As the months roll on, we all hope for endless days of short-clad summer cycling. However, as the reality of living in the northern hemisphere bites, that’s not often how it goes in the UK. As Gore Bike Wear launch their new POWER LADY road cycling collection for women, I’ve put their new POWER LADY ¾ tights and GORE Windstopper Jersey to the test, perfectly timed for the multitude of weather systems that define our summer season!
I’ve known Gore for many years, having spent my entire career working for technical outdoor and cycling brands. For anyone used to the wind and rain, Gore-Tex and Gore Windstopper are synonymous with weather protection. I’m keen to put the jersey through its paces and see how it performs.
Out the packet, instantly the feel of silky soft fabrics suggest substance and quality. From closer inspection, it’s also clear to see a lot of thought has been given to design lines, seams and feature sets. Whilst I do get tired of pink making an appearance in a women’s line up, the shade is bold, bright and practical for riding in less than perfect conditions – when visiblity is key.
Fit & Features – Gore Windstopper Jersey
I’m impressed with the fit of the jersey, as being a US brand, the fit can often be boxy. The jersey has a slim, feminine fit, although it’s not skin-tight, so ideal for additional base layers.
Styling is clean with a simple, yet useful set of features, with 3 even sized pockets to the rear lined with reflective, but no zips unfortunately. For the price and compared with others, some form of weather protected pocket would have been ideal.
A unique aspect to the jersey is the protective flap to the rear hem, also with reflective lining. Ideal for when the rain turns on you and you welcome some added cover from the spray, as well as giving assurance you can be seen when riding close to traffic.
Fit & Features – Gore POWER LADY ¾ Tights
Trying on the 3/4 tights, I’m immediately impressed with the length, an inseam of 43 cm that give great mid-calf reach. No mid pedal playing around to adjust them!
Using a quality poly/elastane mix, they feel tough and hardwearing and after mutiple use on their own and under MTB shorts, the fabric’s held up well against abrasion and regular washing. I’m delighted when it comes to trying the feminine waistband; it’s been thoughtfully constructed and sits well above the hips, so again, no mid-ride movement (and it keep the tummy in after a mid-ride cake stop of course!).
To The Test
Gore POWER LADY ¾ Tights
With some overdue wet weather days in Scotland, the rain promptly arrived in time for testing. I found the tights consistently comfortable – with the flat lock seams and the flat, wide waist they were great for all day riding. The chamois feels substancial too, as Gore suggest these as an endurance tight, designed for lengthy hours in the saddle. The do lack storage, there’e a small inside key pocket but I do prefer the option of a zip at the back.
As a pair of tights you’d also likely be wearing in flat light or less than lovely conditions, they’ve accounted for this with reflective logos and type that’s still subtle enough not to make you feel like a reflective brand billboard.
Gore Windstopper Jersey
When it comes to the Gore Windstopper jersey, it’s been a helpful addition to my ride kit, as i’m well placed to get the full force of the wind on the majority of my rides. When it comes to price, it’s a tad costly, considering for £139.99 you could also be looking at a windproof jacket. However, it’s been an ideal piece for the days I’m just not sure what the weather will do. In fact, i’ve worn this the most out of any test piece this summer, i’ve found it breathable yet protective and it’s held up well to regular wash and wear.
What is Gore Windstopper?
Gore Windstopper is a fine membrane layered between a face fabric and a backer, which essentially stops wind from getting through, yet allows it to breath so you don’t get sweaty. When it’s wet and windy, this also stops you feeling the wind chill too. Having ridden my miles mostly in these conditions of late, it’s a trusty option if you’d rather not take a jacket but are still looking for added protection.
Coated in a DWR, the jersey also repels water, so it’s the ideal piece to wear in shoulder seasons when you might be met by unsuspecting rain.
Is It For You?
- If you live in a climate that’s unpredictable and want an alternative to carry additional layers, the Windstopper is a great technology combined within a comfortable, stylish jersey.
- If you’re looking for a longer length ¾ tight that’s offers a solid waistband that’s feminine and flattering.