Review: Gore Power Trail Lady Jersey and Element Gore-Tex Pants
November 7th, 2016
November 7th, 2016
Anna is a jack-of-all-bikes, and has been riding and racing in a myriad of genres for over seven years; from World Cup level cross-country, to grass roots coaching kids on the road.
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The Gore Power range is designed to combine functionality and versatility for the medium-distance road rider, the Power Trail is more for off-road, being a little relaxed and having more attention to weather protection, and the Element is for sport and leisure use, both on and off the road. While each range has a slight focus, Gore never fail to offer a good spread of garments, fabrics and colours in each range. What's more is that Gore never fail to pay attention to us ladies, with a woman's version of almost every man's item, and then a further choice in colour options, not just pink (although there's plenty of that too). With my outfit on test here, I've covered the road/commuter angle, with the option of some leisurely off-roading in my spare time, but with a firm Autumn/Winter focus; the Element Lady Gore-Tex Active Pants and the Gore Power Lady 2.0 Thermo Jersey.
With eight colourways to choose from, this is a striking road cycling jersey ideal as a mid-layer (underneath jacket or vest) or alone as a more active, cool-weather outer layer. As per most cold weather jerseys we have a full front zip, four back pockets and a brushed inside for extra warmth and a soft feeling on the arms. Out on the road, and some gravelly back-roads, the Gore Power Lady Jersey performed well. It was definitely warm, but without being stuffy, and was better that a coat for regulating temperature when I was giving it some beans up the hills. The zip offers a bit of temperature regulation, but on a mild winter day, I never felt the need to pull it down all the way; it regulated my temperature quite well for a winter top. The brushed inside was quite clever too, as it seemed to gather sweat in little droplets (yeah gross, I know), which kept dampness away from my skin and left me feeling dry and warm.
I hate the word "pants". Here in Britain, you'd get a tad cold if you went out cycling in your pants, but thankfully Gore mean 'trousers' when they use the Americanism. These Element Gore-Tex Pants are advertised as a "lightweight and multifunctional GORE-TEX® Active overpants for the female recreational cyclist". I completely concur with them being lightweight, well, for a set of trousers obviously, but I'm not sure about the 'multi-functionional' bit. The top of the pants are stretchy, so they can wiggle down with vigorous mountain biking movements and they're a bit soft to be tackling rough rides through forests or knee slides in the muds. As a road cycling or commuter pant though, they're great; they sit where they're told to, and they bend around the knees without resistance. The cuffs keep the ankles out of harm's way from the chain, and the addition of High-Vis yellow panels and reflective piping further backs up that they are more road oriented. The soft material is very comfortable on the skin, and never felt plastic-like or cold like other non-Gore-Tex trousers I've had in the past. As always, Gore-Tex offers reliable protection from rain and wind, and if staying dry is your main objective, you can't go wrong here. The breathability of the Gore-Tex fabric will also reduce the risk of you getting wet on the inside from build-up of sweat too (yeah, I know, more gross imagery, sorry).
The "pants" are very definitely commuter trousers. They are a tad warm for trail riding, but then, Gore don't explicitly say that that's what they are designed for, however; a brief encounter with some rough roads near Walna Scar certainly proved that these trousers can take a lot more than just a casual jaunt to work, as long as it's not full-blown, mud-sliding mountain biking. They move well, capture the eye in mid-level light, and reflect lights in the dark. The Gore-Tex material keeps them as breathable as a pair of trousers can be and keep the legs totally dry. I particularly like how they feel like a normal set of trousers rather that two sets of bin-bags on my legs. They are a quality piece that would have you feeling pretty smug when paired with a Gore-Tex jacket. For extra cold days, check out the new Power Trail Windstopper Lady, which comes with added insulation to combat feminine sensitivity to temperature, or simply pop the Power Lady Thermo under a jacket. Both items here are very definitely worth the investment for happy, wintery, urban rides.
The Element Lady Gore-Tex Active Pants retail at £139.99, and the Gore Power Lady 2.0 Thermo Jersey retails at £89.99. Men's/unisex range also available.