Next time a little rain in the forecast has you considering skipping your ride, reach for the Gore Bike Wear Alp-X 3.0 GT AS Women’s Shorts and let everyone else worry about the deluge. Built with a pedaling-friendly cut, and backed by a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane, they’ll take the edge off the worst wheel spray. After all, you’re no fair-weather rider, are you?
In case it wasn’t obvious from looking at them, the Alp-X 3.0s have a contoured cut and carefully placed seams, which allow for maximum freedom of motion throughout the full range of cycling positions. The fabric is a blend of polyester, nylon, and elastane, for durability and a forgiving stretch. Additionally, a reinforced panel has been added at the seat to fight wear precisely where you need it. The elastic waistband provides a bit of give to fight bunching around the waist.
A small internal pocket keeps your keys where you left them, as well as protecting the electronic car keys from the damaging effects of weather. Reflective details keep you visible to motorists, especially in low-light situations.
The Gore Bike Wear Alp-X 3.0 GT AS Shorts - Women's are available in six sizes, from X-Small to XX-Large, and in the color Black.
- Item #GBW001E
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
The concept of rain shorts is a new one for me but they're a great alternative to a soggy chamois or baggy rain pants. I've only used my pair on one occasion but it was enough to get a feel for them. First, they're designed to slip over lycra shorts with a chamois, or that's how I used them. They certainly kept my shorts dry in some moderate rain and kept me warm without turning things into a sauna. The bagginess of the shorts actually lets some air circulate which is probably their greatest advantage over rain pants.
Now for their look...I have to admit I didn't think they were all that flattering but this probably isn't the most important thing when it comes to rain shorts. The shorts reach my knees in length (but I'm 5' 2") and they make some noise while pedaling (that swishy rain gear kind of noise).
But they are certainly effective and a better alternative to rain pants. Gore Bike Wear makes some of the best gear in the business.