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Gore Bike Wear Element Windstopper Softshell Bibtights + - Women's

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    Elemental protection for her.

    Gore Bike Wear has expanded its women's offerings for 2015, and no single article is more appreciated around the Competitive office than the Element Windstopper Soft Shell Bib Tights. We admit that we're a little confused as to why it took Gore, the leading manufacturer of water- and wind-resistant gear across all outdoor sport disciplines, to offer a women's-specific bib tight. But, now that it does have one, it's just about as good as it gets.

    As with all Gore clothing, the star of the show is the fabric. It's no accident that nearly every clothing manufacturer uses Gore's tech. These tights use three layers in a build more akin to a 2.5 layer construction: an outer layer, a Windstopper membrane, and a lining. In this cycling sandwich, the two pieces of bread protect the Windstopper so that it can protect you, keeping you warm, breathing to transfer moisture and prevent overheating, and fending-off the elements. The back panel has a more flexible but less protective blend of materials, letting you move freely in the areas that don't need as much wind protection.

    The Element's Soft Shell construction is a touch heavier than Gore's similar Active Shell fabric, owing to a difference in lining. Active Shell uses a thin, mesh-like scrim for wind protection without adding undue warmth and weight while the Soft Shell incorporates a plush, soft lining that's thicker for insulation in cold weather. Given that we typically turn to tights for warmth and we have a propensity for soft things, we like the Soft Shell very much.

    For the chamois, Gore cozied up with chamois giant Cy-Tech's Elastic Interface division, which has developed a line of multi-density foam inserts for different body types and ride demands. The Element Bib Tights have the women's two hour insert, making it just right for cold-weather rides meant to maintain form through fall and winter or start rebuilding a base in spring.

    The Elements have a wide bib setup for a women's-specific fit with a cross-chest hook closure that keeps the bibs in place and offers some support for cyclists with smaller cup sizes. They also have a zipper around the midsection that lets you remove the bibs for easy bio-breaks. We love this feature because it lets us keep our base layer and jacket on, which prevents unnecessary loss of body heat. It's also a lot less of a pain. The back of the bibs is mesh for ventilation; the ankles feature zippers for easy on, easy off; and reflective highlights help keep you visible in the low-light conditions that you'll eventually encounter while using these tights.

    The Gore Bike Wear Element Windstopper Soft Shell Bib Tights - Women's are available in sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large in the colors Black and Black/neon yellow.

    • Item #GBW002K

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [front] Windstopper (100% polyester), [back] Windstopper (92% polyester, 8% elastane)
    Season
    fall, winter, spring
    Length
    full-length
    Chamois
    yes, Elastic Interface
    Bib
    yes
    Antimicrobial
    yes
    Reflective
    yes
    Recommended Use
    cold-weather cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Really Weird Fit

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I was really excited to try these, and thought the zipper idea on the bib was a cool idea. But like a few other reviewers mentioned, the fit is way off. I ordered a Large instead of my usual Medium knowing the wind stopper material would be stiff and snug. I was right about that, and was able to eventually get them on. They were still super tight around my thighs, yet somehow incredibly loose around my stomach and waist. There is no way they would stay in place. The chamois was pretty poor quality too-- I don't think I'd be ok wearing it for even just a few hours. I'm sure the fabric is excellent for winter riding, but the fit needs a lot of work and they should use a higher quality chamois.

    Fit is bizarre

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    I really wanted to love these but can't get past the fit. Small normally fits me fine (even Castelli ;) ) but it takes real effort to get these up on the thighs - and then they tend to shift down. On top of that, the waist/hips/stomach area is loose. Great if you're smuggling sausages, not so great on a 2+ hour ride. By the way, believe them when they say the chammy is only good for short rides. Gore fabric is excellent windstopper and does decent job of keeping out the cold, but not excellent enough to get around the fit problems. If they charge another $20 and throw in a decent pad - and fix the fit (at least in the thighs!) - Gore's got a great product. Otherwise, avoid unless you're 4 months pregnant with skinny legs and have a <30 minute commute.

    If you have muscular legs, forget this.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    I couldn't get the windstopper material past the knees, over the thighs. I have muscular calves and thighs, and I am normally a large, but ordered XL thinking the less stretchy windstopper material would be more difficult to stretch. I was right.

    Not just Winter, Spring bib tights, too!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    These are my first pair of bib tights.
    My commute in the morning is approximately 20km. I leave just before sun up around 5:30am. These tights have been great. They keep my legs warm in windy conditions - so far as cold as -6C! The tights are comfortable and have a good chamois. They machine wash well. I hang them to dry.

    They do make a swishing sound when I am walking in them! :-)
    Very sexy.

    The Demarchi bib tights that I bought at the same time and worn in similar conditions are not as warm.