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For rough weather conditions, the hard shell jacket sounds like the right tool for the job, at least on paper. You'll find quickly, however, that your hard shell is hot and clammy. That's because it just isn't breathable enough for the kind of work you're doing on a bicycle. All that vapor (and you're making a lot of vapor) is trapped inside the jacket and suddenly you're wearing a steam room. The hard shell fabric also flaps around like crazy on any downhill and it just doesn't feel very soft and comfortable. This is where a softshell jacket like the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X 2.0 SO Zip-Off Jacket really shines. Softshell fabric is ultra-breathable and allows your body to regulate its temperature naturally without trapping heat and moisture against your skin. Gore's soft shell fabric is also stretchy so it's able to give the Alp-X a more athletic cut that not only makes layering easier, but doesn't flap around every time you bury the needle.

The ALP-X 2.0 SO Zip-Off Jacket  is constructed of WindStopper Soft Shell fabric. WindStopper Soft Shell is soft, stretchy, breathable, and body-contouring. It fits and breathes like a comfortable mid-layer, yet it offers a level of water and wind resistance that approaches the protection afforded by a hard-shell jacket. Gore Bike Wear gave the ALP-X its Slim Fit, which means that it contours the body closely to ensure aerodynamics and proper moisture management. Strategically placed stretch panels eliminate binding and add durability. Additionally, the elbows are pre-shaped so that there's no restrictive tugging when you reach for the handlebars. The jacket has a subtle drop tail for full coverage and to protect the seat of your pants from wheel spray. It also has a shaped collar to ensure neck comfort. The zipper is supplied with an underflap and garage to keep it tucked away nicely when the jacket is fully zipped. If you find yourself overheating during hard efforts, you can ventilate through two side zips.

The Alp-X Jacket has removable sleeves so you can quickly turn it into a vest on warmer days or for layering purposes. There are two zip pockets on the back for security and one mesh pocket for your water or a snack. the single chest pocket holds your music, keys, or whatever you'd like to keep close at hand. A partially elastic gripper at the waist keeps the jacket from riding up. Fall rides often happen under low-light conditions, so Gore Bike Wear put a reflective logo on the front and back of the jacket, along with added reflective print on the sleeves and back.

The Gore Bike Wear ALP-X 2.0 SO Zip-Off Jacket comes in sizes Small through XX-Large and in five color schemes: Black, Castle Grey/black, Navy Blue/black, White/black, and Red/black.

Tech Specs

[shell] polyester, [stretch panels] 92% polyester, 8% elastane
Windproof Rating:
2 back zip, 1 chest, 1 back mesh
not taped
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart

GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear

Jerseys & Jackets
Chest 32.75 - 34.75in
(83 - 88cm)
35 - 37in
(89 - 94cm)
37.5 - 39.5in
(95 - 100cm)
39.75 - 41.75in
(101 - 106cm)
42 - 44in
(107 - 112cm)
Arm Length 29.75 - 30.75in
(76.5 - 78cm)
31 - 31.75in
(79 - 80.5cm)
32 - 32.75in
(81.5 - 83cm)
33 - 33.75in
(84 - 85.5cm)
34 - 34.75in
(86.5 - 88cm)
Shorts & Bibs & Tights
Waist 28.75 - 30.75in
(73 - 78cm)
31 - 33in
(79 - 84cm)
33.5 - 35.5in
(85 - 90cm)
35.75 - 37.75in
(91 - 96cm)
38 - 40in
(97 - 102cm)
Hip 33.5 - 35.5in
(85 - 90cm)
35.75 - 37.75in
(91 - 96cm)
38 - 40in
(97 - 102cm)
40.5 - 42.5in
(103 - 108cm)
43 - 45in
(109 - 114cm)
Inseam 30.75 - 31.25in
(78 - 79cm)
31.5 - 32in
(80 - 81cm)
32.5 - 32.75in
(82 - 83cm)
33 - 33.5in
(84 - 85cm)
34 - 34.25in
(86 - 87cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Arm Length:
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Staying Warm At Elevation

Thanks to his ALP-X 2.0 SO Zip-Off Jacket Gore Ambassador Justin R. doesn't let a little early morning chill stop him from getting after some singletrack in CO

Staying Warm At Elevation
Avg. ride time: 10h 27m per week
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Le Bomb

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Tall collar in the back keeps your neck warm. When the sleeves are on and the jacket zipped up, a warm envelope of luscious air protects you from the mean outside conditions. When things warm up, unzip the sleeves and put them in the large center pocket, and if the mountain passes get ugly, you'll be ready. Side zip pockets hold your food so things don't get complicated. Fits true to size and the zippers work when your hands don't. This is my best winter item.

ALP-X 2.0 WINDSTOPPER? SO Zip-Off Jacket

Windless Alp-X jacket. Innovative, non-bulky collar and hem solutions that keep the jacket close to the skin. Feel comfortable, without air infiltration. This lightweight Soft Shell also turns quickly into a tight-fit vest.


gore is legit

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

I do a lot of night riding this time of year; and although this is California the weather at night is between 40 and 60 degrees. This is a temperature range that really tests a garment. Those who are acclimated to colder climates will call this a spring and fall jacket with good water shedding capabilities. But for those of us lucky to ride all rear round this is a three season jacket that does what it says. It keeps you warm and dry from 45 till about 55 degrees then it is way too hot. No problem because then you can turn it into a vest. If you use the front zipper to regulate heat you will stay dryer, but at this price there should be armpit zippers too. The material seems to stand up to brush snags well to.


Mediocre Build Quality

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I really liked the fit, feel and functionality of this jacket. However, after my second washing the breast pocket came unlaminated. I returned the jacket to competitive cyclist without problems. I wish I trusted that the same thing wouldn't happen again. My other Gore Bike Wear jacket has been really good.

Get it Cam. You can take Colorado Chris out, but Dr Zip Grip is gonna be a challenge. I'm rooting for you. This comment will help a little. And yes, where is Gore's normal level of quality with this garment? What gives?

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I am running out of stuff to review. I guess I have to move to comments, likes and photos.

Yes! So pumped to see that you took him down! And Dr Zip Grip. Nothing against either one, but hell yes, someone else is making moves! Haha, didn't expect it to happen so quickly. To be honest, I was going for it then realized that I was pretty much out of things to review. Haha, gotta dig deep and hit the chains, socks, gloves and all that stuff up. Don't let it slide now. Tools are a slam dunk. Also, photos are a money maker.

Looks like I am more competitive with a pen than on a bike. Although I love and use pretty much every piece of gear I got, I am overwhelmed to have quantified how much gear I've invested in over the years. Peter, keep working at it and if you make your way to Europe in the next couple of years, look me up and we'll go for a ride.


Excellent jacket for both summer/winter

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the best jacket I have owned. I am a size 38 waist and weigh 220 lbs. Gore tends to fit slim so I purchased the XXL which fits perfectly. If I had gone with the XL, it would have been too tight. I think the XL would fit someone who is 195-210 lbs. much better. I wore this jacket on a 1000 mile bike tour up the California coast and it was perfect for all weather conditions I experienced along the way. The two zippered pockets on the side rear are deep enough to hold all of your snacks, money and even a small pump. The wrist opening is perfect and did not chafe my wrists at any point on my rides. The front pocket is a great size for a smart phone and or money as well. The zippers that hold the removable sleeves are very well made and remove and zip up easily. The rear pockets easily hold the sleeves when you want to use the jacket as a vest. As for wind, I really put this jacket to the test as my entire ride north was against head winds. There were a number of days when I was on my tour when I was riding against 15-20 mile winds. The jacket kept all of the wind out, and still was breathable enough so that I would not accumulate sweat during long rides. The overall construction is excellent and looks great. I liked this jacket so much I purchased it in black and also red. The red color is bright but that keeps you visible to passing drivers.

Excellent jacket for both summer/winter

would this jacket be too warm for 50 degree...

would this jacket be too warm for 50 degree temps in higher altitudes with wind? Live north of LA and need a mountain bike jacket that cuts wind but isn't to flappy!

Best Answer

Hi Todd, I've had mine now for about 9 months and have used it in temps from 45-65F (5-18C). The removable sleeves make it versatile but I usually don't take them off until the temp is over 60F. I'm in Australia so doesn't get that cold here and this jacket has a good temperature range. It's been my jacket of choice so would recommend it. Wind resistance is great. Doesn't flap. It is a slim fit and the only thing you might need to consider is that the cuffs are quite tight, don't have zips and don't have much stretch. I'm a slim guy so not an issue but some have complained of stitching breaking on the cuff. You just need to be careful putting it on over your hands.


Versatile jacket

    I chose the jacket mainly because of the zip off sleeves. I didn't want to buy a shell and a vest, and this fit the bill for both. I have worn it a lot over the past 6 months or so. I have found Gore bike wear to be great quality and functional clothing. The zippered chest pocket is great for cell phone and to keeps gels from getting too thick in the cold. The two zippered pockets on the back securely hold lots of other stuff and the open mesh pocket in the middle holds the rolled up sleeves perfectly. I have gone out and had to remove the sleeves when I got too warm and I have had to put them on when I got too cold. I love the ability to adjust like that. It is totally windproof and highly water resistant. I wouldn't want to wear it in heavy rain, but it doesn't have a hood anyway. The fabric is somewhat substantial though. This is not one of those super light windbreakers that rolls up to the size of a banana. You could put it in a jersey pocket, but you're not going to forget its there. The only negative about this jacket is that after a while riding in the cold, you get some sweat/condensation inside. Its mostly only noticeable in that stuff in the zipped up pockets will have some moisture on it after riding for a while. Any wind or waterproof garment isn't going to breathe like one that isn't. Gore Windstopper is about as good as you're going to get. I have worn this in temps ranging from the mid 20's to the upper 50's. I would definitely recommend to a friend or buy it again.


    Poor quality

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    So after my second ride the stitching came off on the wrist. Is it worth paying for shipping to send it back? Looks good new. after 10 rides the stitching is coming apart in other places. Made in china!!!! This jacket has been used lightly.

    Poor quality

    Wow! Pathetic.

    Not just made-in-China, either: myself (and some others') have had similar problems with some Giordana, made-in-Italy...

    Too much focus on mass-production & Gross Profit margins! It's a shame.

    Hey Cruiser, Gore do tend to be a slimmer fit and I've had my jacket now for a season and find that the wrist opening is quite small for me and it's very tight getting the jacket off sometimes. The material doesn't stretch much. So I can see that depending of the size of your wrist and hand the stitching could break if forced....I've heard the stitching in mine crack a couple of times when not taking care. Thankfully the stitching hasn't broken yet. But other than that I love the jacket.

    Responded on February 13, 2014

    Stitching came out of mine there too in first days of ownership. I ride with it almost daily probably 6 months out of the year here in Vancouver and have had it for about 2 full years now. That's the only issue I've had with it.

    My beef is what caused it in the first place: the stupid neoprene cuff. I bitched about the neoprene cuff on the waterproof Oxygen GT AS I own as well, but that's because it just acts like a sponge. On the Alp-X it's just plain useless (don't say it keeps the wind out; the cuff without the neoprene would do that just fine).

    Neoprene is for wetsuits.