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Gore Bike Wear Alp-X AS Light Men's Jacket

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Description

Whenever nasty weather pops up, pull the Gore Bike Wear Alp-X AS Light Jacket out of your pack for dedicated coverage. Completely windproof and breathable, the WindStopper Alp-X sheds the elements, while it also packs into its own stow pocket for convenient carrying.

Gore Bike Wear's Alp-X AS Light Jacket is made from Gore's patented WindStopper fabric. As its name implies, Windstopper provides an absolute level of protection against the wind, defining itself as utterly windproof. However, what you don't take away from the title is that this material is also water-resistant. Now, it's worth noting that Gore's designation of 'water-resistant' is superior to other manufacturers' insistence of 'waterproof.' This combination of attributes falls inline with what Gore calls its Outfit System. Within this system, there are three layers of apparel with three specific functions. The first layer is for moisture management, the second layer controls thermo-regulation, and the third layer, such as this jacket, provides weather protection. Accordingly, Windstopper will repel water, shed snow, and block out any wind, all while remaining highly breathable.

And although the Alp-X is made for mountainous touring, you're going to have to ride home at some point. Which is why Gore included reflective piping and accents throughout the jacket. Additionally, Gore included a full-length front zipper with an under-flap that eliminates wind from sneaking through. You'll also find that a zip-port has been added in order to mitigate irritation against the skin.

The Alp-X AS Light Jacket has pre-shaped elbows and an ergonomically shaped collar for a natural feel. Gore even gave the Alp-X abrasion-resistant prints on the shoulders in order to resist wear from backpacks. However, aside from the aforementioned, our favorite feature of the jacket is its light overall weight. At around a mere 110 grams, the jacket provides protection from the elements without heating you up, making it ideal for spring and summer rides. Additionally, this attribute makes the Alp-X's easy to pack into a jersey pocket, which is made even simpler by the included stow pocket.

The Gore Bike Wear Alp-X AS Light Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/graphite grey, Vibrant Orange/black, and Red/black.

Tech Specs

Material:
[face fabric] polyamide, [membrane/laminate] Windstopper
Fabric Waterproof Rating:
water-resistant
Fabric Breathability Rating:
highly breathable
Seams:
not taped
Fit:
anatomically contoured
Hood:
no
Venting:
side zips
Season:
spring/summer
Windproof Rating:
100%
Pockets:
1 internal stow
Claimed Weight:
[size large] 110 g
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Geometry Chart

 

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Seat Tube

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Effective Top Tube

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Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

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Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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Lightweight, but too light on features

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs small

I own several pieces of Gore Bike Wear and love the material. The Windstopper jackets are very breathable and keep you warm, but most of them have a mesh lining and some additional features that make it hard to just stuff it into a jersey pocket. I have a Gore Tex Paclite shell, which is great for storing it away, but doesn't breath as lightly as the Windstopper materials. Naturally, I was excited when I saw this new jacket which seemed to fit the bill, also in the sense that the Backcountry price was awesome. Regretably, I will send the jacket back. As usualy with the Gore Bike Wear slim fit, I ordered XL which fits me reasonably well. Unfortunately, the sleeves are a little wide and contrary other GBW jackets, this one doesn't have loops to tighten the sleeves. As a result, wind enters, which contradicts the whole point of a Windstopper jacket. Also, don't expect this jacket to be warm. It's super-thin, so unfortunately, it doesn't have much of the comfort as oher GBW jackets. I have also tried to Xenon 2.0 jacket, which has nicer sleeves, but runs even tighter. The compromise is the Oxygen GT AS Jacket, which is light, has nice sleeves, but is again of Gore Tex material that doesn't breathe as well. Oh well, I guess I will still be waiting that Gore will eventually make a perfect jacket that offers the perfect balance of light, windproof, breathable and good fit.