Winter riding generates plenty of heat, but when perspiration and wind enter the equation, your ride can be ruined. Luckily, the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X 2.0 SO Pants block that chilly breeze with the lightweight and breathable, WindStopper soft shell fabric.
This patented material ensures that the legs stay warm and dry. It does this by maximizing breathability while completely blocking out any wind. Additionally, WindStopper is water-resistant, and its malleable composition is totally free from abrasion. Along these lines, WindStopper's inherent stretch, combined with a slim, anatomic cut, permits the movements of cycling without restriction. Another advantage of the cut is the elimination of that annoying fabric flap when you're setting a fast pace.
The waistband is elastic, and it features a width-adjustable hook-and-loop strap that comfortably holds the ALP-X in place. The lower legs have width adjustment capabilities to clear chains and rings. For durability, Gore has also reinforced the pants at the saddle to ensure that these winter pants last season after season.
For storage of your valuables, the pants have two rear zippered pockets. For extra ventilation, Gore also included side mesh inserts with an adjustable zipper. And knowing that you're inevitably coming off of the trail at some point, Gore incorporated reflective elements throughout the pants for heightened visibility in low-light conditions.
The Gore ALP-X 2.0 SO Pants are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black and Castle Grey.
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
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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Nice built pant. Fully windproof. When in the strong wind, it is better than my Pata Super Alpine jacket which is made of Gore-Tex Pro-shell. I use it for running instead of biking. I don't bike. In early morning running, it works very well in the late winter and spring. I use it also in the late spring and early summer with the vents and pockets fully open. Great for people who has coldness-sensitive knees. I am 5-6, 135lb. Bought S. C O N S : It is so easy to be hooked by some not-so-sharp hardware. I got one hole in 1st weeks. I am not abusing it. I don't even know when did it get the hole. I dont have anything hard with me when I use it.
After trying various pants options for winter biking on the fatbike I decided I needed something that would keep me dry and have somewhat of a form fit. These pants turned out to be a great solution. They keep you plenty warm and if it's too cold an extra layer can be added underneath. The water protection is there also and there are plenty of venting options when things warm up.
I originally bought these for an upcoming bicycle tour in Switzerland. However, I've been using them the past few weeks for my weekly night time MTB rides. They keep my legs warm and comfortable and if I start to overheat the generous leg vents add needed airflow. I've also encountered some decent rain on a few occasions and they have kept me much drier than anticipated.
At first I was concerned that the lightweight material wouldn't stand up to the thick brush and Manzanita we have in SoCal but they've held up great so far. They have even held up to a couple of OTB crashes into the brush as well!
Overall I'm quite impressed with these and have purchased a few other Gore items too. Every one of their products has been impressive!
I just received my ALP-X 2.0 SO pants. My initial thoughts are that they look very well made, extremely soft and good looking for the trails in cold weather. They fit to the body but extremely comfortable at the same time. I will update my review once I put them to the test on sub 30 degree weather. (Soon!) ******************UPDATE******************************* The pants are true to their statement, but as an athletic person with thick legs, I felt I needed more room. they are form fitting which is exactly what the ad says. Unfortunately I didn't get to put them trhough the test as I returned them and I am now waiting for the FUSION SO one size larger in order to feel more loose while also wearing the bibs underneath... I will post on the Fusion SO pants once received.