Gore Bike Wear
I've been looking for a cycling jacket that is lightweight enough to pack into a jersey pocket for when it rains or the sun goes in or you stop and get cold. I'm a bit of a fan of Gore Bike Wear so ordered the Xenon II active shell jacket and it arrived today
I love the jacket - it's really lightweight and packs into its own pocket, but...! I'm too fat!
Designed to be an innovative approach to crossover conditions, these Gore Bike Wear Fusion Windstopper Soft Shell Gloves emulate a shooting glove in style (except with long fingers, and hopefully no gun!), using a tuck-away hood to cover the last three fingers when descending or when the temperature just nudges chilly.
The Power 2.0 Lady Tights are well made, as you'd expect from Gore, from good quality fabric and they're versatile enough for year round use.
I'm firmly of the opinion that a decent pair (or six) of three-quarter length Lycra tights are the most useful thing a female cyclist can have in her wardrobe. Get them the right weight of fabric and the right length and you can wear them all year round.
At first look, Gore's Alp-X Pro Lady Shorts seem a strange and fantastical idea- a pair of shorts that are half baggy shorts and half sleek short tights. The Alp-X Pro were designed with mountain biking in mind, specifically technically challenging riding, where the excess fabric of baggy shorts could interfere with ease of body movement, but still giving a baggy short 'look' and style. The main body of the short appears to be a fairly standard loosish fit, yet there's an integrated inner lycra short that becomes external at the section between the legs.
The Countdown AS Lady Vest (there's also a male version) is a lightweight gilet designed specifically for cycling and one of the few available in a women's specific cut. Gilets are particularly handy in the UK's challenging climate. It's great to have something along on a ride that's pocket sized that'll bestow a hefty wallop of protection and warmth for its size and weight.