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The Gore Chase Jersey Men's is lightweight and breathable, which makes it ideal for warm weather. The fit is aero yet doesn't restrict movement or versatility, thanks to an aggressive yet well not too-aggressive cut. The details haven't been overlooked either, with reflective accents and even zippered pockets, but there are cheaper alternatives available.
The Chase is for fast summer riding, and features Gore's 'form fit' shaping and minimal weight – it's just 119g. It's designed to be worn tight to the body, which Gore says not only improves aerodynamics, but enhances moisture management and thermal efficiency as well.
As you'd expect from a jersey of this price, the fit is excellent. It's tight in all the right places, without being restrictive or uncomfortable the way some aero jerseys can be. The cut might be marketed as 'aggressive' but it's actually a really nice balance; it gives little away in terms of speed, whilst still being wearable every day.
For example, in many race jerseys my long torso can mean there's a gap to my bibs when I stand up – not a great look at the café! – but the Chase jersey is a more sensible length. It's just right for maintaining dignity during coffee, whilst not gathering or bunching up on the smash back home.
As is the current trend, the sleeves are cut long, coming to about an inch above my elbow. The rear is also dropped, and silicone grippers prevent it rising even when you're down on the drops.
To maximise aerodynamics the Chase jersey doesn't have a collar as such, and its low-profile design ensures there's no irritation. It works with all but the highest-cut baselayers.
The recent heatwave has been a great test of test-kit breathability, and the Chase has been very impressive. The lightweight material allows air to easily flow through it, keeping you cool and allowing rapid wicking, highlighted by just how rapidly it dries. The back panel is a thin mesh, which aids ventilation further, whilst the front is more opaque.
The material is somewhat lighter than the Gore Race Jersey's, which does limit its use to summer months and warmer climates, but in these it excels.
For storage you'll find a total of four pockets; three gusseted and one zipped one for valuables. The zipped one is just about big enough for a large phone, and the others are elasticated at the top to keep contents secure.
The main pockets aren't the largest though, which may become a factor on long rides – they are quite deep but narrow. They're not as large as the Pactimo Summit Aero's pockets, for example. You'll still fit a few bars, a pump and a small gilet in them, and the choice of materials means they don't sag or bounce about.
For low light riding the Gore logos are reflective, and there's a band of reflective dots across the rear that wraps around the sides a little as well.
At £129.99 the Chase jersey is £50 cheaper than the Gore's pretty similar Race Jersey, but is more limited to warmer conditions. Aero jerseys of this quality don't come cheap, but there are cheaper ones out there, such as the Pactimo Summit Aero Range SS mentioned earlier – it's £105.
Plenty cost just as much as the Gore offering without offering any extra functionality, however, such as the MAAP Allied Pro Air Jersey at an almost an identical price of £128.
The Chase is a premium jersey with a premium price to match. It's very comfortable and a great balance between an aero and 'everyday' cut. The quality is excellent, it breathes really well and – if for some reason the multicolour swirls aren't to your taste – it also comes in either blue or black.
Premium, highly breathable aero-cut jersey that's great for warm, fast rides of any length
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Gore Chase Jersey Mens
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Gore says, "Inspired by the professional peloton and built for riders who demand the highest standards from both themselves and their gear. A performance-driven, skin-tight fit is race-ready and optimized for speed."
The jersey does have an aero cut yet is not as aggressive as some, making it suitable for any fast (and warm) rides.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Highly functional material mix for optimum comfort, high breathability and quick redrying time
High moisture management
4-way stretch fabric
Race inspired road cycling fit: lengthened sleeves and dropped tail
Mesh insert in back for optimum ventilation
Grippy insert at the back hem
3-gusseted back pockets
Integrated back pocket with concealed zipper for valuables
Full length front zip
£129.99 is more than anyone NEEDS to spend on a jersey; however, it is very comfortable and well made, so will be good for many happy miles.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, especially in hot weather – the mesh back offers excellent ventilation.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It's aero, yet you can stand up in it without looking ridiculous!
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Because it's so comfortable I wanted to wear it on long rides, and consequently found pocket storage a limitation – they're quite narrow.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
As mentioned in the review, there are cheaper options out there. This is towards the premium end of the market, but there are still more expensive products.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Other than the price there's not much to dislike; the cut/fit is excellent, the materials are extremely functional and it's comfortable to wear. The pockets could be larger, but it is great to see a zippered one on an aero jersey. It really good.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized venge pro 2019 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,