Like this site? Help us to make it better.


Gorewear M Gore Windstopper Baselayer Shirt Short Sleeve



Highly effective windproof base layer that feels lovely next to your skin – but it is expensive
Fits well
Wicks well
Sticks up its middle finger to the wind
Can get whiffy

At every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a proper insight into how well it works. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective. While we strive to ensure that opinions expressed are backed up by facts, reviews are by their nature an informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. We don't intentionally try to break anything (except locks) but we do try to look for weak points in any design. The overall score is not just an average of the other scores: it reflects both a product's function and value – with value determined by how a product compares with items of similar spec, quality, and price.

What the scores mean

Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad.

  • Exceptional
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Quite good
  • Average
  • Not so good
  • Poor
  • Bad
  • Appalling

The Gorewear M Gore Windstopper Base Layer Shirt may not be cycling-specific – but I found this short-sleeve top extremely handy both on and off the bike. It has highly effective Windstopper panels where you really want them and it fits well. It's just a shame that you're going to need quite deep pockets to buy one.

> Buy now: Gorewear M Gore Windstopper Base Layer Shirt for £48.99 from Gorewear

This base layer is made from man-made materials, and it looks like it's basically the same as Gorewear's non-Windstopper base layer with strategically placed windproof panels on top.

That base layer of the base layer (see what I did there) is a mesh fabric made from a mix of 88% polypropylene, 8% elastane and 4% polyamide, which is stretchy, wicks moisture effectively and feels good next to your skin. In fact, it feels so nice that I'd happily wear it all day, every day.

2023 Gorewear M GORE WINDSTOPPER Base Layer Shirt - sleeve.jpg

Windproof, breathable and water-resistant Gore-Tex Infinium WindTex fabric has been added to the shoulders, front and kidneys, and the result is pretty much like having an all-in-one base layer and lightweight windproof gilet, but in a more breathable package.


It's been a great base layer to wear in the cold and wet weather we've been having, adding a bit of warmth and weather protection, while managing my sweat as effectively as any non-windstopping base layer.

2023 Gorewear M GORE WINDSTOPPER Base Layer Shirt - tail.jpg

Having said that, I can imagine this base layer also shining on warmer wet and/or windy days, wearing just a lightweight jersey on top.

Fit and cut

Gorewear describes this as having its 'Form Fit', which it calls its 'closest fit, designed to be worn tight to the body'. I'd describe it as somewhere between figure hugging and sprayed-on, which is pretty much spot on as far as I'm concerned.

2023 Gorewear M GORE WINDSTOPPER Base Layer Shirt - logo back.jpg

This isn't marketed as a cycling-specific base layer – and I've happily worn it for long hikes, skiing and running. Oh, and not forgetting cycling of course.


It is available in black, which isn't always ideal when worn under a more transparent jersey, and the white/light grey version that we tested. This has the advantage of being better to wear under a cycling jersey, but it might hang around a bit longer in the washing pile – we hardly ever run a whites wash, though you might be different.

2023 Gorewear M GORE WINDSTOPPER Base Layer Shirt - back.jpg

My solution was to just bung it in with the colours, and as the front's already a light grey, it's not made much of a difference.

2023 Gorewear M GORE WINDSTOPPER Base Layer Shirt - shoulders.jpg

It's not like merino, in that I've found it needs to be washed after any meaningful ride – without any anti-bacterial properties it can get a bit whiffy. That said, in my experience this seems to be the case for most base layers made from man-made materials.


I used Gorewear's sizing chart that suggested medium was the correct fit for me. Medium is what I normally wear, it's the size I tested and it was a perfect fit.


The £69.99 price is not cheap for a base layer, even one that offers wind protection. That said, while the similar base layers that we have tested are cheaper, the differences aren't by an order of magnitude.

Craft's Active Extreme X Wind Short Sleeve base layer was £50 when Shaun tested it, but it's now £65.

The GripGrab Windbreaking Thermal Short Sleeve Base Layer is a little cheaper at £55.95 but Vecchiojo rated it very highly and it made it into our best cycling base layers buyer's guide.

As ever, it's not hard to find something that's even more expensive. I tested the Q36.5 Base Layer 2 Short Sleeve, which will set you back £76 – and it doesn't even break wind.

At the other end of the scale, Rachel tested the Alpkit Koulin Trail Tee for It's not cycling-specific and doesn't have any wind-stopping qualities, but it does cost just £24.99.


I enjoyed using the Gorewear Windstopper Base Layer Shirt both on and off the bike. It fits well, the fabric feels nice against your skin, it wicks effectively and Windstopper lives up to its name. But however much I appreciated wearing it, I'd find it hard to justify the full price – though if you can get it at a discounted price, colour me very interested.


Highly effective windproof base layer that feels lovely next to your skin – but it is expensive test report

Make and model: Gorewear M GORE WINDSTOPPER Base Layer Shirt

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

This is what Gorewear says:

Perfect for any outdoor activity on cool to cold days.

Base layers are the foundation for staying warm and dry in cold conditions so we wanted to use our expertise with GORE WINDSTOPPER® to create a low bulk base layer with great breathability and wind protection to enable you to spend more time outside in cold weather.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Gorewear has this to say:

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® product: totally windproof, extremely breathable and durably water resistant

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® insert on front, over shoulders and on kidney area

Thin and soft fabric

Quick drying material

Next-to-skin comfort

Minimised seams for less chafing

Flatlock seams

Reflective logo

Weight: 170 grams

MAIN: 100% Polyester PANELS: 88% Polypropylene, 8% Elastane, 4% Polyamide

Rate the product for quality of construction:
Rate the product for performance:
Rate the product for durability:
Rate the product for fit:
Rate the product for sizing:

I followed Gorewear's sizing guide which suggested medium would be correct – and it was.

Rate the product for weight:

The 121g weight is pretty insignificant – less than the GripGrab we tested but more than the Craft.

Rate the product for comfort:
Rate the product for value:

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

The washing instructions say: "Cold gentle machine wash. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Cool iron. Do not dry clean."

As per usual, I just chucked it in with the normal wash, on 30°C or 40°C, whatever was going, using Halo Sports Wash detergent. And there are no problems to report other than it going a bit grey – but that's my own fault for chucking it in with coloured kit. White is a silly colour for a base layer.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It wicks away sweat effectively, and it gives an added bit of protection from the wind – in other words, it does pretty much what you'd expect it to do.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit is good – and it works.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It could be cheaper.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

It's a little more expensive than the other two windbreaking tops we've reviewed. You can find more expensive base layers, like the Q 36.5, though Alpkit makes a perfectly effective non-cycling-specific base layer for £24.99.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? No – too expensive for me

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – if budget was no issue

Use this box to explain your overall score

This really is an very good base layer: it fits well, it's lovely to wear and it does its job well. It's just a shame that this sort of all-round quality comes at such a high price. And that cost is pretty much the only negative.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 77kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Ribble Endurance SL disc

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, mtb, Zwift

Latest Comments