The Oxygen 2.0 bib and Windstopper Active Shell from Gore Bike Wear have been my favourite pieces to ride so far this season. I've ridden some hard miles in these Gore Bike Wear garments, including an 8 day 900+ km trip through Europe #IntoTheElements, as well as thousands of kilometres at home in the Hampshire hills.
The Oxygen 2.0 bib short, and the Windstopper Active Shell jacket were key items I chose to take on my first ever bike touring trip. Read my thoughts below on these products, and checkout my first ever tour blog.
Oxygen Windstopper Active Shell Light Jacket
I found this jacket an absolute joy to ride in; and indeed most of the time I decided I was suffering enough to put it on, it didn’t come off until I was home.
The fundamental protection from this packable jacket is fantastic, considering its weight. It comes in at only 121g in a size medium, and in my opinion offers better protection than some jackets twice its weight. It’s versatile, well fitted, waterproof, windproof, and the full length zip makes on-the-bike changeovers a dream.
Ideal to chuck on in those irregular downpours, or on longer descents; it is a highly capable jacket.
The red version of the jacket is a good colourway for visibility on the roads, and the refined high-viz detailing, including the Windstopper logos on the arms and hem, are a nice touch.
You might have heard your cycling friends say "You get what you pay for", and that is certainly the case with this jacket - it's a top performer.
View the Gore Bike Wear Oxygen Windstopper Active Shell Light Jacket at Wiggle
Oxygen 2.0 bib shorts
For me, the Gore Bike Wear Oxygen Bib Shorts are my favourite shorts in the range this year.
I found the pad very comfortable; with a nice gradual layering structure, and great breathability.
These are ideal for long rides, lots of training, and hot weather.
The shorts have a compression contact against the skin which is something I like. This offers some well needed muscle support whilst on long rides or multiple days riding with increased muscle fatigue.
The leg grippers on the shorts are built into the design; with a large compression fabric band providing a secure hold on the thigh. This design, which differs from your traditional gel leg grippers, did take some time to get used to - as it doesn't give as much stretch in the lower leg of the short; however, I found it comfortable.
The bib short's construction follows the characteristics you can expect from many Gore Bike Wear products; these are a quality garment, made from tough material, with strong stitching, and breathable and lightweight fabrics.
Gore have spent lots of time developing and testing new products in their shorts this year; delivering concepts to market that are true innovations. I'm excited to see what they continue to deliver in years to come, and the fantastic products we will benefit from riding.