- C3 Gore WIndstopper Knee Warmers
- Oxygen Classics Gore Windstopper Jersey
- Oxygen Classics Gore Windstopper Bib Shorts
- Universal Gore WIndstopper Gloves
- Element Gore-Tex Active Jacket
- Equipe Gore Windstopper Cap
- Soft and versatile GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Product: windproof, water repellent and highly breathable Jersey: Innovative 3-compartment patch pockets, and small zipped pocket on back Jersey: Highly functional material mix with mesh inserts for ventilation under arms Jersey: Close fit collar and a full length zip with semi-lock slider Bibtights: OXYGEN LIGHT MEN seat insert with highly breathable, preformed windproof front for pressure relief Bibtights: The bib construction integrates a base layer Bibtights: Highly functional materials and flat hem provides optimum fit and comfort
Just before I wrapped all this up, Mrs.Grannygear and I took a trip up to Central California for a charity ride. The weather looked iffy with chances of light rain and cooler overall temps, so I wore the GORE shorts/knee warmer combo and brought the cap as well. I left the black jersey in the closet, choosing to get a bit brighter piece of kit, but I did pack a lightweight rain jacket in bright orange. As the morning passed we had light showers and the GORE shorts and knee warmers fended off most all of it, and what did soak in, like on the top of my thighs, dried up pretty quickly. Nice. Even when wet, the wind could not get through so I felt the cold but not like you would with a typical lycra set up. However Windstopper has it’s limits, so when we had 10 miles of wind and rain, the GORE shorts and knee warmers gave in and I was just wet right down to my socks. All that to say, they are not rain garments and no claims are made to that use, but I think in heavy fog or light mist with a bit of light showers you would be pretty well served. Overall thoughts. The Oxygen line of GORE Windstopper clothing impresses me as a head down, burning coal, moving forward, line of gear for riders who want to wear less but still have a buffer between them and the environment. It is at it’s best when you are pedaling with energy and tempo as the slim fit and ‘less is more’ construction stays out of the way. NOTE- GORE sent over the jersey, bibs, knee warmers, cap and gloves for test and review at no charge to Riding Gravel. We were not paid, nor bribed for these reviews and we always strive to give you our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.
About The Author: Grannygear hails from SoCal and spent most of his cycling days as a mountain biker from the formative years of mountain biking all the way up to the present day. His day job is in the tech sector, but he has spent time writing about off road 4X4’s, 29″ mountain bikes, and cycling in general. Grannygear and Guitar Ted have worked off and on together since 2009 after a chance meeting at Interbike. With gravel cycling on the rise, Grannygear has been exploring how this genre’ works in SoCal and now does guest pieces for RidingGravel.com in his spare time.