Gore ALP-X Shorts - Review

Dec 23, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
Gore Alp X shorts review

Gore ALP-X Shorts

Knowing that mountain weather can be fickle, Gore designed their ALP-X shorts to withstand a wide range of conditions. The front of the shorts is constructed from a lightweight polyamide fabric, while the crotch and seat are made from a water and wind resistant material to help out should Mother Nature decide to unleash her worst. Each leg has a long zippered vent for those mid-summer scorchers, allowing for additional air circulation, and there are two waist pockets along with a zippered side pocket. The waist band of the shorts isn't adjustable, but it is elasticized, and there are also belt loops in place for even more security against sagging. Colors: green, black, red, yellow, blue, green. Sizes: S-XXL. MSRP: $149.99. www.goreapparel.com.


Gore Alp X shorts review

Chock full of features, the Alp-X shorts can take on anything from high alpine to desert adventures.



Pinkbike’s Take
bigquotesThe ALP-X shorts have a comfortable, below the knee fit thanks to their 14" inseam, and the fact that legs are tailored to be slightly longer in the front than the back, which keeps them from riding up when pedalling. The shorts will easily fit over lower profile knee pads, and the crotch is high enough that they never snagged on the saddle, even during steep descents. Here in the Pacific Northwest, temperatures are typically mild enough to ride year round, but liquid sunshine (read: rain) is a common occurrence, and that's when the water resistant panel came in handy, warding off the spray that can quickly soak a chamois. Oftentimes water resistant or waterproof shorts end up being noticeably heavier than their non-weatherproof counterparts, but that's not the case with the ALP-X - they're certainly light enough to use when the temperatures climb, as well as during those chilly and wet fall or early winter days.

I brought the ALP-X shorts down to this year's bike testing in Sedona, Arizona, where the desert temperatures allowed for plenty of chances to use the leg vents to keep things cool. Those vents worked without any issues - they're easily opened and closed with one hand, and I didn't ever have any trouble with the fabric catching on the inner layer of mesh fabric. It's worth noting that the light blue fabric does show the greasy stains that come with mountain biking more than a darker color would, but that's why Gore offers the shorts in a range of hues. When it comes down to it, the ALP-X shorts are on the pricier side of things, but the truth is, they're well worth it. Light, durable, quick drying, and with an effective element of weather protection, they're an excellent piece for those long days out on the trail. - Mike Kazimer


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24 Comments

  • 22 2
 I'd like to have a pair of two of actual riding shorts, but I'm not paying $150 just for a pair of shorts. I could buy a new helmet that's on sale or a couple of tires for that price.
  • 6 0
 Their msrp is $150.00 but you can find them on sale for a lot less on a site like amazon. Gore stuff is usually pretty awesome quality and will last for a long time.
  • 9 0
 There are certainly deals to be had, I bought a pair of Fox shorts for $40 bucks instead of the $120 msrp at a bike expo. The idea of spending more than $100 on a pair of riding shorts (or any shorts) just seems crazy to me.
  • 17 0
 Never ending story for one theme... Can they invent something new besides the price?
  • 2 0
 the first thing i always do when its a clothes review is look for the MSRP... i haven't read a full clothes review in AGES!!
  • 9 1
 It's pricey, but a good pair ofr shorts might last me 4-5 years and hundreds of rides. The last 7 years my two main riding shorts were from Oakley and Specialized, and neither was cheap. But when I think about all the rides and washings they went through, and are still going strong, it's a little easier to justify.
  • 3 0
 Yeah I have to agree $150 is a little steep for a pair of mtb shorts. I paid $110 for the Troy Lee Ruckus short and I thought those were pricey. Awesome shorts though, glad I got them.
  • 2 0
 I got a pair of Fly F-16 shorts for $30 from Cambria bikes. But they're mainly DH shorts.
  • 3 0
 I'm still waiting to see some functional, poly-stretch blend, shorts that don't look like racing or cycling shorts n general. Foe denim, dickies look...under $100, closer to $75 max msrp.
  • 3 0
 My, that is a freaky-looking crotch. And, if you don't ride in the wet, water-resistance just means less breathability where you need it the most.
  • 2 2
 150 is pricy. And according to the NSMB review, they're also stiff and the fabric isn't very elastic. Why not get some tld skylines and throw some dwr on there for a fraction of the price, or get the POC shorts that are already water resistant? Also, adjustable waistband is a must.
  • 2 0
 Skyline are good shorts, but sizing is odd: I have a 2013 34" which is quite tight and a 2014 36"which is too large. Both suffer from crappy belt adjustment and popping button.
I want a skyline with the Moto belt loop, or a Moto with the skyline fabric!
  • 3 0
 @parkourfan - This is a different model than what was reviewed on NSMB, one that uses a completely different fabric. I found them to have plenty of stretch and they aren't stiff at all.
  • 1 1
 Fair enough, I looked again - those are the alp-X 3.0...I'm guessing 3.0 is the triply ply gore fabric which is the difference that you're talking about?
  • 3 1
 Gore makes some great stuff and l am glad they dont keep their products in a lock box.
  • 3 0
 Agreed. I put my pants in a lock box one time but forgot the combination. Thank god it was my birthday at work the next day otherwise I would have been overdressed.
  • 1 0
 I like that pinkbike tests clothing from time to time, but here in the northern hemisphere, winter is approaching or already here, maybe you could test some pants?
  • 1 0
 The crotch is dark to hide when I pee myself a little on that big gap jumps.
  • 2 1
 Below the knee fit with 14" inseam? Not if you're anywhere close to being tallish. 16" barely does that job.
  • 3 0
 butt ugly
  • 3 0
 fugly! maybe all black would be ok. knock $90 or so bucks off as well and l might be interested
  • 1 0
 these may have some flaws but they're on the right track
  • 1 0
 Moose knuckle.
  • 1 0
 Is that the desert?

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