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