Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts+ - Review

Apr 30, 2015
by David Arthur  
Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts - review

These very unique Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts+ combine a pair of padded bib shorts with a baggy short outer. There are quite a few integrated baggy shorts and bib combos available but none take the integration to this level. The fit is intended to be slim and aerodynamic, which they certainly are, and comfort is boosted since there’s no waistband to dig in, and the bib straps support the shorts over the shoulders. Another big benefit of the design is that there’s no slippage; the baggy shorts stay in place all the time. The shorts feature a new mountain bike-specific padded liner which uses a ‘Cool Cube’ fabric to ensure the pad stays dry and avoids chafing and irritation, and is 3D constructed with varying thicknesses to put more comfort where it’s most needed. The baggy shorts get an abrasion resistant material on the inside of the legs and the crotch area to prevent premature wear and there are mesh inserts to keep you cool. Colors: Red, Black. Sizes: S-XXL. Price: $219.99 USD. www.goreapparel.com, @Goretex.


Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts - review
The super lightweight baggy short fabric feels fantastic when riding fast.

Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts - review
Loads of mesh inserts to stop you from overheating.

Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts - review
Underneath the baggy shorts is an integrated padded bib short.

Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO 2in1 Shorts - review
The shorts offer great comfort and excellent fit, although they lose style points for their length, sitting well above the knee.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe shorts certainly feel light when you pull them on - they're the lightest baggies I've ever tested. The mesh bib straps are comfortable over the shoulders, and the padded insert is extremely comfortable for the longest rides I've used them for. The lack of bulk is a benefit that makes this a brilliant summer and hot weather short, as they feel so light and airy compared to heavier baggy shorts. The material used in the baggy portion of the shorts is very thin and feels almost delicate, but it's very durable, a couple of crashes attest to that. I'd like a little more length on the baggy shorts, however, as they sit quite high above the knee, and I found they peeled up during riding, exposing the Lycra shorts underneath. Not a cool look. They're also far too short if you ride with knee pads, but that is perhaps an unfair criticism as they are designed for cross-country riding and racing, where the lightness, fit and excellent comfort will appeal above all other factors. While they're impressively made, they do lack the flexibility of separate bib and baggy shorts, but if you want very comfortable fitting and lightweight baggy shorts these might just be for you, although they're not cheap. - David Arthur




91 Comments

  • + 83
 They feel so light and airy. Just like my skirt I wear on the weekend evenings.
  • + 38
 The unholy spawn of Roadie and Bro....
  • + 6
 Circus clowns now ride Alp-X
  • + 5
 awkward!
  • + 5
 Wait… Is it 4/01 on that side of the pond???
  • + 12
 "These are exactly what I've been looking for." - said no one
  • + 5
 Roadie nerds, your prayers have been answered!
  • + 10
 Female-Repellent Bikewear. Pretty sure you wear it without the shirt for maximum effect.
  • + 3
 I would rather see people on the trail with this than spandex. Just sayin
  • + 1
 Geek Chic Extreme !
  • + 1
 Designed for that special Dirt Roadie in your life/way....
  • + 2
 How do you pee in those? With skirt it is easy.
  • + 3
 Fast drying and race! So just piss yourself you can't look anymore stupid.
  • + 81
 The 1890s called and they want their deluxe bathing costume back.
  • + 9
 I saw the first picture then promptly headed down for comments, I wasn't disappointed. I chose you for top comment. Your prize is not having to wear these butt-ugly (geddit?) emasculating short/bib things.
  • + 2
 Hahahahaha!! Nucky Thompson called, he wants his skivies back, or else.
  • + 30
 Oh my.....first photo says it all.......shoulders slumped in shame.......if only we could see the expression on that poor model's face.....God help us all
  • + 2
 They put a red smile on the front so you don't notice the wearers facial expression I literally burst into laughter when I saw this
  • + 25
 or just wear shorts over your lycra.
  • + 16
 you can even wear a belt to keep them up
  • + 19
 Are we doing another April fools again this year?
  • + 2
 Exactly … i thought ... it is May 1st not April 1st!!!
  • + 17
 $220 for that? You couldn't pay me $220 to wear that foolishness
  • + 0
 You know, nobody will pay you indeed.
  • + 16
 things are getting bad.....,really bad in mountain biking.
  • + 0
 ...not really. It's still the best sport on the planet. People come up with ridiculous inventions and products all the time in every sport. I just wonder why Pinkbike put this up as newsworthy. Hopefully to make us all laugh, if so, it worked.
  • + 12
 Feed the male model, that's disturbing!
  • + 15
 Hey man, some of us are just skinny dudes lol we got the metabolism of a super car! It's like impossible to gain weight, I know the struggle and the struggle is real.
  • + 3
 7:30pm, I go to the curry house, 8:30pm I finish eating, 9pm: I'm on the toilet.....

7:30pm, I go to Mcdonalds, 7:40pm im done eating, 7:41pm TOILET.


I cant put weight on for shit, whats worse is that im 6ft2, but im beginning to grow out a bit more now yaaaaay Big Grin
  • + 2
 @jrocksdh - Dave is a guy that rides his bike a lot, mainly road, but do not be mistaken on his mountain bike credentials! He started on the back row of Megavalanche back in 2012 and managed to qualify for the main race - passing about 140+ people in the process in about 30 minutes. To this day it's one of my favourite racing stories!
  • + 5
 I'm sure he's a fantastic rider, and I'm also sure he's not as big of a Fred as you've made him look, and yes, I'm sure he's faster than me...BUT... You should owe gore money and beers for using him as the model. He makes the shorts and the people who where them unfuckable.
  • + 0
 "wear"
  • + 2
 @theeeo haha I'm 6ft so I look like a fregin daddy long leg spider, but I'm finally slowly being able to put on a few lbs!
  • + 2
 The important thing to remember is that we're not midgets (E.G. below 5ft11 Wink ) Keep the faith brother, will look normal one day!
  • + 2
 Yes, just wait until you hit +/- 40 years old, from which point you will spend the rest of your life wishing you still had that fast metabolism. Enjoy it while you can. Eat all the shit food and drink all the beer you want. It doesn't last.
  • + 1
 If you're saying yours lasted until 40, you suck. Razz I think mine might have lasted until I was 21, tops. Now I have to eat like a small rodent.
  • + 2
 Yeah, @groghunter I was being a bit generous. I had it 'till almost 30, then it tapered off. The best time was when I was ski patrolling for four seasons. I could eat 4000+ calories per day and barely keep my weight stable. Now, I'm happy if I can keep my pants from getting too tight.
  • + 7
 Be a real man and dont run lycra or pads. Then grow a handlebar mustache and wear sleeveless jeen jackets. Also grow a mullet.
  • + 1
 Also, ironic shirt of some kind. Either T or flannel will do.
  • + 6
 i'd rather wear just lycra then this awful shit... who mocked these up, put them on, and was like, "f*ck yeah brah! that's the look we're going for!"?
  • + 6
 Photographer to riding buddy "C'mon I can't find anybody else to get this shot of this biba baggy mesh short."
  • + 5
 Great idea. Some geezers did this a couple of years ago and included a little fly to have a slash out of...
  • + 6
 Those look like frumpy shit
  • + 2
 So do you, so what?
  • + 3
 Gotta say, bibs are the way to go. I run ins when ever I ride. Much more comfortable than a liner. Just have to watch out that one of your riding buddies doesn't pull your straps post rose.
  • + 1
 Gore Bike Wear use some absolutely fantastics fabrics like Windstopper Softshell that work great in colder climates. I also like that most of their riding clothes are designed for thinner body types. Got to also give them credit for experimenting with unusual designs like the one displayed here. But on negative side their designs and colorways don't have much street credibility, are really boring and roadie influenced. They should hire some new people to their MTB side and have a long look at companies such as TLD.
  • + 1
 They use funky fabrics, but i swear it's just to use funky fabrics. i have owned a few gore bike wear pieces and cannot get past how utterly retarded some of their fabric choices are from neoprene cuffs and collars on their gore hard shell jackets to super stretchy lycra on the ass of their first shot at the Alp shorts (which actually did look rad, had great venting and were long). Neoprene is like a sponge so why put it on wet weather gear and lycra on the ass of baggies? I've never had chafing so bad.

I have a pair of their old soft shell 3/4's from a few years back for commuting when it's cool here. They see a ton of use and show it. I just noticed a big hole in crotch the other day and marveled at how a company producing "bike wear" designed these with a straight seamed crotch rather than with a gusset.

I do think they make absolutely stellar hardshell rain pants and shorts for riding (I use them for commuting) in the wet, but they are very expensive (3 layer seam taped goretex) so not something mtn bikers are going to buy up.

For quality and value my stuff is mostly Endura.
  • + 2
 ... and I particularly like some of the outfits here for possible endure gear ....

www.beyondretro.com/en/blog/2014/06/12/1920s-oh-i-do-like-to-be-beside-the-seaside
  • + 1
 ^^ Enduro ^^
  • + 5
 I would have to kick my own ass if I wore those shorts!
  • + 5
 Lol...sack the designer ...they are fucking awfull
  • + 3
 I found a novel solution to staying cool in the summer: spandex shirts with nothing over them, crazy huh.
  • + 1
 Shorts. Not shirt.
  • + 1
 If your going to model that hot mess of kit, at least flex something. Maybe a crab, sun's out guns out,the impressive arrow pointing to the sky, something. Looking all sad and mopie while wearing baggy bibs is depressing!
  • + 0
 No doubt, as bad as these are, they wouldn't be gettting half the ration of shit they are, if the model didn't like he's about to go sit in a coffee shop for 4 hours & talk about death.
  • + 3
 how to look perfectly gay
  • + 2
 When I saw the curved red line on the front I figured they came with an attachable urinal...
  • + 3
 have a steak !!! midget !
  • + 1
 Bibs and then you can wear whoevers shorts you like! If you are shit on a bike like me and feel the need for impact shorts you wont even need a belt!
  • + 3
 Kill it! Kill it with fire!
  • + 3
 My potato sack looks better than these!
  • + 6
 Really hoping you're talking about actual potatoes
  • + 2
 Haha, that was worth a +prop!
  • + 4
 terrible
  • + 3
 Run around with a pink smile on your belly?
  • + 4
 reminds me of the "activia" TV-Add.
  • + 1
 As an engineer, sometimes I wear my wife's knickers under my shorts. So this product is right up my street.
  • + 0
 Ok Ok do you wanna know how ugly are these pants? Just watch the pictures and you never see the face of the model; this is the answer
  • + 1
 Your model needs a hearty meal....
  • + 2
 Or throw him a Skittle or something.....
  • + 1
 this guy would make the best riding gear look like the worst.
  • + 0
 $220!!!! hahahahhahahaha not only is the price high, but these are absolutely embarrassing! Who buys this shit.
  • + 1
 Soon MTB baggy short = uggly skirt
  • + 2
 Why on earth...?
  • + 1
 i tuned out at 219.99 USD
  • + 2
 dafuq?
  • + 0
 Please change the name to Gay Bike Wear to justify pricing.
  • + 1
 Anyone wanna wrestle lol
  • + 1
 This is not happening
  • + 0
 I know whats gonna be on chainlove from gore in the near future...
  • + 0
 Geek Chic Extreme ...I'll take 3.
  • + 0
 Hope Dave got a few bucks in his pocket to pimp these......
  • + 0
 All this for only $220! A bargain at twice the price!
  • + 4
 At $220 it better be fire retardant!
  • + 1
 Happy belly!
  • + 0
 Go home Gore, you're drunk! (What were they thinking...)
  • + 0
 Carnaval was two month ago, right ?
  • - 1
 Just wear normal lycra bibs
  • + 1
 People who down voted have little balls.
  • - 3
 #thisisnotenduro

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