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Finally got down into the low 30's so I could try this out. Very happy with the fit and the comfort. This is not stretchy so "snot rockets" require removal of the balaclava. I was very pleased with how well it stayed in place. I don't push myself on these cold weather rides. I am just trying to spend time up on two wheels. I was able to breath without issue, but if I was really pushing myself, I would not be getting as much air as I would want. You are drawing your breath through little holes instead of a big opening. This way is much warmer and I wanted warmer so no complaints.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I've never purchased any modern Gore performance pieces in along time and certainly none of their cycling line. I'd heard some good things about the line and got a notice they were on sale so I clicked the button and awaited my purchase.
I was a little shocked when they arrived for two reasons - the 1st being that BTD got them to me so fast and 2nd, because of how light and thin they were ... I was skeptical about how warm they would keep my hands on the new gravel rig in the PNW during winter. Well I'm not a super hard core rider but I will go if it's not raining hard or have black ice on the ground. I found myself on a 38 degree ride with a few showers and was very surprised when a few miles in, I found that I wasn't even thinking about my hands which in my book is a good thing. I was warm, fairly dry, and no seams that were digging in anywhere - happiness ensued. The cuff isn't so long that it's annoying to get on but long enough to either go under a jacket sleeve or just cover a long sleeved jersey. I do think that these are modeled on someone with longer fingers than I have which isn't uncommon but these seem to be a smidge longer. It's fine while on the bike but a little hard to navigate the smart phone screen since the tips are capacitive. I do wish that they made a Mtn bike version with a little extra reinforcement on the palm + some padding on the top of the fingers as these are too nice to use for full on dirt - I know that I'll ruin them. To sum it up - I'm very happy with my purchase.
Gore is known for their quality products and this is no exception. The knickers are well made and durable, but the sizing is a wee bit wonky. I'm 6' - ish 175 lbs, and the medium was far too tight for me. Plus the straps are made of a slightly rougher material, so prolonged tight straps caused rubbing. A large fit just right!
Was looking for a pair of winter riding gloves that would allow perspiration from my hands to escape through the glove membrane while riding. I live in North Florida. Winter riding is limited to temps above 35F. Description of these gloves and ratings from buyers indicated that they breathe well. On 2-3 hour rides in temps of 35-45F, my hands were soaked. Insulation from these temps was fine, but the goretex membrane did not move perspiration as advertised.