Gore C3 £139.99

Cycling Weekly - - TECH GROUPTEST -

Hard­core doesn’t come much harder than these Gores, with their tem­per­a­ture range of be­tween 5°C and -15°C. Gore’s Wind­stop­per fab­ric forms the whole of the tights — whole leg cov­er­age is rare, with most other tights keep­ing wind­proof­ing to the front only. The an­kles use the long­est zips we’ve seen: at 22cm, they’re use­ful if you want to sock it to the UCI man and don il­le­gal knee-highs in the win­ter.

Gore’s Wind­stop­per Cup insert pro­tects against wind chill and there’s a pit­stop sys­tem with a zip that en­ables the tights to be mostly sep­a­rated from the bibs.

The Wind­stop­per fab­ric has a lim­ited stretch. They do have pre-shaped knees, but there’s a small amount of re­sis­tance that takes some get­ting used to. We also found the long, stretchy bib com­bined with the weight of the tights meant they ended up about 4cm away from groin.

How­ever, de­spite the baggy crotch, there’s noth­ing else on the mar­ket that com­pares with this level of ther­mal in­su­la­tion at this price.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL www.gorewear.com

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