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Gore C3 Thermo Bib Tights+ review

14 Oct 2020
Verdict:

For name brand tights, the Gore C3s are well priced and effective

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Well priced • Warm • Windstopper panel over groin area
Against 
Pad isn’t the most sophisticated

Gore has a justified reputation for the quality of its technical fabrics, which it uses in its Gore Wear cycling, running and cross-country skiing clothing.

At the bottom end of its range of cycling bottoms, the Gore C3 Thermo+ bibtights don’t make extensive use of its pricier, more weatherproof fabrics. But they’re still a good option for the usual pretty cold, slightly damp conditions of the British winter.

The bulk of the tights is made from Gore’s stretchy, fleece backed fabric, so although there are no ankle zips, the Gore C3 Thermo Bib Tights+ are easy to get on and off. They fit closely too, and although Gore advertises them as slim fit, I didn’t find them constrictive.

Gore doesn’t suggest that there are extras like DWR coating or windproofing, although the material used is closely woven enough to repel light rainfall, which beads up on the surface. Airflow is enough to keep you from overheating, but without uncomfortable windchill.

Gore has got more technical around the seat though. There’s a windproof panel sewn into the front side of the seatpad, that extends forward, keeping cold breezes away from the groin. It’s a nice feature in an area where cold conditions can feel particularly uncomfortable. It’s a design that Gore uses even in its top-end expensive summer bibshorts.

Gore has also used a panel of water-resistant fabric across the middle of the lower back, where wheelspray will end up if you’re riding without mudguards. Again, it’s a sensible feature to make winter rides that bit more comfortable.

The pad itself is made by Elastic Interface. It’s not the most sophisticated, with an angular profile and single density foam pads, but it does its job fine for mid-length rides, although you might find it’s not quite comfortable enough if you’re planning to put in serious winter base miles.

The rear of the bibs is made of mesh, to stop your upper back from getting too sweaty. A nice bonus is the hemless shoulder and front straps. They lay flat comfortably and are not prone to bunching.

Gore has thought about visibility too – an important consideration in cool weather gear that’s likely to be used in low light conditions and possibly bad weather. There’s a reflective Gore logo mid-rear and more reflective tape sewn into the edge of the bright yellow fabric darts at the rear bottom of the legs.

I found that the Gore C3 Thermo Bib Tights+ provided plenty of warmth for rides at temperatures around 10C with a chilly wind. They should go down comfortably towards freezing.

For a piece from a big name brand, at £90 the Gore C3 Thermo Bib Tights+ are reasonably priced. You can easily head up towards £200 for flashier models with added windproofing, a better seatpad and more technical features; Gore’s own range-topping C7 design is priced at £180.

But if you’re just planning for mid-length cool weather rides, the Gore C3 Thermo Bib Tights+ tick all the boxes: they’re comfortable, warm, have a good-enough pad and fit well.

Price: 
£89.99

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