Friday, June 14, 2024

RoadTrailRide: 2024 GoreWear Performance Cycling Apparel Round Up Reviews

By Jeff Valliere and John Tribbia

In this round up review Jeff and John test and review 2024 Gorewear cycling apparel including: the GoreWear Distance Jersey, Distance Bib Shorts+2.0, Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts, Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket, and the Spinshift Short Sleeve Jersey

GoreWear Distance Jersey $150



Jeff V:  The distance jersey is a highly technical, modern jersey, packed full of features and the latest materials for staying cool and comfortable on long rides.  It is available in a range of colors, including dark blue, black, dark green, red, yellow and light blue.

  • Made with recycled content

  • Lengthened sleeves and dropped tail

  • Full front zip with simi-lock slider

  • Glued hem

  • Reflective details

  • Weight 4.3oz

  • 86% Polyamide (recycled), 14% Elastane

The materials are light, stretchy, breathable and comfortable.  I like that it is full zip, which makes it easier to put on and take off (especially when pockets are full and you need a bathroom break while wearing bib shorts) and is great on hot days and long climbs to unzip and catch some extra venting.

The sleeves are long and go nearly to my elbow, which I really like as the sleeves are comfortable and provide a little extra sun protection without feeling warm.

The ergonomic neckline is very streamlined and comfortable, as is the waist hem, which also has rubber grippers on the inside to keep the jersey in place.

The pockets are the traditional 3 pocket design with an additional zippered pocket overlaying the right pocket which is perfect for a wallet, car key or any smaller valuables you don’t want in the mix with food, wind shell or phone.


Jeff V: Fit is true to size, but definitely is a high performance race fit.  The length is deliberately a bit long in the tail for coverage and to eliminate the chance of the jersey riding up too high.  The arms sleeves are the perfect (long) length and reach almost to my elbow.  I have thin arms and there is a slight bit of extra room, but it would not take a much larger circumference are to fill out the sleeve and has plenty of stretch to accommodate if you have average size biceps (if you are a bodybuilder though, you may want to look for a less performance fitting jersey).


Jeff V: This is the highest performing jersey that I have ever worn.  It is so comfortable, breathable, aerodynamic, quick drying, stylish and odor resistant.  On warm days (in the 80’s) I feel quite cool and like to have the extra sun protection of the longer sleeves, as well as the full zipper helping to provide maximum ventilation.  The odor resistance is remarkable, as long as I hang it to air out after a ride, it dries quickly and I can easily get several rides out of it before I feel the need to wash.

GoreWear Distance Bib Shorts+2.0




  • Quick-drying materials

  • Central torso architecture

  • Soft waistband solution

  • Reduced seams and improved silicone hem grippers

  • Reflective details

  • Weight: 6.3 oz.

  • 70% Polyamide, 30% Elastane

Jeff V:  The Distance Bib Shorts are designed for long days in the saddle, providing unparalleled fit, comfort, support and breathability.  They feature:

The Distance Bib Shorts+ 2.0 are Gorewear’s most comfortable, well padded shorts for your longest rides.  They have minimal seams (nothing that will cause any chaffing or irritation), very minimal if essentially non existent hems that grip the leg well to stay in place (without any weird pulling or irritation) and are stretchy and quite breathable.  

On the inner front of the shorts is an extra layer above the chamois that acts as a buffer zone to prevent any rubbing, chafing or discomfort, an ingenious idea that I have not yet seen before.  The materials have a second skin like feel that is particularly soft, breathable, stretchy and quick drying.

The chamois (or EXPERT DISTANCE 2.0 SEAT PAD WITH GOREWEAR CUP as they call it) is a multi-density, multi-layered foam construction that is designed for maximum comfort and support on long-distance rides. The male-specific channel is shaped to reduce pressure on anatomical pressure zones. In the front, the anatomically pre-shaped, very breathable GOREWEAR Cup protects sensitive areas from wind chill.

The bib straps are made of a wide, but thin mesh material that has some stretch, but is very secure and holds the bibs in place with no pressure points, chafing or rubbing on bare skin.


Jeff V:  Fit is true to size in my Men’s medium and feel just right in all areas, from leg cuff snugness, leg length, torso, butt, bib straps to the critical fit in the nether regions where the shorts are not overly snug or uncomfortable, just enough room to not constantly have to be adjusted or feeling overly confined.


Jeff V:  Overall I found performance of the Distance Bib Shorts to be top notch and I cannot find a single complaint or nitpick.  They fit so very well, have a stylish modern look to them, are quite breathable, quick drying, have secure and comfortable leg grippers and the seams are minimal and unnoticeable.  

They are exceptionally well padded, yet do not feel overly bulky and feel as though I can ride in them all day without my butt hurting or my private parts going numb (of course saddle choice is critical here as well).  

The Distance Bib Shorts+ 2.0 are a top choice for any length ride, racing, training or touring.

GORE Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts ($180) 

Comfort and Storage

John T:  I recently put the Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts to the test on a series of mid-distance rides. Designed for comfort, durability, and convenient storage, these bib shorts promised to be a game-changer for longer outings. 


The Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts are designed for a close, form-fitting feel. This snug fit provides gentle compression, which I found to be supportive without feeling restrictive. 

The fabric itself is incredibly soft and breathable, keeping me cool and dry even on warmer days. The wide, open-weave bib straps distribute tension evenly on the shoulders, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit throughout the ride.


The real highlight of the Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts is the seat pad. It's a multi-layered masterpiece that delivered exceptional comfort on even the longest rides. The dual-density foam offered just the right amount of support, and the breathable GOREWEAR Cup kept everything feeling fresh. I never once experienced any saddle soreness, which is a testament to the pad's design.

The four pockets were a game-changer. I was able to ditch the bulky jersey pockets and carry everything I needed – phone, keys, snacks – right on the shorts. 

The leg pockets are surprisingly spacious and secure, and the waistband pockets are perfect for stashing smaller items like gels or tire levers.

However, there was one minor drawback – the raised seams on the legs. While not a dealbreaker, I did notice some chafing after longer rides. If you're prone to chafing, you might want to consider a different pair with flatter seams.


Overall, the Gore Spinshift Cargo Bib Shorts are a fantastic option for cyclists who prioritize comfort, functionality, and storage on mid-distance rides. The high-quality materials, exceptional seat pad, and convenient pockets make them a worthwhile investment. While the raised seams may cause some chafing for riders prone to it, the overall comfort and performance of these bib shorts make them a top choice for longer outings.

Gore Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket ($270)  

A Versatile Shell for Runs and Rides

John T:  I've had the chance to put the Gore Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket through its paces on a variety of runs and rides, and I'm impressed. This lightweight, protective shell has become my go-to for tackling unpredictable weather conditions.


For wet runs, the Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket is a lifesaver. The fabric sheds rain and snow effortlessly, keeping me completely dry even during downpours. The breathability is also excellent, preventing me from overheating despite the waterproof layer. 

The slim fit allows me to layer underneath without feeling bulky, and the stretchy cuffs and waist ensure the jacket stays securely in place as I pound the pavement.


On colder rides, around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket shines again. With a long-sleeve base layer underneath, it provides just the right amount of warmth and protection from the wind. The Kinetic Garment Design allows for unrestricted movement, whether I'm tucked over the handlebars or in a more relaxed position. The jacket also packs down incredibly small, making it easy to stash in a jersey pocket when the sun peeks through.


The Gore Spinshift GORE-TEX Jacket is a versatile and reliable piece of kit that I've come to rely on for both running and cycling. Its lightweight construction, exceptional breathability, and durable waterproof protection make it a top choice for tackling the elements. Whether you're pounding the pavement or hitting the trails, this jacket will keep you comfortable and dry in a variety of conditions.

Gore Spinshift Short Sleeve Jersey ($130)

A Daily Training Companion

The Gore Spinshift Short Sleeve Jersey has earned a prominent place in my cycling attire, combining exceptional technical performance with practical everyday functionality. 

Fabric and Fit

The jersey is made of a stretchy and eco-friendly fabric that combines 91% recycled polyester and 9% elastane. The recycled content makes it sustainable, while the elastane provides excellent stretch and recovery, ensuring a close-to-body fit that minimizes drag and enhances moisture management without feeling restrictive. During intense rides, the jersey comfortably hugs the body, eliminating flapping fabric that could hinder aerodynamics.

One of the standout features of the jersey is its quick-drying properties. Even on hot and humid rides, sweat is efficiently wicked away, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. This breathability is crucial for maintaining core temperature and preventing overheating, especially during long training sessions.


The jersey's practical storage options are a major advantage. The three easily accessible rear pockets are perfect for storing essentials like snacks, phones, and tools. There is also a secure zippered pocket for valuables like keys or credit cards. These pockets are well-placed and don't bounce excessively, even when fully loaded, ensuring a stable and comfortable ride.

The soft silicone gripper at the hem keeps the jersey securely in place, preventing bunching or riding up, even during fast accelerations. Additionally, the reflective details placed on the jersey enhance visibility in low-light conditions, adding safety for early morning or evening rides.


The Gore Spinshift Short Sleeve Jersey is a technical marvel disguised as an everyday training companion. The combination of a close-fitting, moisture-wicking fabric, practical storage options, and thoughtful design elements makes it a versatile and reliable choice for any cyclist looking to optimize their performance and comfort on the road.

2024 GoreWear High Performance Cycling Apparel is available now

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John Tribbia is a regular technical reviewer for running-oriented product testing website RoadTrailRun with a large readership domestically and internationally.

He dabbled in bike racing both mountain and road as a junior Cat 5 and eventually upgraded to Expert on the mountain bike. After his brief stint of cycling racing and once in college, John crossed over to running and found success as a sponsored mountain/trail runner by placing atop the podium in domestic and international races. But he always kept his bikes nearby for cross training while injured, supplemental training, and commuting. Given that cross-over experience as well as 6+ years of working at University Bikes in Boulder, CO and over 20 years of competitive running, he loves the opportunity to test the latest and greatest in both sports. 

Jeff Valliere has been around bikes his entire life, as a toddler following his dad to bike races and bike shops, BMX racing as a kid, working in bike shops as a mechanic for 14+ years (10 at U-Bikes in Boulder where he met John) and racing as a professional road cyclist for several years.  Jeff no longer races, but still loves to ride as he introduces his daughters to the joys of cycling.  In addition to being obsessed with cycling, he runs mountains daily and has been reviewing running shoes/gear/tech for RoadTrailRun since 2015 and for other publications/companies since 2005.

Samples were provided at no charge for review purposes. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased via shopping links in this article. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.

Comments and Questions Welcome Below! 

1 comment:

Anna said...

Your expertise and passion for cycling shine through, making this review an excellent resource for anyone looking to invest in top-tier cycling apparel. Great job, Jeff and John, for such a detailed and informative review!