Liked Gore jackets but the bibs not so much
I like Gore's jackets very much, but I didn't dig these bibs. The stitching on my bibs was shoddy; there were stitches that didn't line up and pulls in the flatlock stitching. I'm 5'5.5 and 135-140lbs: the Small I ordered fit snugly, but was very long in the legs. Most importantly, for longer rides (40+ miles) The chamois doesn't protect from sit bone ache the way my favorite bibs do. If I can't go 50 miles in comfort, it's not worth the price for me. Also, while I wouldn't describe the bib straps as scratchy, they are very thin and tight which can cause some discomfort. I remedied this by putting chamois butter on my shoulders.
the new standard
For several seasons, my Gore Power bibs have been the de facto standard for fit and comfort against which I measure everything else I wear for riding. The Xenon 2.0 surpasses that standard in every way. The straps are slightly wider and softer to eliminate chafing, while remaining exceptionally lightweight as they disappear against your shoulders. The leg ending features a thick band of tight lycra along with subtle silicone grippers on the inside - both of which combine for a perfectly secure leg fit. And the insert - again, better in every way. Multiple densities for perfect support, carbon fiber threading helps keep the insert dry and adds antimicrobial protection, and the insert's deep channel allows for even better ventilation. Truly a top-shelf short worthy of sitting on the top shelf. * I fit a Gore Medium across the chart, and the Xenon doesn't surprise
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