Another bleak Minneapolis Sunday. And by bleak I mean brown. We haven’t had snow for a long time. Just temperatures in the high twenties – low thirties. Although skiing and fatbiking are but a distant memory, trail running and bike commuting is not.
Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of it in a GORE X7 Partial Windstopper L/S shirt ($199) when I’m not glued to Netflix binging on Ozark. Who knew Jason Bateman could actually act?!
What I love
Fit. Ladies-cut that hits the sweet spot between comfortable second skin and just enough room for lightweight merino wool baselayer. The fit also does not restrict any arm and shoulder movement, even when I pair it with a 150 weight Smartwool baselayer.
Great for winter cycling & trail running. Here’s where I really have to hand it to GORE (again). They designed X7 Partial Windstopper L/S as a xc ski top but had enough forethought to add a couple of features for winter cycling and trailing running. The elastic hem, seamless shoulders that accommodate a hydration pack without chafing, seamless hips for those who wear a hydration belt and nifty rear side-entry back pocket on right to stash a tool, car keys, phone, whatever. The cut of the shirt also provides optimal coverage down the back and in the arms when in the cycling position.
Warm & breathable. Warm means something different for everyone. When the weather is cold, staying warm depends as much on staying dry, When you sweat, and the sweat stays trapped on or next to your skin, it becomes nearly impossible to stay warm. Moisture is the enemy of warmth – if your skin is wet, it’ll be more difficult to stay or get warm. For me, I was comfortable down to twenty-one degrees when I paired this with a lightweight Smartwool baselayer and I was running and cycling.
The GORE-ness of it all. It still amazes me how something so thin can protect me against cold wind and light rain while still managing to deliver outstanding breathability. But it does.
What could be better
I’m at a loss for words here. I can’t think of anything that would make this better.
IWait, why are you still reading this? Go out and get yourself a GORE X7 Partial Windstopper L/S shirt because it’s a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear!
And if you want to complete the warmth and breathability ensemble, be sure to check out the GORE Thermo long socks ($21). Trust me here. You won’t be disappointed in them either.