Gore M Base Layer shirt review

Gore’s base layer is comfortable on long ascents and on the way down too

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Gore M Base Layer shirt is a good option for hot rides, with good moisture management. It’s not so cycling specific that it can’t be used for other sports too.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable, soft, lightweight base layer

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    All seams flatlocked

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    White colour option can be stained by sunscreen

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Reasons to avoid
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    No dropped tail

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Gore’s entry into the summer base layer sweepstakes, the Gore M Base Layer shirt, comes with a lightweight pinpoint fabric with a soft touch. Whereas other manufacturers have gone with wider meshes or, in the case of the Endura Fishnet base layer, an open net design, Gore gives you a more even texture to its weave.

>>> Buy now: Gore M Base Layer Shirt from Evans for £34.99

The company markets the Gore M Base Layer shirt for running, fast hiking and cross country skiing, as well as for cycling. So the cut is more all-round than some base layers, without the dropped tail that can help with coverage at the bottom of the back. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of length, so you’re unlikely to end up with a cold, damp spot above your shorts.

Since it’s sleeved, there are a few extra seams in the Gore M Base Layer shirt over a sleeveless number. But the raglan sleeves and the body seams are all flatlocked, so that’s really not an issue. There’s a sleeveless variant if you prefer and both are available in black as well as the white colour tested.

Gore M Base Layer Shirt

The Gore M Base Layer Shirt is available in black as well as white - this is the rear view

Gore’s website suggests that its sizes may run a bit on the small side. That’s true of some of Gore’s garments, but there’s plenty of stretch in the Gore M Base Layer shirt, so you’re unlikely to find that its an issue; I was comfortable in my usual medium rather than needing to size up. And in a base layer, it’s good to have a closer fit to ensure that sweat is wicked away well.

I was comfortable climbing Monte Grappa in the Gore M Base Layer shirt under a summer weight jersey, even though the final 700m of elevation gain was above the snow line. There was minimal sweat build-up, even at lower elevations, thanks to the predominant polypropylene content.

But, as you’d expect, coming down was a bit cold, even under a shell jacket; with such a lightweight fabric, Gore’s claim that the Gore M Base Layer shirt will prevent windchill is a bit wide of the mark. There’s a version with a Gore Windstopper front panel if you want more protection.

>>> Buy now: Gore M Base Layer Shirt from Evans for £34.99

But for hotter summer rides, the Gore M Base Layer shirt is an efficient undergarment that will definitely help keep you at a comfortable temperature.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.