Gore C7 Race jersey review

The Gore C7 Race jersey has the go-faster look and feel

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Gore C7 Race jersey provides a close fit, but with its light weight and high stretch fabrics, that’s never uncomfortable. It’s a quality piece and comes with plenty of reflective elements to up your on-road visibility.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable, close fit with lots of stretch

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    Very lightweight

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    Lots of reflectives

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Reasons to avoid
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    Aero benefits not quantified

Part of Gore’s newest C7 range, the C7 Race jersey has had the input of Gore Wear ambassador Fabian Cancellara in its design.

Gore has majored on its three new C7 bibshort models, the C7 Race, C7 Long Distance and C7 Vent and has rather downplayed the C7 Race jersey. But like its C7 shorts, the C7 Race jersey is packed with technical features.

It’s a close fitting piece, with the inherent stretch in the polyamide fabric with its 22% elastane content meaning that it will accommodate the vast majority of body shapes. Gore kit can come up tight and Gore suggests checking against its size chart. But the size medium, which is what I’d normally wear, fitted just fine on me.

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To be aero, a jersey needs to fit tightly, avoiding wind flap, and there’s plenty of give in the C7 Race jersey to achieve that, without it feeling constrictive. The length is fine too and the wide, stretchy, grippy waistband keeps the jersey in place well, stopping it from riding up. There’s a significant drop front to rear, meaning that the fit works well if you’re riding in a more racy position.

C7 Race jersey

Gore adds reflective strips to the rear of the jersey

Unlike Endura with its D2Z aero jersey, Gore doesn’t say that it’s performed any aero tests on its Gore C7 Race jersey. The aero claims come more from the jersey’s close fit, which prevented wind flap and features like longer sleeves to help to smooth airflow over the upper arms. The back of the neck is a bit lower than the front too, helping to avoid wind flap at the collar.

Gore’s pockets are pretty capacious, so you can get all the kit and food you need stowed away. There’s plenty of stretch in the three open pockets on the C7 Race jersey to avoid them feeling overfilled, digging into your back or bouncing around. There’s a fourth zipped rear pocket too.

For some reason, aero jerseys all seem to come in stealth black. But Gore has leavened that in the C7 Race jersey with reflective Gore logos front and rear and on the right sleeve. Plus there are two reflective strips running down the length of the back.

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As well as being airy and stretchy, the Gore C7 Race jersey is also impressively lightweight, saving you a few grams when you hit the hills.

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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.