A good quality sportive-focussed jersey with a more relaxed fit
More relaxed fit
Full length zipper with backing strip
Not as technical as some other jerseys
Gore has had the Element as part of its range for some time. For 2017, it’s updated the design to include new features. Chief among these is the replacement of the ¾ front zip with a full zipper with a full length backing strip to stop chilly winds getting in through it or it irritating your skin. There’s also a zip garage at the bottom to prevent the zipper scuffing your shorts.
It’s a fairly lightweight technical summer jersey with raglan sleeves and good airflow through the fabric. The cut is quite relaxed and designed for the recreational cyclist, giving a bit of extra room or the opportunity to size down, while the fabric is soft to the touch, comfortable to wear and slightly warmer than the lightest technical jerseys.
Gore includes a high collar and traditional sewn sleeve ends and the tail is cut slightly longer than the front of the jersey, for better fit and coverage when riding. You also get Gore Bike Wear printed in various font sizes across the front, left side and tail of the jersey.
Although the main body seams are sewn with raised seams, the pockets are flatlock sewn into the jersey. This lends them some extra support and means that they can be loaded up without sag. There are darts of reflective material sewn into the seams at the outer edges of the pockets.
The jersey copes well with washing, with no signs of beading and dries quickly, so it’s likely that it will stand up well to the usual wear and tear. As well as this Grey, the Element 2.0 is available in a range of other colours including orange, red, blue or black.
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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.
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