The GORE Element Digi Heart jersey promises to bring the brand's technical expertise to the casual rider
With a wealth of technical fabric and clothing patents to its name, it’s often the assumption that anything hailing from the house of GORE will always come with bells and whistles, appealing to hardcore riders out in all weathers.
However, the GORE Element Digi Heart jersey has been designed specifically for recreational riders with a focus on just providing a practical, well made jersey.
The GORE Element Digi Heart jersey is made from 100 per cent polyester, known for its hard-wearing, breathable and sweat-wicking properties.
The multi-panelled jersey has been designed to follow the female form but with a cut that is much more relaxed than your average skin-tight race number. GORE has included an extra panel on the sleeve to do away with fabric seams in the underarm area. The full-length zip finishes below the collar of the jersey, giving a more blouse-like collar than a standard cycling jersey collar.
At the rear there are three pockets with slight angled openings on the outer two, which GORE say should make access slightly easier than a standard straight cut. There is also a small element of reflective detailing in the GORE logo on the central pocket.
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GORE is known for its high standard of production, and the Element Digi Heart jersey is no exception.
Zipping up the jersey it certainly delivers on the promise of a more relaxed fit, while still clearly being women’s specific. That’s not to say that there’s unbridled material flowing, with the arms and yoke closer-fitting than the rest of the jersey, preventing fabric flapping in the wind once on the move.
The clever design of the two angled rear pockets do make it easier to access than a standard straight-entry pocket. Any concerns I had about losing contents were swiftly put to bed as the pocket size is big enough to prevent this occurring, and I had sufficient space for food, phone and spares.
I really liked the design, fit and function of the GORE Element Digi Heart jersey. It was breathable enough out on the rides, and GORE has used its technical expertise to include some nice practical details that are often overlooked for recreational cyclists. In a competitive market £59.99 looks a lot, but you get what you pay for and with GORE you get one of the best.
If skin-tight Lycra is a big no-no for you but you still desire the practicality of rear pockets and sweat-wicking fabrics, then the GORE Element Digi Heart jersey could be just the ticket for you, albeit at the higher end of a standard jersey price.