In a world of second-skin fits and silicone-secured grips, the Gore Power Lady CC jersey is a refreshing change, but does a lack of Lycra mean lack of performance?
High quality and pro-level performance often means body-hugging aero features too, leaving riders looking for a more relaxed-fitting jersey out in the cold. So it was really pleasing to find that the Gore Power Lady CC jersey is designed to deliver high-tech comfort without the skin-tight fit.
The Gore Power Lady CC is a jersey of two halves. The bottom is constructed using 100 per cent polyester fabric, known for its sweat-wicking properties and durability. Up top and at the sides is another polyester, this time mixed with seven per cent elastane and in a mesh fabric, giving breathability to the jersey as well as a closer fit on the shoulders and arms. Joining these two fabrics at the front and back is what Gore refers to as Ultrasonic seams. In essence these are seam-free joins that use a highly elasticated bonded tape to secure the fabrics together, eradicating possible areas of friction rubbing.
Both the arms and waistband of the Gore Power Lady CC jersey are devoid of silicone, great news for any allergy sufferers or riders who are aren’t fans of the secure grip that silicone can exert.
At the back are four pockets – three traditionally placed across the rear of the Gore Power Lady CC jersey and one smaller zip-secured pocket piggy-backing the central one. All three main pockets have a wide elasticated band top as well as an element of reflective detailing.
Gore Power Lady CC jersey: the ride
Despite all talk of no Lycra and zero silicone, the Gore Power Lady CC jersey is far from being just a flappy piece of material. The cut delivers a body-contouring finish and, thanks to the stretchy but breathable mesh upper, fits surprisingly close on the upper part of the jersey meaning zero wind flap across the shoulders, with arms having a close fit without overcompression. The Ultrasonic seams are beautifully finished, impressively neat. I’d love to see the jersey use these throughout as the finish is just so soft to the touch.
My concerns that the torso of the Gore Power Lady CC jersey would twist without the use of silicone to anchor it in place didn’t really materialise; not an issue unless you have heavily laden, unbalanced rear pockets.
Talking of pockets, not only were all three sensibly sized, but the simple act of using the 3cm elasticated band at the top made using them so much easier than standard jersey pockets, it also helped them keep their structure and prevent jersey sag when fully loaded up.
It’s really rare to find such a well-thought-out and presented jersey for non-racing riders. It’s not the cheapest on the market, but it probably is one of the best in terms of quality and technical attributes so that you can see exactly what your £90 is being invested in.
The only real down side to the Gore Power Lady CC jersey is that with due to its breathability, there is a slight shortened season. However, teaming with slightly warmer baselayer, gilet and arm warmers could help extend this slightly but if you’re going on a cost-per-wear calculation it works out slightly more expensive than a regular Gore option.
The Gore Power Lady CC jersey is an exceptionally well-thought-out and constructed piece of kit for female riders who aren't looking for a skin-tight aero fit. With its flattering cut and zero silicone, Gore's attention to the small, finer details are second to none, making this jersey ideal summer apparel for the non-competitive rider.