IB13: Gore Bike Wear Reinvents the Road Jersey Pocket, Plus New Xenon Bibs

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Many road jerseys present you with a choice for long rides: load the pockets of your jersey up until they sag like 10 year old spandex, or be forced to run a saddle bag (gasp!). A few jersey manufacturers have looked at ways of improving the support of the rear pockets of a jersey, but few seem to rethink the pocket system like Gore’s new Oxygen SO jersey.

See how Gore plans to manage your junk in the trunk after the break.

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The key to the Oxygen SO’s load supporting nature is essentially a harness system built into the jersey. Most of the white sections of the new jersey are interconnected, providing the necessary lift for all your gear on a 4h+ ride. Making the jersey even more appealing is the addition of a stretchable Windstopper soft shell in key areas for a jersey that is great for warm weather, but also for cooler and variable conditions that you find late in the season.

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On the bottom half, Gore was displaying their new Xenon Bibs which feature a new Cytec Chamois. The chamois uses 3 different densities of foam and claims to dissipate road vibration force with  horizontally reducing deflection and counteracting foam. Basically improved foam technology results in a more comfortable ride.

Elsewhere on the bib you find laser cut webbing shoulder straps for less pinch and pull, a stretch mesh panel on the front for breathability, coldblack fabric, and an improved stretch hem on the legs to grip without being uncomfortable. Xenon is specifically geared towards race oriented riders who are putting in 5h+ rides in varying conditions.

 

Comments

Ben - 10/08/13 - 10:30am

Is this really an issue? I routinely carry a banana, granola bar, cell phone, cash, flat kit, multi tool, and tube in my jersey pockets. I haven’t experienced an issue with this load in any of my jerseys. On a hot and humid day the last thing I want to wear is a harness.

Kark - 10/08/13 - 10:50am

I think there’s value in this.
If I’m on a longer ride and feel the need to carry a bit more gear there are jerseys that I can’t wear because the pockets are sag-tastic. I have a couple that are preferred because they offer a bit more support but if I was doing the longer rides regularly, particularly if they spanned cold mornings into hot afternoons (requiring layers) this solution could be worthwhile.

Not to mention MTB where the gear is bouncing around like mad.

Gooner - 10/08/13 - 11:04am

I feel like this is unnecessary, especially for road. You’re still dealing with the same weight of supplies, just further up on your back. I could see a slight benefit for mtb as your gear would be less likely to flip around, but I’ve never had an issue with losing anything. I’m not sur how much these kits cost but judging from the claims this company makes im going to assume theyre pretty expensive. Im not looking to spend more money just to have “the latest technology” in cycling apparel. I’d rather put this money into my bike.

jake - 10/08/13 - 11:40am

We already look like geeks, who cares if our pockets sag.

vectorbug - 10/08/13 - 12:26pm

Balderdash! How dare they try to offer an improved iteration of jersey pocket storage! I am incensed by their brazen efforts to extort my hard earned income for products they’ve developed simply because they think its better than what is currently offered! Shallow and pedantic.

MaLóL - 10/08/13 - 12:40pm

This makes sense, but a better solution would be to use a cool saddle bag, like the ones from speedsleev or the trackosaurus roll from john prolly. No matter how good the jersey is, taking that weight away will always be a better solution.

Also, gore aesthetic for jerseys still suck big time, their bib shorts on the contrary are really good, but i wouldn’t wear these ugly jerseys, which are also uber-expensive.

Andy - 10/08/13 - 1:00pm

If you wear a jersey that fits properly (aka snug, race fit), then I think pocket sag isn’t much of an issue. The tight fit around the abs/lower back actually helps support pockets that are full of food, tools, etc.

But if you’re someone who prefers a club fit or loose jersey, then I can see this being more of a problem. If the Gore jersey has some built in support that works with a semi-form fit, I can see a lot of people benefiting from it.

The Guy - 10/08/13 - 1:23pm

WANT! Nice work, Gore.

carl - 10/08/13 - 9:31pm

“JUNK IN THE TRUNK” hahaha – good one! That red and white jersey we are getting a rear view of in the first photo is WAYYYYYYY toooo long. With three pockets and a small saddle bag I can carry three to four hours worth of stuff no sweat. What’s the problem?

Someone mentioned carrying stuff higher up. Most jerseys cut for Americans are too long. We made need a little extra around the circumference but that doesn’t mean it needs to end down around the bottom of our butt cheeks. Shorter jerseys with pockets higher up please.

Dyno-mite! - 10/09/13 - 9:35am

If you’ve ever taken a shortcut through a wooded city park which requires a rolling dismount and a leap up a short landscaping wall, then you know the benefit of tightly held cargo in your back pockets.
On a good day, this happens to me every day.

lonefrontranger - 10/09/13 - 10:16am

yea if a jersey is properly fit this shouldn’t be an issue. one of the biggest issues I have is being small and female – women’s jerseys are frequently cut so that the pockets are so small and high up on the back that they’re effectively useless – the higher up the back they are, the more difficult it is to actually reach anything inside. I’d give anything to have a properly fit women’s jersey (snug race fit) that actually had usable pockets as well.

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