Gore Bike Wear has won a special place in our hearts because of their impressive engineering attention to even the most minute of details in nearly every garment they produce. Take the Xenon 2.0 Shorts, for example. If you prefer the convenience of a short, but demand the comfort and support of a dedicated bib, you'll appreciate that every aspect of this top-performing short has been re-evaluated to ensure your complete comfort on every ride you take it on.
Gore started with a high-gauge Lycra to maximize muscle support, before dividing the short into panels to create a sublime ergonomic fit. They even shifted all of the short's flatlock seams away from potential irritation or chafe points, so you'll never have to disrupt your rhythm while readjusting your shorts. The short's front panels are constructed with a nylon that is less elastic, so the portion of the short that holds the front of the Xenon Lady insert retains its support profile better. Gore opted not to use a silicone bead in its leg endings, but rather a wide, compressive band of nylon and Lycra to keep the hems confidently in place. And lastly, Gore constructed the inside saddle contact panels of the short from a more abrasion-resistant weave of nylon, ensuring the Xenon 2.0 is the short you reach for season after season.
Gore has fitted the Xenon 2.0 short with their excellent Xenon Lady insert, best taken along on long, hard rides. This three-dimensional chamois houses both foam and gel inserts to create multiple densities across its surface, ensuring you get consistent pressure distribution and relief where you need it most. The smooth and seamless, antimicrobial surface deftly wicks away moisture without irritating your skin, even after extended hours in the saddle.
The Gore Bike Wear Women's Xenon 2.0 Shorts are available in either Black, or White with Black accent. Both colors feature reflective logo hits and inserts on the back legs to help keep you visible if you're riding home after dusk. They are available in X-Small to XX-Large and feature an inseam measuring 23cm (9in).
Just came back from a long, HOT ride (88f with very high humidity), and these were just perfect.
Material breathed excellently; waist and leg band hems stayed in place (no binding or shifting at all). On some shorts, even the Giordanas, the waist band often times slips down and I find I'm always adjusting and pulling them up (a smaller size won't work, not yet anyway).
No scratchy seams; which is one of the things about my Assos' shorts that bothers me.
And, best of all, the chamois is the best, if not a tad wide in the back. Have to say, it is more comfortable than my Giordana lasers. (I still have to change the saddle on my men's Trek Fuel EX 8; so any chamois that allows me to ride long distances without too much pain is a definite plus!). Great breathability in that dept., too.
For size: I usually size up (in Gore, a XXL), but I think I might have been able go with a XL in these (curvy, but working on it!) and will order a XL next time. So I would say they run *true-to-size.
I got these in the black/white version, and also the matching Xenon singlet jersey and Xenon jacket (and Xenon socks, from 'somewhere else)...very nice, and quite sharp, but...not for the muddy rides of course, but so 'cool' on a hot, dry summer day/cool evenings. Will definitely be getting the black shorts for the dirtier rides.
This is Gore's top tier lineup, and I defiantly recommend it (still, they need to refine the contour of their chamois a little better, but they are comfortable!).
Country of Origin:
Stamp on back of garment reads:
"Engineered in Germany...Made in China"
Will post any quality issues if they arise.
The description states the chamois is removable...not so, it is sewed on, like most other tights/shorts.
Also, the legs do have silicone 'grippers', just configured a little differently (in the form of writing and graphics), same results: keep leg hems in place.
*Sorry I didn't notice this mis-information earlier for you, ladies.
Great compression, very comfortable chamois. I have worn Assos for years and these are even better feeling, especially on long rides (I am a size M)
The chamois was really big in these -- felt oversized. I wear an XS in all my bike shorts and with the chamois being very wide in this pair - made them feel baggie and large in the seat - had to send them back. For reference- Assos, Giordana Carbon, various Sugoi and Per Uz. over the years are others that I wear/have worn. May be great in larger sizes - the chamois would form to the larger seart area, and the style/look was nice - waist sat nice an low enough, flat, etc ... but not good fit in the smaller size.