The Gore Women’s Trail KPR jersey is a breezy short-sleeve jersey that can be paired with a base layer for colder temperatures. It offers a comfortable fit thanks to the stretchy and soft fabric - and it looks awesome with subtle branding and warm colour. Read on to see how it stacks up against the best MTB jerseys.
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Gore Women’s Trail KPR Jersey - technical details
Designed for technical trail riding all year round, Gore says it created this rugged and lightweight jersey to be worn in many ways: alone with a base layer or under a jacket. And whichever way you choose, Gore claims your performance and experience on the trail will be enhanced with better moisture control and reduced cling.
The Gore Women’s Trail KPR jersey is made of polyester, of which 56% is recycled, making this jersey a little more sustainable than others on the market. It is offered in two colours and five sizes ranging from an EU 34 to EU 42 (UK 8-14) - which is a decent size range.
Construction-wise, this jersey packs a lot of features that aim to make it more comfortable and irritation-free; a rounded collar, partial seamless construction and soft, functional fabrics with high stretch and breathability.
Gore Women’s Trail KPR Jersey - Performance
Testing the Gore Trail KPR jersey has been a joy - it’s a great, comfortable top that I think is ideal for warm summer rides, running, or other outdoor activities.
Gore says this is an all-year jersey but I’d recommend it for warm-weather rides because of its flowy, very breathable and irritation-free construction. I feel adding a (long-sleeve) baselayer underneath would change the great ventilation of this top, even though it would also add to the range of conditions this jersey can handle.
I tested the mustard yellow, called 'uniform sand' and immediately loved it - it’s bright but not in the high-visibility sense, adding a little bit of colour to your arsenal. The jersey is very subtly branded with one small Gore logo on the left chest and the rear hem. Gore says the jersey has reflective details, which I think are these two small brand patches, as they seem to have reflectiveness to them. Even though they do offer a little bit of reflective detailing, I would not go as far as relying on these for any kind of added visibility.
I found this to be true to size and the fit comfortably loose, without being baggy. The cut of this top is a little on the longer side which is nice when cycling. I found myself tucking the hem into my shorts when I felt it was in the way of accessing my short pockets.
As Gore promises, the materials used on this jersey are very soft to the touch and I particularly enjoyed the seamless hem, collar and sleeves - those really added to the light feeling of the garment. The whole shirt has stretch to it, so it never felt snug or restrictive when on the bike. Out of curiosity, I also weighed the jersey and it came in at a mere 82g in size XS.
The jersey washes well (no odours lingering) and dries extremely quick - I was really impressed with that because the drying time was almost comparable to a base layer.
Gore Women’s Trail KPR Jersey - Verdict
At £60, this jersey is not the cheapest on the market, but it's certainly not expensive. For example, the Mons Royale Women's Redwood Enduro VT jersey that Jessica reviewed retails for £68 - but offers a little zip pocket for keys. Similarly, Pearl Izumi Women's Launch Jersey has a valuables pocket and retails for £75. This places the Gore Trail KPR in the middle - it offers great warm weather performance and comfort, but not many special features, and this is reflected in the price.
This jersey delivers what it promises; a very light and breathable, casual-looking option at a reasonable price with the added bonus of being made from recycled materials. Despite the lack of pockets, it's an otherwise brilliant, multi-sport jersey.