Gore Oxygen 2.0 Bibshorts review

Solid pair of bibshorts with an affordable price

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Gore’s Oxygen 2.0 bib shorts are made for long days in the saddle. They offer comfort and quality at a reasonable price.

Gore’s Oxygen 2.0 bib shorts are made for long days in the saddle. They offer comfort and quality at a reasonable price.

Lowdown: Gore Oxygen 2.0 Bibshorts

Gore’s Oxygen 2.0 bibs are a great pair of premium shorts at a less than premium price, which just make them the perfect holiday gift for that cyclist in your life. Find out more in our review below.

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Color: black with red trim Price: $150
Sizes: sizes S to XXL Rating: 4 Stars 4 out of 5 stars

Pluses
Minuses
  • Comfortable chamois
  • Tight fit won’t suit some
  • Quality design
  • Comfortable bib straps

Review: Gore Oxygen 2.0 Bibshorts

Even with colder temperatures here, a good pair of bibshorts is always appreciated. Gore’s Oxygen 2.0s offer great comfort and a unique feature perfect for cooler days at an affordable price.

Well-placed seams, well-designed bib straps and compressive materials delivered comfort ride after ride.

Well-placed seams, well-designed bib straps, and compressive materials delivered comfort ride after ride.

When it comes to bib shorts, as with many things, if you spend top dollar you expect a great product. But forking over $200, $300 or even $400 is a tough pill to swallow if you ride a lot, because you likely need more than one pair of shorts. I’m always looking for affordable options that deliver top-notch performance. I spend long days in the saddle, some very long, and after saddle choice, the bibs you pull on at the start of the day can have a lot to do with the outcome of a ride.

The chamois used on the Oxygen 2.0 shorts is a simple multi-layer affair that was very comfortable.

The chamois used on the Oxygen 2.0 shorts is a simple multi-layer affair that was very comfortable.

When I first pulled on the Gore Oxygen 2.0 bibshorts, I was skeptical. I like some compression, but not a lot, and I don’t typically go in for super fancy chamois. But a short designed for long rides always has my attention. With some reserve I headed out for my first ride in the Oxygen 2.0’s. Three hours later I was happy. And that says a lot.

Instead of elastic or silicone grippers, GORE employs a flat hem that with the materials used kept the shorts from riding up.

Instead of elastic or silicone grippers, Gore employs a flat hem that with the materials used kept the shorts from riding up.

The compression of the shorts kept them in place without restricting movement. The material used in the lower portion of the short has a somewhat rough texture on the inside, but this isn’t noticeable while riding and probably lends traction to keep the material from moving around. The fabric is also a tad heavier than you find on many shorts. Instead of feeling heavy, though, it feels durable. The chamois was superbly comfortable and the bib straps never dug in to my shoulders. The openings of the legs don’t use silicone grippers like many shorts. Instead they use a flat hem that keeps them from riding up. It works well.

Above the chamois is a small windproof panel designed to keep you comfortable on fast descents or cooler days.

Above the chamois is a small windproof panel designed to keep you comfortable on fast descents or cooler days.

One of the more interesting features of the Oxygen 2.0 shorts is a panel above the main portion of the chamois with a windproof layer to help keep the chill out. This is great feature on colder days, but never seemed unduly hot during warmer rides. Inside the short that same panel has a soft fleecy material to enhance comfort. In sum, the Oxygen 2.0’s are great for long days in the saddle, just as advertised.

A close competitor for the Oxygen 2.0 are Giro’s Chrono Expert bibs. They also run $150. While the Gore shorts are pretty snug, the Giro’s are more typical in their level of compression. The Giro’s have an inseam similar to the Gore’s, covering more of the thigh, but they use an elastic gripper that’s just as effective. Really it’s a toss up between the two. One advantage to the Giro option is the inclusion of a pocket on the back of the bib, a handy location for a wallet or phone. But if you prefer a tight fit, go with the Gore Oxygen 2.0 Bibshorts.

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About the author: Nick Legan

Nick Legan is happiest with some grease under his nails and a long dirt climb ahead. As a former WorldTour team mechanic, Legan plied his trade at all the Grand Tours, Spring Classics, World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In recent years, gravel and ultra-distance racing has a firm grip on Legan’s attention, but his love of mountain biking and long road rides hasn’t diminished. Originally a Hoosier, Legan settled in Boulder, Colorado, 14 years ago after finishing his time at Indiana University studying French and journalism. He served as the technical editor at VeloNews for two years and now contributes to Adventure Cyclist, Mtbr and RoadBikeReview.


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