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The Gore Torrent Breathe jersey is a lightweight, mesh-style top ideal for hot-weather riding. The fabric lets plenty of air flow through it to keep you cool, and the fit is close if you don't like your jersey flapping in the wind. It's a bit pricey for what it is, but it's well made and comes in a range of four eye-catching colours in both men's and women's models.
Steve reviewed Gore's Torrent jersey in spring last year, when he described it as comfortable, stylish and well made. This Torrent Breathe uses the same cut and styling but is made from a lighter fabric with a mesh style designed to improve air flow.
It's made from a recycled polyester blend with a small amount of elastane added to provide some stretch, and the material feels soft against your skin, with no scratchiness or itchiness, so you can wear it with or without a baselayer.
The Torrent Breath uses different size mesh patterns throughout its design, with a more open knit on the arms and side panels to promote the most airflow, while the main section of the body features a tighter knit.
The airflow is really good, though, regardless of the knit size. The end of the review period coincided with some warm weather peaking at around 20°C and the Gore got to show how breathable it is on some steep climbs.
You can feel the air blowing through it too, which means it stays pretty dry, even when you're riding hard.
With a mesh baselayer underneath I found it warm enough down to about 14°C, so it's not a jersey that just going to be limited to those few properly hot weeks of the year that we typically get in the UK.
The fit is what Gore call 'form fit', so it's cut to sit close to the body with little in the way of spare fabric. When holding this large size up it actually looks tiny, but there's so much stretch in the material it delivers a close fit without it ever feeling like it's pulling anywhere or being overly stretched.
The tail is dropped to give coverage to your rear even when you're riding in the drops, with a silicone gripper to stop it sliding up; the front sits higher to stop the fabric bunching.
If I'm honest I'd like to see top and bottom zip garages – the former to prevent any neck irritation, the latter to stop any potential damage to your shorts. In its defence the neck does sit lower than most, so the chance of irritation there is much lower.
The arms are quite long, which could mess with your mid-bicep tan lines and the extra material doesn't necessarily mean better protection from the sun. Gore doesn't mention any SPF protection.
The quality is to a high standard, with the whole jersey looking very well finished throughout, with just the odd stray thread end here and there.
As part of the construction, you get four rear pockets, with three in the traditional layout running horizontally, the two outer ones have a sloped entrance for easier access when on the fly.
You also get a fourth zipped valuables pocket, which I consider to be a given these days.
Priced at £99.99 it's a tenner more than the standard Torrent, a jersey that Steve reckoned was pricey and I tend to agree with him. The Breathe is well made as you'd expect from such a big name – but there is nothing here that stands out as being exceptionally special for the money.
But the Gore is far from alone at this price point. Scott's Premium short sleeve shirt is also designed for warm-weather riding and is now priced at £99.99, up from £90.99 when Ben reviewed it last year.
Overall, the Torrent Breathe is a quality jersey that is well made and performs spot on for hot days. It's also good to see recycled material being used. It is pricey, and while not alone at around £100, there are much cheaper options that perform very well.
Great fabric for use on warm days, and a fit that will suit those who want a close, aero feel
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Gore Torrent Breathe jersey
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Gore says: "A superlight mesh jersey allows more airflow to stay cool on long, hot, intense rides."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Highly breathable with maximum air flow
Tight-fitting jersey with contemporary road style
3 gusseted back pockets
Zipped side pocket for keys and valuables
Silicone hem gripper
Branded full front zip with semi-lock slider
MAIN FABRIC: 91% Polyester (recycled), 9% Elastane
INSERT: 94% Polyester (recycled), 6% Elastane
Machine Wash Cold Delicate
Do Not Bleach
Do Not Tumble Dry
Dry Clean Except Trichloroethylene, Delicate
It may look small on the hangar, but in reality the sizing is spot on to what you'd expect once you're wearing it.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
The label recommends a 30-degree wash and when following this there were no issues with keeping it clean and looking like new.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A highly breathable jersey for riding in hot conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Quite pricey for what it is.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
There are some cheaper and similarly effective options on the market such as the Van Rysel I mentioned in the review. For comparison the equivalent Scott jersey is the same price while the offering from MAAP is considerably more expensive.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A high-quality jersey as you'd expect from Gore – but it's not exactly groundbreaking for the money.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for road.cc, off-road.cc and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!