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Gear Review

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Air & Style

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wore these all weekend riding in Moab in 75+ degree heat. They don't have any vents, but they don't need them. These shorts are cool in temperature and cool looking to boot, and the fabric is very, very light, almost like a stretch mesh. I haven't tested their durability too hard, but I would say these are definitely XC/AM shorts, not DH shorts. The size 34 fit my 32-inch waist (I usually buy one size big) with the elastic waist tabs making up the difference, and they hit just in the middle of the knee or a bit below. The chamois seemed to be a bit on the large side. Not a big deal because I generally wear road shorts or bibs under my MTB shorts, since MTB chamois are pretty low quality across the board, but these seem pretty decent for the money. My only complaints would be there's just one small pocket (not three like the specs state), which is big enough for keys or money but not for a tube or anything substantial, and I prefer fixed waist tabs (not elastic) on shorts that don't have belt loops (these don't). Overall though, I am stoked on them especially for hot-weather riding. EDIT: I was wrong about the fabric. It's a stretch ripstop in the green sections, with a tight mesh in the black sections. And after wearing these most of the season, I haven't had any issues.

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do you find the the chamois are to wide with the padding? they bunch up for me. not sure if I should go a size down.

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@mgillign: one of the reasons I don't use the chamois is it was too big. I don't know whether going a size down will help, but I imagine to get the chamois sized correctly the shorts would be too small.