Levi's Commuter 511 Shorts $63.95
Arrive in style.
With summer upon us, there's no denying that shorts are the ideal choice piece to beat the heat. However, when it comes to your summer commutes, you're either faced with kook'ing it around town in your full kit, going completely Fred in bib shorts and a T-shirt, or succumbing to the discomfort of your everyday shorts. That is until now. With the new Levi's Commuter 511 Shorts, you'll benefit from a cycling-specific design, fabric treatment, and style.
These aren't some run-of-the-mill, one-off attempt at appeasing a subculture. Instead, Levi's worked closely with cyclists in multiple cities around America, distributing prototypes and accepting feedback. And, as a result of developing the shorts in accordance to critique, Levi's effectively dialed-in the fit, accoutrements, and finishes to what cyclists are actually asking for.
Accordingly, Levi's adapted its slim-fit 511 shorts to the purpose of cycling. Now, the 511 features a water-resistant and dirt-repellent NanoSphere protective finish to make commuting in hostile weather a little more acceptable, especially if your destination is the office. It's for this very reason that Levi's also incorporated an odor-resistant Sanitized finish to the shorts, too. Levi's also made these shorts perfect for trips where your bag is staying at home by installing a U-lock holster along the rear of the waistband. This way, you're not ramming your lock down your shorts, wearing out your belt, or being forced to wear a fanny-pack.
In terms of durability, Levi's double-layered the seat panel and the rear pockets. Additionally, the crotch of the 511 is gusseted in order to resist tearing and saddle abrasion. In terms of fit, it's important to note that Levi's considers the 511 as a slim-fit pair of shorts. They sit slightly below the waist and feature a slim, slightly tapered leg. However, for the sake of coverage while in the saddle, these 511s have been cut higher in the rear than a standard pair.
For the pockets, these shorts have been given two hand, two rear, and one coin pocket. And to increase your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions, Levi's incorporated reflective 3M Scotchlite tape on the interior of the short's cuffs.
The Levi's Commuter 511 Shorts are available in the colors Harvest Gold and Oil Blue and in 10 sizes from 28 to 38.
What community has to say
tailored for road racers, not track
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
If you are wanting a comfortable pair of shorts to ride to work in or around town during the summer, these are definitely the jam. The oil blue looks pretty bright in the photo but in person is more muted. I wear a 30 and the 30 fits, but my boyfriend has thighs like a Keirin racer, so the waist is a little big but the thighs fit. Be weary if you rival Chris Hoy with your thigh mass.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These shorts run true to size, they are very comfortable and the fit to them is great. I wish there were more colors I would buy another pair.