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Levi's Commuter 511 Shorts

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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.

Tech Specs

[shorts] 98% cotton, 2% elastane, [treatment] NanoSphere protective finish, [finish] Sanitized protective finish
slightly below waist
belt loops with button closure
2 hand, 2 rear, 1 key, 1 U-lock holster
Gusseted Crotch:
Recommended Use:

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2 5


  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

So disappointed, as I was really looking forward to wearing these for casual riding, pub crawls, cafe rides, etc. The legs are ridiculously skinny. I understand they're 'slim fit', but I'd also expect that Levi's would take into account that these will be worn by cyclists with larger legs.
I usually wear 33, but ordered 34s to account for the slim fit. They have a little room in the waist, so ... true to size. But the legs fit as tight as any lycra short. Seriously. Way too tight to comfortably hang around in. I guess if you're a regular wearer of skinny jeans, they'd be fine.
It's too bad because they're very well made. Slightly stretchy, great color and I really like the reflective strips.

4 5

Great price! New favorite shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I will be ordering more from the Levi Commute series. These looks great on and off bike. Love the higher waist and large crotch gusset and stretch.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

great fit and material, next best thing to the hsu twills

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Christy J is not kidding about the fit. I'm generally a 34/35 waist, but have pretty hefty thighs and the 34 was a definite no-go for me. So if you have thunder thighs look to size up and pair with a good belt. They are a great short otherwise though, the material is super nice and also super stretchy.

For the record the waist fits fairly true to size, but due to the overall cut I am saying these run small because if you are between sizes you will definitely want the bigger size.

5 5

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.

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Do they hold water (nice way of saying my nasty sweat) like cotton typically does or they do behave more like tech clothing?

4 5

great shorts!

  • 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.