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Levi's Commuter 511 Shorts

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4 5

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Description

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

Material:
[shorts] 98% cotton, 2% elastane, [treatment] NanoSphere protective finish, [finish] Sanitized protective finish
Fit:
slim
Rise:
slightly below waist
Waist:
belt loops with button closure
Pockets:
2 hand, 2 rear, 1 key, 1 U-lock holster
Fly:
zippered
Gusseted Crotch:
yes
Recommended Use:
commuting

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4 5

-Levi Commuter-

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I bought these as a gift, and he has deemed these his new favorite shorts. His main form of transportation is his bike, and he kept blowing out his jeans after a month or so of wear - with the reinforcement in these jeans, it is a safe bet these will last a bit longer! He did say these came a bit shorter than he had expected, but regardless they worked well for him.

3 5

slim

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

6' 175lbs
Thighs were too thick for these slim shorts. material was awesome, but had to return.

5 5

Solid shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I typically don't wear shorts unless at the gym or doing something outdoors, but bicycle commuting to work in Atlanta summers has forced my hand. I looked all over for some slim-fitting shorts, and finally decided to give these a go. I bought a pair in each color.

First, as others have stated, they do fit skinny, both in the waist and leg. I have chicken legs and typically wear 510's, and these fit about like those, but they stretch A LOT. They're kind of a thinner cotton chino material with a lot of stretch, not really denim at all. I like them, and the light weight is nice for the heat.

Sizing...As others have stated, I would size up an inch. I wear a 32 in Levi's usually, sometimes a 33 (which gives me a lot of room), and a 33 in these fits me like a 32 in regular jeans. I've worn 511 shorts before, and these are consistent with 511 shorts--skinny and a little smaller at the waist.

I've never really been super interested in the commuter series, even though I do commute, until recently I got tired of the crotch of all my pants getting shredded. There is a definite difference in quality between normal Levi's and the commuter series. There are more details, better durability, and the fit is better (higher waist in the back is nice not only for commuting, just for covering your crack).

Overall, really nice shorts, and the fit on my skinny legs isn't too tight, but slim enough. I didn't like the look of the reflective tape on the sides, so I just took an Xacto knife and removed the stitching and took it out. It took about 10 mins. The green shorts look almost the exact same color as the picture. Maybe a touch lighter, but really close. I was hoping they'd be a bit lighter, but I guess they'll fade with time.

3 5

Skinny even for skinny jeans

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these shorts based upon my great experience with the commuter jeans and commuter trousers. The full length pants from the Levi's commuter series are awesome, and I wear 511's in a 34 and they have always fit well. For some reason, these shorts fit surprisingly tight in the leg. As one reviewer said, most cyclists with developed quads will probably find these to fit poorly. The waist and seat of the pants is not bad, they are just very skinny legs. Levi's just came out with some redesigned commuter trousers, and those look to be a little better cut. That said, the quality and craftsmanship is just what you'd expect (in a good way), and for cruising on the townie or fixie to a bar, you'll fit in right alongside the rest of the hipsters. For the sale price, I'd buy again.

2 5

Skinny, not slim fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you actually ride a bike, then these probably aren't going to fit your legs. They're pretty snug. Also, as others have mentioned, being bike specific shorts, they should probably be a little higher in the back as well. Then there is this awesome loop to stick your u-lock through. . . except a normal size u-lock won't fit. . . just a mini lock, so that's no good either.

They're worth the cost on sale. . . full-price, no way. I don't recommend them unless you've some super-skinny hipster legs.

5 5

New Favorite shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Color is awesome. Oil blue looks more teal or aquamarine in different light. Material feels durable but is stretchy and comfy. The interior of the pocket is the same as the rest of the short unlike some other brands where its a thinner more light weight material. Button fly for quick pit stops. Fit is skinny but not like compression pants. I'm also not a pro cyclist with massive thighs, but I do ride my bike to work and school. Haven't had a chance to do that in them yet. They feel a bit heavy on the waist and fit well enough not to need a belt. Definitely snug on the gonads. And the bottoms do flare out if not rolled, but it's less intense after the first couple of washes. Great shorts overall, might just wear them every day.

New Favorite shorts
4 5

Tight in the legs..

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

While i may not have the biggest legs in the world or the smallest these fit a little tight in the legs compared to other 511s and it may be due to the "commuter" fit.

Waist size is perfect and I really enjoy the slightly higher rise (designed to not look like a plumber on the bike), but like everyone is saying these are a little snugger in the legs than other levis.

That being said, I'm probably going to pick up another pair. I'm alright with the tighter legs and really dig the rest of the fit and stretch. I'll have to have a riding/work pair and a clean pair.

Responded on

Gota agree, too tight for me - great shorts though if you like them skinny.

4 5

Skinnier than the 511 pants

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I rock the 511 pants on a daily basis and they fit awesome. They FIT, not baggy, not skinny, but fit.

These are NOT the same fit as the pants. These are nut huggers for sure and are definately leaning towards that hipster-punk-rocker-skinny legs-underwear hanging out the back look.

That being said they are relatively comfortable aside from the lack of room for the man parts. I almost returned but decided ill keep them if I feel like turning hipster. Also the quality is very good like the pants, and if i were someone who was into skinny jeans ide be soked

1 5

pencil legs

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

You better have legs that resemble Chris Froome's arms if you order these. Super flippin skinny.

4 5

Compression Shorts

I love these shorts so much, but wow do they run tight. I love me some tight and stretchy pants, but I am on the fence if I should return these. The material is a nice tech stretch, the color is awesome (oil blue), the fit is actually true to size - other than how tight the thighs are. These are not a slim fit, they are a skinny fit. I would size up to get a looser thigh, but the waist is just so perfect. No riding in them yet, but if you have any sort of leg muscle, get ready to flex on peeps with these things. I mean, Levi's JUST BARELY missed here.

4 5

Great if you have skinny quads.

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

The shorts themselves are great, the material looks quality and has a slight amount of stretch to it. But the cut is definitely for skinny hipster kids. The 30in waist fit me perfectly, but I could barely get my quads in the shorts. I gave them to my little brother.

4 5

niceeee

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great quality and fit,perfect slim. Only problem is that since it comes folded at the bottom(golden harvest picture). It kind flares out at the bottom if they are not folded.

2 5

Skinny

  • 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.

Responded on

I agree, I got the size 30 and the waist fits fine, but the legs are extremely skinny - I could barely get them on. They'd be good if you have no leg muscle and like a hipster fit.

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

niceeee

  • 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

Nice

  • 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.

Responded on

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.