I've used this as a wind breaker for mountain biking and it works well--comparable to cycling-specific wind breakers (no insulation though). It packs down small enough to fit in a jersey pocket, which is the most important factor for me. And I've found that the sleeves and torso are fairly long, so you'd probably be able to bend over enough to use while riding.
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I'm definitely a fan of these shorts. They're average length (not SUPER short) which gives good sun protection. The built-in briefs are also very supportive, which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences (I like it). I've bought 3 pairs now. They also have a good sized pocket which can fit 3-4 gels, a cliff bar or even an iPhone (but the phone is a little heavy for them).
They've also held up well over the last year of use. So good on durability
Al in all, good shorts!
I just got these on a new Pivot 429C. They're pretty awesome so far. Fairly light, stiff. Can't comment on durability yet, but no reason to think they won't be awesome.
I've run about 50 miles in these over the last month, and overall am very impressed. They are purpose built to give great traction on soft, loose, or muddy surfaces. And they provide adequate protection, but not excessive. Just don't expect to use them on pavement or even hard-packed trails.
They are very light and flexible, putting them squarely in the minimalist category (which is just what I was looking for). The lugs on the sole are extremely large and widely spaced, almost to the point of being cleats. This makes them fantastic on anything soft, loose, or muddy. But on anything hard you can feel each individual lug with every step.
One thing that was very impressive. The spacing between the lugs allowed mud to fall of easily. It can still accumulate, but not as badly as on your typical running shoe.
The one downside for me (which could be good for others) is that the forefoot is fairly narrow. That makes it a 4 star shoe for me, but again, this could be a feature for someone else.