Switzerland is well known for its amazing cycling, both on and off-road, thanks to its mountainous landscape, and we're glad that Assos made the decision to add mountain bike clothing to its already impressive road clothing lineup. No doubt, Assos has a reputation as the company for high-end road clothing, so it's also no surprise that the H.rallyinnerShorts S7 incorporates elements from the same shorts that earned Assos the reputation as "the bike shorts company." Some brands skimp on its mountain kit assuming that riders don't ride for as long or won't appreciate the finer details instilled on its road kits. That doesn't cut it with Assos and its mountain bike offerings are every bit as refined as its road apparel.
The shorts feature a lighter version of the compressive material used throughout the S7 line, so they provide soft, breathable comfort beneath whatever baggies you choose to wear them with—though Assos purists will likely want to pair them with the H LaalalaiCargoShorts s7. With the exception of the seams, which are external, and the pockets for padding, which is removable, the H.rallyinnerShorts S7 largely takes design cues from the road-specific Mille shorts. These include the confidence of a stay-in-place, low-pressure waistband and the cushion of Assos' endurance-minded Mille chamois. Assos being Assos, the latter of which is obviously the key feature.
An 8mm-thick memoryFoam material is cut into two pads shaped to support your sit bones. This foam was first introduced with the venerable _s2 FI.13, as its material properties let it compress and immediately return, effectively filling the gaps created between body and chamois throughout the pedal stroke or while shifting in the saddle The memoryFoam isn't a homogenous material; rather, and in true Assos form, it's a complex gestalt of myriad materials. The first two layers are the brand's superAir and waffle composition, which provide perforated padding that increases breathability and to shed weight. This layer is responsible for the dimpling that shows through the ultra-soft top sheet. The combined effect pulls moisture from within the layers below and lets the chamois dry much quicker than the previous _s5 chamois.
As we mentioned above, the most striking feature on the liner separating them from the road offerings is the inclusion of optional PU foam impactPads for high-energy shock absorption in the unfortunate event of a crash. This offers valuable hip protection in an area that is vulnerable when touching down on the trail.
- Mountain bike liner shorts with a road bike pedigree
- Lightweight, high-stretch material maintains comfort under baggies
- Removable padding at hips for rowdy days
- Endurance chamois adds cushion without undue bulk
- Forgiving waistband maintains fit without discomfort
- External seams virtually eliminate abrasion
- Assos launches a bid to conquer the mountains the way it conquered road cycling