Conspicuously well designed.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room: the Kitsbow Adjustable Waist Men’s Shorts are expensive. For that type of change, you’d expect them to provide a little bit more than most trail shorts, and they certainly do, starting with the fabric. Kitsbow made the shorts from Schoeller, a water- and wind-resistant softshell fabric that’s as breathable as it is comfortable, perfect for riding on the damp mountains and through the soggy forests of Kitsbow’s BC homebase. The Adjustable Waist Shorts also uses Coldblack technology to reflect the sun’s rays when you pop out of the forest and into the sunshine.
Most of what you’re paying for is thoughtful design and attention to detail, not unnecessary gadgetry. Kitsbow intentionally cut the shorts slim and sleek, so they won’t catch on trailside underbrush, and shaped the rear hems to move smoothly with you as you pedal. The adjustable tabs on the waist hide away so they don’t get unhooked, and four low-profile pockets make life on and off the bike just a little bit easier. Finally, Kitsbow’s clean aesthetics just look damn good, and that’s always a nice feature to include.