Nice Hot Weather MTB Short
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: M
I was on the fence about giving these shorts 4 or 5 stars, but in the process of writing this review determined that for their intended purpose, riding a mountain bike, I really like these shorts. 5 stars!
I decided to give these shorts a try for two reasons, Club Ride's claim that they are made of a light weight material suitable for hot weather, and a loose, baggy fit appropriate for mountain biking. I am 5'4" and 140lbs, based on other's reviews and Club Rides sizing guide I went with the medium and have been totally happy.
My go-to short for years has been the Fox Ripley. I still love these shorts, but the most recent models are made of a pretty heavy material that I don't find breathes very well for XC/Trail riding in hot conditions. I have older model Ripleys that are made of a lighter weight material, but as I have ridden more I find that these older models are a bit restrictive in a cycling position as my legs have gotten stronger. My hope was that the Club Ride Savvy would be a more comfortable short for both hot riding conditions and would fit my athletic thighs well. The Savvy succeeds! When I am riding I do not think about these shorts at all, they are comfortable, do not restrict movement in any way, and they are noticeably lighter weight than my other shorts.
There are a few things I might have preferred differently. I do find that when off the bike the length hits me just below the knee. This is not an issue on the bike when riding. For the record I do have shorter legs so this may not be an issue for all. For around town I might prefer a slightly shorter length, but these fit perfectly on the bike so I don't feel like I can fault the shorts. Second, the shorts are adjustable at the waist via a soft, elastic, draw string. Tying a draw string is a bit inconvenient, but it does a perfect job, does not bind or create any itchy velcro points, so again, I can't fault the design.
So, in conclusion, 5 stars from me for these shorts with an athletic fit that I love wearing in hot conditions.