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Gore Bike WearElement Short - Men's

Take an easy day.

Heading out onto your local bike paths with the kids or around town on your commuter frame doesn't always require technical baggies or a full Lycra road kit. The Gore Bike Wear's Element Short was cut for riding, just a bit more relaxed than the technical stuff, with a versatile 13in inseam and a plethora of pockets to use to stash kid-approved ride snacks. Gore includes casual details like belt loops, so you can adjust the fit to what works best for you, as well as a traditional button-fly closure and an overall style that resembles everyday shorts off-the-bike. Though it may look casual, the Element will be at home on a bike, and Gore constructed it using a lightweight synthetic fabric designed to pull moisture away from your body in the same way as its more aggressive shorts. The reflective piping throughout the body helps it increase your visibility if you wear it during low-light hours while commuting, and the partially-elastic waistband promises to sit securely, without pinching, on the days you get to take a break from the fitted cycling kit.

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Cool shorts

    Really like these shorts, they seem to be well made and they are very comfortable while riding. I recommend them.

    Nice, but runs at least 1 size too small

      Nice shorts, but runs way too small. XL was barely a medium.

      A Perfect MTB/Commuter Short

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      I've been rolling with two pairs of these shorts for about 4 months and they've been awesome. They fit is perfect on me, it's a trim fit and expands/stretches at the right places. I love how they place horizontal and vertical stretch panels on select parts of the shorts. There is a precise science to the design.

      The reflective material that is used in the rear of the shorts, and logo are perfect for night riding, whether on the trail or road. I use them for night rides on my mountain bike and fellow riders complement how I am visible to them from a distance with the reflective material.

      Cargo pockets are perfect for storing a few gels, car/bike rack lock keys, food. However I carry that stuff in a backpack anyway. The only improvement I would make is to either omit the velcro patch next to the buttons on the waistline, or redesign it's shape. It irritates my abdominal area below my belly button. I end up tucking in my shirt and problem solved.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Finally, some mountain bike shorts that fit and function like they ought to. Plenty of pockets, great waist fit and good length for XC/AM riding, below the knee and roomy, but not Juggalo. Belt loops are great because those adjustment tabs always wear out, and they can't handle the weight of pockets full of food and tools. These don't come with an integrated chamois, but that's fine; I'd rather wear bibs made for biking underneath than suffer through another poor excuse for a built-in diaper. Fabric is light, stretchy, and breathable, but seems tough enough after a few rides. Reflective hits are nice, I guess, but I don't ride at night very much. My only gripe would be that the styling is just a hair on the flashy/techy side with the neon mesh accents (that just provide ventilation for the cargo pockets? Weird.) but I'll take it. In fact, I'll take two.