Category Archives: shorts
Mission Workshop: Indian Summer Riding Kit – Merino Shirts and Stahl Short
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Photos by Sean Murphy

As one of the first people to test out the new cycling gear from Mission Workshop, I greeted it with as much apprehension as enthusiasm. Surely, there were already a lot of options for urban cycling gear out there but were these new pieces strictly for cycling?

Not at all. In fact, while I enjoyed riding in the clothes, I didn’t feel like there was anything in particular that made it cycling-specific and that’s a good thing. The side utility pocket has everyday applications and the cut certainly fits on the bike. In the end, this is made in the USA, high-tech, high-quality clothing from a company that is no stranger to those traits.

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Aug 1, 2013 5 comments
Review: SWRVE BLK Japanese Canvas Trouser Shorts
A Short Review with SWRVE's BLK Japanese Canvas Trouser Shorts

I feel like over the past few years, I’ve begun to appreciate a good pair of shorts. So far this spring, I’ve had a few pairs on heavy rotation but since acquiring a pair of the SWRVE BLK Japanese Canvas trouser shorts, I’ve barely taken them off and I’m pretty sure that’s what SWRVE wants you to do.

This Japanese canvas is coated with a special treatment to give them a broken-in look after a few weeks of wear and riding. The fabric took only a day to loosen up and break in, something I wasn’t expecting as they’re kind of stiff feeling when you first put them on.

A 9″ inseam is what many would consider too short for comfort but I’ve taken a liking to their fit. When walking or riding, they sit a few inches above the knee caps, but when you sit down, they tend to hike up a bit more, usually around your riding tan line and cyclists love to show that off, right?

Two pockets on the rear will hold your wallet and what have you, with one zippered pocket to ensure you don’t lose your keys. Signature SWRVE detailing like a soft lining around the waist, durable belt loops and one reflective loop strip set these apart from many other “cycling-specific” shorts. All this with a zippered fly.

I’ve only had these for a little over two weeks now, so they’ve yet to show heavy signs of breaking in, but as with all of SWRVE’s products, especially the BLK line, I’m sure they’ll hold up fine to daily use.

Since these are Made in the USA and small batch, you can expect a retail of $100. Money well spent if you ask me…

Scoop up a pair at SWRVE and check out a few more photos in the Gallery!

Jun 17, 2013 22 comments
Outlier for Women

For over 8 months now, Lauren has been loving her Outlier women’s shorts and I wish I had taken more photos of them while shooting her Icarus because they fit her like a glove! Here’s the scoop on the full Outlier women’s line:

“Why should better clothing just be made for the boys? It’s taken far too long, but we’ve been working extensively on our women’s clothing and we’ve finally got some more good stuff for you. We started by taking some of our favorite garments and rebuilt them from the ground up for women’s bodies using the same great fabrics found in our menswear, of course. So here’s four for the ladies; four new garments that we hope you’ll consider future classics.”

See the full line at Outlier!

May 15, 2013 4 comments
Outlier: Three Way Trunks
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Quite possibly the best shorts ever are back in stock at Outlier. Made in NYC and perfect for summer riding, swimming, corndogging and everything in between. Pick up a pair now at Outlier!

Apr 24, 2013 4 comments
Giro Introduces the New Road Apparel Line
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After months upon months of design, development and prototyping, the Giro New Road line is now available at select shops. I’ve had hands on experience with many of these pieces and I’m very impressed with the concept and construction. While they look like casual silhouettes, these jerseys are part of an innovative design that allows you to access pockets on the bib “briefs”. Some of these products are meant to work as a kit and others are to be treated as a normal jersey. It’s hard to describe but the product photos below explain better than I can.

The technical, merino blends fit great and have clean, modern lines but most importantly for me, the New Road line is made in the USA and is still affordable. I have and will commend Giro for developing, designing and manufacturing this product line in the state of California.

There’s more to come but for now, you can see the product shots below.

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Feb 28, 2013 28 comments
Chari & Co: Gear PDX Rider Shorts
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It’s spring in NYC and that means you can put your favorite riding jeans away and swap out for some shorts. Chari recently collaborated with Gear PDX on a pair of rider shorts:

“The new Chari & Co. NYC x GEAR PDX joints are the perfect shorts for people on the go. They’re slim-fitting and have a ton of features that urban cyclists will find useful:

-Two front pockets
-One vertical zip-up pocket
-Reflective liners on the inner cuffs (roll ‘em up!)
-Three rear pockets, including one specifically designed to hold a u-lock
-Stretchy!

Made in beautiful Portlandia, these shorts are only available at United Arrows Beauty & Youth in Japan and Chari & Co. NYC. $110.”

I’ll swear by Outlier but it’s nice to have options and these look a lot slimmer fitting than other options.

See more at Chari! and no, the balleur-ass LOOK is not included!

Apr 4, 2012 8 comments