Club Ride Go Long and Days 2 Short Review

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Days 2 Short
The two-piece Days 2 Short are comprised of an outer short made from 2-way stretch nylon, and a removable inner Coolmax chamois liner made from a polyester and spandex blend. They have two-hand pockets with a front drop in cell phone slot in the right hand one, and one zippered thigh and back pocket. It’s available in Raven and Ale (as tested) colors, in Small, Medium, Large, or X-Large, and retails for $99.99. The shorts have a 12″ inseam (mine measured at 11″), which is about the minimum for good coverage while mountain biking, although I prefer mine a tad longer. The front closure uses a simple single snap, and a nice long zipper for natures calls. The shorts have an excellent waist size alerting system, that uses adjustable cams, located at the hip, which allow several inches of play, making for easy changes that don’t slip. The outer short which uses a polyester and spandex blend, has been very durable and the fabric stretches and undulates in the proper directions for maximum comfort. The crotch is gusseted, meaning it has a rhomboid section of fabric sewn in, so that it remains seamless under the naughty bits, for more comfort and roominess. The Coolmax chamois liner had a very open and light mesh, which breathed and ventilated well, and the leg’s cuffs had a nice silicone gripper band for adhesion. I found the liner slightly flimsy, and didn’t fit tight enough for my tastes, as a small amount of compression is athletically beneficial. Although the padding was thick, it was too soft, and needs to be firmer to provide more comfort and protection.

Bottom Line
The Club Ride Days 2 Short are simple and look like a normal set of shorts, and are durable, comfortable, with a decent length and enough useful pockets. They’re baggies without being baggy, and will appeal to a broad spectrum of riders who might not want the Freeride look? The Chamois liners are comfortable and breathe well, but they need a tighter fit and firmer padding. Sans liner, they are a great everyday pair of shorts.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Excellent waist adjustment system
  • 2-way stretch material

Cons

  • Chamois liner – loose and needs firmer padding
  • Inseam seem shorter than 12″

Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

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Days 2 Short Specs:

  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Visit the Club Ride Days 2 Short website
  • Abrasion resistant stretch nylon fabric
  • Seamless crotch gusset
  • Slip in cell pocket
  • Side adjustment cams
  • 12 inch inseam
  • Colors: Raven , Ale
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL


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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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