Gore Bike Wear Freeride Shorts Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

I have been enjoying the 2010 Gore Bike Wear Freeride Shorts, as they are a nice set of baggies that are comfortable, with excellent ventilation, and a Uber plushy padded removable inner chamois liner.

The shorts are cut with a long 12.2 inch inseam, have stretch inserts, abrasion resistant material at wear spots, an elastic waistband with drawstring and Velcro closures, two pockets, reflective piping, front and zippered side ventilation mesh, and come in five sizes. The removable inner shorts use a mesh elastic, with gripper material at the hems, and a padded chamois insert.

Impressions
The Freeride’s is some of the nicest mountain bike specific shorts, I have used, and they have lots of style, are highly functional and use a plethora of apparel engineering. The shorts are comfortable, have an extreme amount of ventilation, and utilize stretchy material throughout, except for the high wear zones in the crotch and inner thighs, where a tougher material is used. Most of the short uses an elastic material with four-way stretch panels, so it stretches all over the place, giving comfort and maneuverability, without any pinch spots. In the crotch, down the inner legs, and up towards the back it has tougher wear resistant and durable material, for the abrasion that a saddle tosses out, and for encounters with the ground (sitting and crashing). The stretchiness was certainly welcome, as it notched up the comfort level, and the abrasion profuseness helped with the longevity and durability.

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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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