Gore Bike Wear Freeride Shorts Review

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The mesh inserts that reside just below the front waist are like mini air conditioners, and really help draw air into the shorts and to the inner pants, helping to be temperate. The side ventilation zippers are nice, and you can adjust them for varying temperatures and weather, but I must admit that I have always left them open, since I enjoyed the draw of additional air. Since I wasn’t able to ride them in cold weather, I can’t comment if there is too much venting when the temperature drops?

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The waist has an elastic section at the back, and uses two Velcro adjustments at the hip, and then an inner draw string that helps correctly fit the waistband. It was simple to alter the tightness of the waist with Velcro, and micro adjusts were easily made. It has a front zipper, and a buttoned Velcro closure, for calls of nature, and easy on and off. The length is nice, and the cut is baggy for maximum comfort. At the hem of the legs, a satin material is used, so that the pants glides on the legs while riding. I appreciated the small detail of the satin hem, as the pants movement never hindered my rhythm nor bothered me.

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It has a small pocket on the upper back, and a cargo one down on the right thigh. The larger pocket is nice with lighter items, but anything that is too heavy, gets bounced around due to its low positioning. I do wish they had added another big pocket on the left side?

I wore Lycra shorts for most of my biking careers, and loved the fit and snugness, and the comfort that the padded chamois offered, sort of a mini pillow for my bony butt. The Freeride’s inner pants has that same girdle like feel as Lycra shorts, so that fit snugly, with enough elastic give to be comfortable, and still be supportive. The Uber comfy four-way stretch Chamois padding is quite thick, giving rise to shock absorption and plushness, which in turn allows more comfortable and longer rides, and lessens rider fatigue. I enjoyed the padding on rough terrain, and long days in the saddle, and my butt was a much happier camper.

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It utilizes silicone gripping material at the hems, to keep the liner in place, and doesn’t yank any hairs while doing its duty. The inner pants hangs or attaches to the main shorts with a thin red webbing that clips shut with delicate snaps, and although I haven’t had any issues with them as yet, I wish they were a bit more robust.

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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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