Hoss Ponderosa Shorts and Rustler Jersey Product Review

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Do you ever go to your LBS and check out new jerseys or shorts, and wonder why cycling clothes cost so much? Unless you pick over the clearance rack and get really lucky, one set of jersey and shorts will put you over $100 for most brands! This is where Hoss Technical Gear comes in.

Hoss is a smaller clothing company that is providing quality apparel at a more affordable price point. I have been riding in my set of Hoss Ponderosa shorts and Rustler jersey for over 3 years now, and these items really hold up well.

The Ponderosa shorts fit well, and like a proper pair of mountain biking shorts…they are baggy, but the liner and chamois fit perfect to keep everything in their proper place. There is a buckle on the belt to secure the waist line, and you can cinch them tighter and secure the belt on either side with velcro.

The chamois is comfortable but not bulky and breathes well. The outer shell feels thin to the touch, but I have not snagged or torn them. And one feature that I really like is that the area where the liner and shell met around the thigh, is seamed securely so that you get the baggy style and “feel” but the outer shell does not hang down where it could snag (like on your saddle as you transition your body positioning on the bike).

The Ponderosa is also loaded with plenty of pockets (7 total), but if you are like me, you don’t like the feeling of biking with your short pockets loaded with supplies that can bounce around while you ride. Besides, isn’t that what a hydration pack is for?

That said, one of the things I kind of miss on the Rustler jersey is the back pockets. I prefer to keep my energy bars and gels in my jersey pockets so they are easily reachable while on the bike. If you are like me, you don’t always stop and take a break on your rides, especially if you are riding alone….so stashing consumables in a hydration pack is not always an option. It would be nice to have at least one back pocket on the jersey.

Other than that, the Rustler jersey is a good, lightweight jersey ideal for summer time riding. You might find it a bit thin if you ride in colder weather. Fit is on the loose side, but not overly baggy. Breathability is good and durability is solid.
Hoss has succeeded in providing quality apparel for mountain bikers, with solid features, comfort, durability and styling. As a side note, Karl and Mark from Hoss are really good guys and Mark is very active in the Socal mountain biking scene and does a lot of work for mountain bike access and advocacy. I would strongly recommend the Hoss Ponderosa Shorts and Rustler Jersey. Hoss proves that quality does not instantly mean costly.

I give them 4.5 flamin’ chili peppers overall:

And 5+ flamin’ chili peppers for value:

To check out the complete line of Hoss apparel, check out their website:

From the manufacturer:

Ponderosa Shorts

-price: $49.95
-sizes: sm, md, lg, xl, xxl, xxxl
-colors: black, blood, camel, chinchilla, dirt, grey, navy, olive, taupe
-also available in Camo Print version, Knicker version, and women’s version

Features and Benefits:

  • 8 panel micro fiber polyester outer shell is lightweight and durable
  • 6 panel polyester/Spandex liner with CoolMax for moisture management and comfort
  • CoolMax sanitized chamois with multi-level technology improves comfort by relieving pressure points
  • 7 pockets, including 2 side cargo pockets, 2 secure zipper pockets, 2 side hip pockets and a rear cargo style pocket
  • Partial elastic waistband with extra secure belt and buckle closure
  • Rear stretch panel for comfort and flexibility

Rustler Jersey

-price: $29.95
-sizes: sm, md, lg, xl, xxl
-colors: available in over a dozen colors/color combinations including camo print

Features and Benefits:

  • CoolPlus fabric for moisture management
  • Loose fit provides comfort for all body types
  • 7” hidden zipper for comfort and temperature control
  • Subtle styling

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • kegsbu says:

    Best freaking baggie short I’ve every put on! They are almost as comfortable as road tights or bibs.

    Bullet proof!

  • anthony says:

    I considered purchasing the Ponderosas but the lack of a removable chamois liner turned me off. If you don’t mind that, then these seem like awesome products.

  • Jadedbee says:

    ‘Have to disagree. My wife has had to stitch my shorts up 3 times in the 2 years I’ve had them. They get caught on the nose of my saddle and rip. Once it was the seam, then I actually puncured the fabric. Also, I had my cell phone in the back pocket, took a small spill, and had the whole back pocket rip off (cell phone still worked but the screen was cracked). The velcro on the waistband doesn’t work anymore except to get lint stuck in it, and the hip elastic creeps up on me a lot. But I guess they were a decent value as they lasted 2 years, with repairs. I wouldn’t buy them again because I found the waist and hip bands uncomfortable.

  • Mondoman says:

    This review got it right — these are well-fitting shorts! The waistband is one of the few plastic snap-buckle waistbands I’ve seen that is both easily/quickly adjustable and easily made secure by velcroing down the ends. I liked the light but tough outer material, and the shorts haven’t been hurt by the first ten washes.

  • Zachariah says:

    Whatever happened to this company?

    • Gregg Kato says:

      Hey Zachariah, as far as I know, the company ceased operation a few years ago. It’s a shame because their clothes were really good for the price and their owner was a really nice guy, active in his local MTB community, too. Some of their products can still be found online (ebay and BlueSkyCycling) for a really good bargain.

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