Review: Gravity Anomaly LongHaul shorts

Apparel

Impressions

The shorts have a 24.5″ outseam, which makes them hit just below the knee, providing enough room to accommodate knee pads and armor of any size. They work great when wearing armor and the extra length and hem easily slides over them. Unfortunately, I found that long pedal sessions when not wearing armor were slightly annoying, as they would subtlety catch on your knee and the lack of a satin hem lining exacerbated the issue. I personally liked the long cut, baggy fit and wide knee opening, as I found it made them comfortable and easy to wear, and they were fine as a mountain biking short and a stylish piece of apparel, though I must admit the butt patch was a bit odd.

The long cut and heavy materials work really well in off season riding, and I found them great in Spring and Fall weather, and excellent in the Winter. The lack of adequate ventilation and the use of the heavy and thick fabric made them a bit warm in the brunt of summer, especially for long days in the saddle. The full mesh inner liner did help dissipates moisture, and made the short more comfortable. The shorts don’t come with a padded chamois, so I ended up always using a third party vendor’s chamois for additional comfort.

The shorts have a plethora of pockets, and they were all quite large, making it really nice and easy to toss things into any of them, though I would have liked a least one zippered one for additional security for valuable items. The softly padded waist system was comfortable, and it was simple and easy to adjust the width using the D-ring Velcro strap closures. I could easily make small and large alterations in the waist length, and they stayed securely in positions, making for a great functional system.

Their use of heavy materials and stitching made for a bombproof and almost overbuilt pair of shorts, and except for a couple of pilling spots on the butt patch, which is a high wear zone, they haven’t shown any real signs of abuse. It was nice to be able to sit down on the ground and not worry about tearing your shorts or having a rock or stick cause any sort of damage.

Bottom Line

I found the shorts comfortable for wearing and riding, though for long pedal sessions, they work better with armor, preferably a soft version. I really liked the long and baggy cut and wide leg openings, all of which provided a pleasant fit. The design, material selection, stitching and bar tacking make for a very durable pair of shorts, and over a long period of use, they haven’t shown any significant signs of wear. Due to the heavier materials and lack of adequate ventilation, they can get toasty in hot weather, and the shorts seem best suited for shuttle runs and non-summer usage, though I did use them in the brunt of the heat without ill effects. They have some great features, including a very functional adjustable waist band system, six pockets, and a full mesh liner.

The Gravity Anomaly LongHaul shorts are comfortable, durable and have a baggy and long cut, which works well when wearing armor. The American produced short (using imported fabrics) is well-made and highly crafted, uses good designs, materials and stitching, and the excellent waist adjustment system is a highlight in this fully featured piece of apparel.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Well made
  • Excellent and easy to use waist adjustment system
  • Great cool weather short – fall/winter/spring
  • Excellent with knee armor
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Needs a zippered cargo or security pocket
  • Warm in hot weather
  • Long length and wide leg opening makes extensive pedaling sessions annoying if not wearing armor
  • No included chamois

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

For more information visit: https://www.gravityanomaly.com/.


About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, 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 articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.


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  • Julie says:

    I have these! The review is pretty spot on. I love them. They instantly change your look from dorky XC spandy-spinner to steezy Enduro pro. They have velcro cinchers on the sides to cinch them tight, or expand with your beer gut.

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