Gore cycling shorts for riders who prefer mountain biking
Until now I have always worn tight-fit Lycra cycling shorts. These are the type most commonly worn by road cyclists. But then I was sent a Planet X On One 29er mountain bike to test. Somehow the stretchy shorts didnâ€™t look so good on a mountain bike.
So I tried my first pair of loose-fit MTB shorts, Gore Path Lady shorts. I had always imagined these would be a lower grade to road cycling shorts and mostly just for the guys.
I stand corrected. The Gore Path shorts have great padding, a lovely fit and they give me the kind of look that goes with off-road cycling. (It doesnâ€™t really matter what you wear, to be honest,Â and you should not be put off going mountain biking in tight-fitting cycle shorts but if you want to look the partâ€¦).
I have long been a fan of Gore cycling kit. It is well-made, cleverly designed for both men and women and comes in a great range of colours.
The Gore Path shorts have a fairly â€œneat loose fitâ€ so they are not so baggy that they become caught up in the bike seat or components. Yet they are loose enough to feel ultra comfy when getting on and off the bike and riding about. I also like these shorts for wearing to places where you might not be so keen to be seen in tight fitting Lycra (for example, into town!)
The padded insert feels a bit odd to start with. Because it fits, with Velcro, to the inner crotch of the shorts it feels quite low down when walking about. However, as soon as you sit on a bike it fits neatly into place and offers great padding.
The waistband sits nicely around the lower waist while the side slits on the legs allow for good freedom of movement. The shorts sit above the knee when standing up and around halfway along the thigh when riding, which is just about perfect.
And the colour range is fantastic, including turquoise, bright pink, black, grey and red.
Just a wee note: If you thought you could wear the shorts without the pad insert you would be wrong. I tried this but found that the Velcro snagged the skin of my legs.
I sorted this by wearing a pair of long Lycra running shorts underneath so the shorts have a greater variety of uses. I like the look of the shorts so much that I have been wearing them as general outdoors shorts.
The additional front pockets, concealed back zip pocket and reflective piping on sides add to the overall look and practicality of the Gore Path shorts.
Gore Path Lady shorts Â£59.99
For the guys, thereâ€™s the similar but slightly more expensive Gore Plaster Ultra shorts at Â£69.99.