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Club Ride Commander Shorts

- published April 2017

86

2017

RATINGS

Fit
6
Style
9
Comfort
7
Features
7
Protection
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

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MSRP
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$99.95
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THE GOOD

  • Great style
  • Nice stretch
  • Great tightening system

THE BAD

  • Prone to plumbers crack
  • Expensive

THE VERDICT

The Club Ride Commander short is long on style, but doesn’t skimp on function either. It’s got five well placed pockets, a nice balanced fit, and is made of an attractive and stretchy fabric. Our only quibbles are a lowish backside and the expense. Paired with their top-of-the-line bib, the setup clocks in at $180.

FULL REVIEW

Fit  
The Commander short features a generous, comfortable fit, though it’s certainly snug enough you won’t snag on the seat upon dismount. It’s cut a tad low in the back, which means it’s prone to plumbers crack, though with the excellent Club Ride Airliner Mesh bib with which we tested them, that’s obviously not a problem. I loved the internal elastic and Velcro tightening system—worked very well.

As an aside, the Airliner Mesh Bib ($79.95) is exceptional. It’s not too snug, but made of stretchy material, isn’t loose either and has great padding for all-day ride comfort.

Style 
A sleek, nicely tailored short that is at home on the streets of Portland as on any trail. The aforementioned Velcro tightening system is hidden internally, but still works exceptionally well. 

Comfort 
The medium weight fabric has plenty of stretch, so there’s little constriction, even pedaling cross country. The more generous cut helps there, too. The fabric is also lighter and more breathable than it looks. I never overheated, even in temps in the 80s.

Features 
Two front hand pockets, two Velcroed cargo pockets, and a zippered hip pocket (perfect for a smartphone),s mean there is plenty of storage for nutrition. Load it up too much and you’ll definitely want to thread a belt into the loops to help out the nifty internal waistband tightening system. 

Protection 
With a 12.5-inch inseam it’s a very protective short, though not so long you won’t want to pedal in it and there is plenty of room in the knees for pads, too. The medium weight, stretchy fabric should hold up well to most crashes.

How We Tested It

The shorts in this test were used while riding on trails around Sedona and Tucson, Arizona as well as Moab, Utah in the fall of 2016. Temperatures ranged from the high 40s to high 70s.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our Best Trail Bikes of 2017 and Best Bike Racks of 2017, along with our bike helmet tests and other bike related gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$99.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit
6
Style
9
Comfort
7
Features
7
Protection
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
86

Weight

16.3 oz

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