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Club Ride Joy Ride

- published August 2016

80

2016

RATINGS

Fit/Style
7
Features
5
Durability
6
Protection
6
Comfort
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
80

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THE GOOD

  • Comfortable
  • Tailored fit
  • Leg coverage
  • No bulk

THE BAD

  • Pockets lack functionality
  • Not kneepad friendly

THE VERDICT

The Club Ride Joy Ride shorts are made with a lightweight, stretchy fabric that is comfortable and does not restrict range of motion. The long inseam length of sixteen inches will provide good leg coverage in a crash and the high-rise rear waistband offers great lower back coverage. However the tailored leg openings make them challenging to wear with kneepads.  

FULL REVIEW

FIT/STYLE
The Club Ride Joy Ride shorts run true to size. They are made in the style of an urban cycling knicker but with the ability to accommodate more aggressive cross-country riding. 

They are made with a lightweight stretchy Nylon-blend fabric that is neither baggy nor bunchy and allows for a good range of mobility. The inseam of our tester’s size small is sixteen inches in length and hits at the base of the knee. The tapered legs are not kneepad compatible. 

FEATURES
Constructed with PowerWeave™, a lightweight, 2-way stretch nylon blend fabric, the Club Ride Joy Ride shorts have a very flattering and tailored fit while still delivering unrestricted range of motion. 

Pocket number and placement are good but lack true functionality. The Club Ride Joy Ride shorts come with one small zippered mesh-lined pocket on the lower thigh that is ideal for carrying a house or car key only. Additionally, there are two mesh-lined front hip pockets and two secured zippered pockets on the rear. However, because the Club Ride Joy Ride shorts are so fitted, carrying items in the rear pockets that are larger than an MP3 player becomes very obvious. 

The zipper pulls on the two rear pockets are glove-friendly and did hold our tester’s smartphone and MP3 player. A small loop of elastic above the left rear pocket serves as a keep for a headphone cord to guide it out of the way when riding. 

The Club Ride Joy Ride shorts have a wide and comfortable waistband with an internal elastic band for adjustability. The high rise in the back provided good back coverage. Two snap buttons and a zipper fly allow the shorts to sit perfectly flat at the abdomen without any bulges or fabric bunching. 

Although the Club Ride Joy Ride shorts do not come with an integrated chamois, our tester found that they accommodated all chamois worn during testing. 

For night riding in an urban setting, RideLight™ reflective accents will help the cyclist’s visibility.

DURABILITY 
The Club Ride Joy Ride shorts PowerWeave™ fabric, is not the most abrasion-resistance. The double stitching is straight with midweight thread. 

PROTECTION 
The lightweight, stretchy fabric and the sixteen-inch inseam of the Club Ride Joy Ride shorts lends itself to good protection during low-impact crashes. However the tapered legs have a narrower opening, even with the scalloping, that they make kneepads very challenging to wear. 

COMFORT 
The Club Ride Joy Ride shorts worked very well in all disciplines of cycling from urban commuting, long road and gravel rides and cross country riding. Though the fit is very precise and tailored and has zero bulk, they still allow for full range of pedaling motion and did not prohibit or restrict movement in any way.

Comfort is enhanced by the low-rise waistband in the front to accommodate the natural position of the cyclist’s abdomen in aggressive riding positions and is cut higher in the back to provide decent lower back coverage. Additionally, the back is reinforced with a heavier fabric to provide just enough structure to keep it in place.  

However a lack of thigh vents prevented optimal breathability during long rides on hot and humid days. 

How We Tested It

The shorts in this test were used for four weeks on asphalt, gravel, singletrack in and around Minnesota on days with temperatures ranging from the low forties to the mid-nineties and on distances that ranged from six miles to fifty-six.

For more reviews beyond this 2016 test check out our mountain biking shoe tests, mountain bike tests, and other related bike 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

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner who covers our cycling accessories categories.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$89.00
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/Style
7
Features
5
Durability
6
Protection
6
Comfort
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
80

Specs

  • Weight verified?: Yes

Weight

7.55 oz

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