Club Ride Pin’It
The Club Ride Pin’It shorts are the best looking shorts in my wardrobe at the moment. They’re navy blue with pin stripes, how cool is that? They’re definitely comfortable and good-looking enough to wear casually, and I have done so on numerous occasions already. But they’re made for cycling, specifically urban cycling, so let’s focus on their on-the-bike performance…
The shell’s main fabric is absolutely ideal for the application. It’s breathable, stretches just a bit, and dries quickly. They’ve got front and rear pockets like you might expect, as well as a zippered pocket on the left thigh that’s perfect for a cell phone. My only qualm with the pockets is that with such light material, I always fear that anything I carry is going to fall out. To that end, I took the liberty of sewing in a Velcro closure on the right rear pocket to make my wallet feel more secure, but I wish the front pockets were a bit more secure for carrying keys and cash.
The cut is slightly tapered and reasonably long—they sport a 13″ inseam. There’s an internal waistband adjustment, as well as good old fashioned belt loops. This is fortunate, because I feel that the shorts run a little big in the waste, so a belt was rather necessary. Club Ride refers to their high waistband in the back as their NoCrackBack™. And of course they have a seamless crotch gusset to help reduce friction.
The Pin’It shorts retail for $80. www.clubrideapparel.com