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Mission Workshop Stahl Short

1-shorts-360x360 Mission Workshop has earned a reputation for top-quality bags and clothing — the Trigger riding jacket I reviewed last year is one of the finest pieces of clothing I’ve ever worn. And their other pieces I’ve used are equally impressive in form and function. Enter the Stahl short, part of their Indian Summer Riding Kit. The $135 shorts are made in California using 4-way stretch USA-made fabric with a raised back section for riding and a side utility pocket (along with the usual pair of back and hand pockets) to hold a phone or other must-have small items. Expensive, yes. Top quality, USA sourced goods comes at a price.

7 Comments

  1. chrisAugust 8, 2013 at 3:00 am

    $135. For a pair of shorts.

    I hate this brand. With a passion. I don’t care where they are made. That’s absurd.

  2. BrianVanAugust 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Chris, you’ll pay over $100 for shorts at a high-end retailer too. Or you’ll eat up many $30 pairs of shorts straight through the crotches, even though none of them have any technical or utility features (and they’re probably pulling/snug when riding). If these are durable, it’s worth it.

  3. JoeyAugust 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’ve been turning my old trousers/jeans to cut offs for years to use when I commute on my bicycle (50km roundtrip). Not only am I being “green” by riding my bicycle everyday to work, I’m also doing double “green” duty by recycling/reusing my clothes.

    I’m probably not the demographic for MW, Club Ride, Chrome or any of the other “urban cycling” vendors ads on the right side of the site simply because of the high price.

    Makes these shorts $14.99 and the shirt 6.99 then you got something for the masses of cyclist out there that use their bicycle daily.

    But then again, I’ve read that cycling is the new golf…

  4. SeaGAugust 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Joey,

    I’ll pay more to make sure that 12 year olds aren’t working 14 hour shifts so that I can feel a smug superiority about how cheap my clothing is.

    I finally moved to a MW messanger bag this year and it is so much better in so many ways and it just make bike commuting nicer.

    Now I am not the bike shorts and jersey type but your are paying money for a quality product here that is made by adults receiving a living wage.

    Not by children who are routinely slapped and beaten and forced to work 7 days a week for as little as 6 ½ cents an hour.

    You have no room to claim the moral high ground here.

  5. JoeyAugust 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Hi SeaG,

    Not sure where you gathered that I was claiming the moral high ground in my post. Nor I’m not sure you gathered that the clothing I purchase are put together by children who are routinely slapped and beaten and forced to work 7 days a week for as little as 6 ½ cents an hour.

    In my post I stated I turned my old trousers/jeans into cut offs. This is what I use to ride my bicycle. The quotes of “green” or “cycling is the new golf” was too be taken in tongue and cheek fashion. I am sorry you either overlooked that or misinterpreted to mean otherwise.

    Additionally, I also stated in my post that I am not the demographic for these type of clothing. I don’t make enough to afford any type of clothing that cost this much.

    Based on my current income, if I were to purchase the above pair of shorts, I would either be short on rent at the start of the month or be short on food money for my family (wife and 2 kids).

    I ride a bicycle because it is an affordable means of transportation for me that allows me to pay for food and shelter.

    This is why I made the comment of pricing, as I believe there is a market for more affordable cycling apparel.

  6. SeaGAugust 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Joey,

    Here is what I was responding to.

    “Makes these shorts $14.99 and the shirt 6.99 then you got something for the masses of cyclist out there that use their bicycle daily.

    The products that are in this price range in the jeans market are produce with forced and child labor. I highly encourage you to research this if you are not aware of the issues. Companies like MW and Levi’s who make an effort to use suppliers who have ethical practices are unable to sell at that price point.

  7. JasonAugust 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Stores like Target and Walmart already sell inexpensive polyester tops that work well on the bike. They’re able to sell them for dirt cheap because they make a ton of them.

    Companies like Mission Work Shop have to pay quite a bit more for their materials, and since they produce items like this in fairly small runs, have to charge more to make a decent margin and stay in business. The shorts are definitely more expensive, and not everyone can justify paying this premium, but compared to high end mountain bike shorts the price isn’t that far out of line.

    If you can’t afford it, stick with Dickies. You’ll blow through the crotch on a few, but you can repair them or buy a few more pairs.

    Why not get these if you can afford it? They look great, will hold up, and you’re supporting a small, San Francisco based business, that have local employees, and not the Walmart family that use overseas labor.

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