Although styled like heavier weight mountain bike shorts, these Freeride Ladies from Gore are both stretchy and surprisingly soft.
The panels at the top of the thighs are littered with little slots in the material that aid cooling. And it’s the kind of cooling you can really feel when you’re riding, especially if you stand up on the pedals on a downhill section, where it can get alarmingly breezy.
The press-stud and Velcro front fastening works well, and there are two Velcro adjusters on either side of the shorts that don’t snag and perform admirably too. Three zipped vents, three pockets, and a soft material lining on the leg hems ﬁnish off this wonderful pair of baggies.