I didn’t doubt for one minute that Gore’s C5 trail shorts would be an excellent fit and well thought out. Gore clothing just is, and the C5s don’t disappoint.
With a light, stretchy fabric and length that saw them just on my knee, they are definitely aimed at more of a cross-country market, but that is a role they fulfil with typical class.
Yes, with that light four-way stretch fabric I wouldn’t want to take too many spills on them, and they don’t really have the cut for pads, but for general all-day trail cranking they were perfect.
Casual looks and colourways meant they could easily be worn either riding or into the pub without shouting ‘bike’ to everyone in the vicinity too.
But it was on long days out on the move they really shone, with the ultimate compliment being I largely forgot they were on. This was mostly down to the light and stretchy fabric, but the neat styling was also a factor.
The cut is close, but not too close, so they don’t flap or catch anywhere they shouldn’t, and waist adjustment has both external Velcro adjusters and a healthily strong elastic on the tall waistband to draw them in for a snug fit.
Double poppers and a zip fly finish the waist off securely, while a smattering of laser-cut vent holes help encourage airflow a little inside the thighs.
They have some good, if a little shallow, zipped hip pockets and a useful zipped thigh pocket. Being mesh lined they could also double as ventilators – albeit the thigh pocket is on one leg only.
Although light and simply styled, these are a very effective shorts for long days in the saddle where you don’t want to be pumping heavy legs up and down each pedal stroke. A few pockets and effective waist fastening is all you need, and as a result they carry out their job in style.