Gore C5 All Mountain shorts
The Gore C5 All Mountain shorts have all the features you’d expect of a high-end pair of shorts, as well as some more that you wouldn’t.
The main body fabric is lightweight, but wear hasn’t been an issue, because the seat is reinforced with an abrasion- and water-resistant panel.
Stretch inserts at the back and across the front of the thighs provide extra movement without pulling on the legs of the shorts when you pedal. Not only that, but being mesh they increase airflow too.
It’s hard to accurately describe the difference this type of construction makes – it needs to be tried to be fully appreciated. The waist is high at the back, with a silicone gripper on the inside to ensure it stays firmly in place. What makes it stand out is the generous adjuster tabs, which can be fixed at any angle on the wide waistband for a custom fit.
There are deep, zipped side pockets, along with long, zipped leg vents. These are a small piece of genius because you can open them from the bottom upwards to make extra room to slide the shorts easily over knee pads or keep them closed at the bottom for a slimmer fit and undo the zip from the top to allow the maximum cooling effect.
Everything you need in a pair of shorts, nothing you don’t.