Kitsbow Ventilated V2 Short - Men's
Tailored to perfection...well, as close as it gets.
We're guessing you're well acquainted to the finely tuned, expertly designed apparel that Kitsbow creates for the most discerning trail riders among us. In case you're not, we'll give you a brief rundown on why Kitsbow makes some of the best trail riding apparel that money can buy. In this instance, we're looking at the Kitsbow A/M Ventilated Short, which fuses a four-way stretch softshell fabric with a tailored profile that follows your body without restricting motion.
Standing for all-mountain, the A/M Ventilated Short is ready for a mixture of long climbs, followed by rowdy descents spanning thousands of vertical feet. Inset mesh ventilation along the rear yoke maximizes airflow on those stifling-hot summer rides where you'd previously sweat. It's definitely a bit more tailored and shorter than what you're probably used to for all-mountain and aggressive trail riding. However, you'll find the four-way softshell fabric and knee bend breaks allow you to pedal without restriction and dodge trail obstacles like it's second nature. In fact, you'll probably wonder why you previously wore overly baggy, sloppy fitting shorts in the first place.
Kitsbow didn't stop there with the attention to detail. Looking at the waistband, you'll see it's articulated for a better fit in the saddle with its lowered sides and raised rear profile. The built-in belt features a simplified alloy hook that secures in place to prevent the shorts from sagging on descents or riding up while you're pedaling. For the fly construction, Kitsbow eliminated the previous snap and replaced it with a reliable auto-locking zipper with an inner snap that's sized to stay in place, but without digging into your stomach.
- Premium shorts for all-mountain and aggressive trail riding
- Tailored fit follows body closely without restricting motion
- Four-way stretch softshell conforms to your every movement
- Softshell fabric actively breathes to prevent overheating
- Mesh ventilation panel at rear yoke for cooling airflow
- Built-in belt with alloy hook for a secure, slip-free fit
- Articulated waistband with recessed sides, higher rear
- Zippered side pockets lend a secure place for essentials
- Item #KIT0024
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
In my opinion, Kitsbow makes some of the best shorts out there. Fabric selection is fantastic and the cuts are well thought out and you never look frumpy wearing their stuff. These shorts are no different. Seem pretty lightweight too. I have their previous version of ventilated shorts and the increased waist adjustment is a huge improvement - but still falls a bit short some how.
I personally struggle with sizing in almost everything bike specific as it seems as though I have larger thighs for my waist size than most. For example - I wear a Large in the coleman valley bib or their short liner. Yet - I wear a medium in these shorts. For reference - I'm 5'10, 175 lbs. If I use a real tape measure to measure my waist - I'm right around 35" .
And this is where a weakness shows up- though much improved over previous generation because of the increased adjust-ability. In addition to this, I own 3 other Kitsbow versions of kitsbow shorts and they all feel great when you first put them on - and waist adjustment seems fine. But spend some time in them working hard and sweating and I have to start cinching them in. This pair of shorts has the same issue and I've worn them at least twice a week since buying. It is most annoying when on a big climb and the shorts start to ride down your waist. When commuting, I'll stop at an intersection and cinch the waist down while pulling them up as well. Over time, they seem to still loosen. I've even resorted to tying the end of belt off so that it can't loosen further.
To be fair - almost all shorts seem to ride down on me while on a big climb. Yet, there is absolutely zero provision to attach this or any of my Kitsbow shorts to a liner short to help mitigate this tendency. If kitsbow did something like sugoi does with the rsx system with ladders loops on a bib liner that tie the back of the shorts into a bib - I'd have no problem paying full price for any kistbow short they make - and I'd wear them till threadbare. Even without that feature - I will still wear them till threadbare...they feel so good except for that one nit of riding down.