Ambassador Review: Haskell Shorts vs Denim Jorts

by Katherine Ehrlichman

Written by Kitsbow Ambassador, Curtis Hall

There’s a certain & specific joy that stems from what I like to call Type 2 gear.

This, much like Type 2 Fun, is gear definitely not intended or ideal for a specific adventure (or any adventure in some cases) but adds to the lasting satisfaction of it.

Keeping up with roadies on my steel single speed…

Hiking the Appalachian train in huarache style sandals…

Taking my gravel bike on XC trails…

Opting for jorts on epic rides while my fancy bibs hang there wondering what’s wrong with me…

Every crank simultaneously reminds how ill suited they are for riding and how rad I am for riding in them. Maybe I’m slightly masochistic, maybe I’m nostalgic for my childhood of riding 2nd hand bmx bikes down some way too gnarly stuff in cut offs, or maybe a picture of my dad in the 70s wearing only jorts & aviators leaning against his blue TransAm with a silver firebird on the hood so defined my concept of cool I’m still trying to live up to it…

Regardless, there's an unquantifiable satisfaction from jorts that even the best cycling kit doesn’t quite hit.


So, can you have it both ways? Gear so well designed that it disappears, letting you fully focus on the adventure at hand yet still carries with it the “just get out and ride” spirit of days pre-dating strava and power meters?

This was Kitsbow’s goal with the Haskell short, their do-it-all short designed to be equally at home on epic mile days and hanging out at the brewery after. 

So did they succeed?

The first thing I noticed was the material. It feels less like your standard stretchy tech material and more like if carhart was stretchy, broken in right out of the box & taylored for adventure! Definitely stouter than other shorts I ride in, without feeling bulky or too hot. 

Second was the fit. So often do-it-all riding gear feels great in the saddle, but weird on foot or vise versa. Walking & riding are 2 very different positions so designing something to work equally well in both contexts is quite the feat. With the Haskells, Kitsbow nailed it! There’s no uncomfortable pulling, pinching or binding while riding, and even in the drops they all but disappear into the adventure at hand. Out of the saddle, they look & feel like a well made casual short! No weird bunching or what not. More than once I’ve gone on a 20-30 mile ride in them, changed my shirt for dinner out, then biked in them to coffee the next morning. 


And finally, the details. The little things can make or break a piece of gear. Everything from the cut of the pockets, making phone and snack access while pedaling hassle free, to the big glove friendly zipper pull, the angled rear pockets, and reflective hits make it obvious they were designed by riders. Though my favorite design detail has to the secondary right side pocket that perfectly fits my favorite bike multi tool!


Will I still ride in jorts? Heck yeah! Sometimes you just wanna feel every mile & ride stupidly steep climbs on that single speed until your legs lock up…


But for the times I want Type 2 vibes riding in Type 1 comfort, it will be hard to not reach for my Haskells, unless of course, I’m already wearing them ;)