The Haskell Short introduced not just a riding short that looked good off the bike, but a distinctive silhouette and comfortable fit, helping us look good in any situation. Bonus points that we can jump on two wheels and cross town with ease. Now we have the same thing in a stylish pant.
Rugged style, great feel, and easy drape. Definitely not a khaki chino or a “mountain pant”, but a stylish pant that pairs well with all of your Kitsbow shirts and tops, or a Kitsbow Icon.
Like the Haskell Short, there are 6 pockets, belt loops for an optional belt, and reflective hits should you find yourself out riding at night.
On December 3 I traveled to Colombia for a year long cycle trip through South America. I brought these pants as my only pair, so they had a daunting task ahead of them. First the good: I used them pretty much daily for the last five months and they have held together well. No tears, no issues with manufacturing that had all been fine. My main issues with the pants is they are quite baggy, not very flattering on me and really, they looked like every other travel pant that you can get at the mall. the second issue is they are heavy. They weight in at 582g for the size 31 on my scale, which is 200g heavier than other similar style pants. For most this might not be an issue, but for someone traveling by bicycle, every gram counts (especially in the Andes). I wanted to love these pants, but for me it was hard to get past these two issues. I've since ditched these pants in favor of some pants I picked up in a mall in Ecuador.
I have purchase quite a bit of Kitsbow stuff, but when something doesn’t fit, I can’t lie. I purchased these pants after being totally satisfied with their jeans. I picked the same size I did in jean (and normally do in all my pants), a 31/32. First pair came and fit was very similar, until I buttoned them up. They were super tight and pulled at button. The blue strip of fabric in the waist also chaffed. I do know that some Kitsbow stuff loosens as you wear it and almost all my shorts from them I’ve sized down from a M to S as I hate it when things get too loose, especially when riding. I wore the pants for about an hour and couldn’t get comfortable. They still pulled badly in the fly too. So back they went for a 32/32. They came, the fit was looser in legs (which was to be expected, but I would have preferred more fitted of the 31 in the legs), but what was the most surprising was the waist band was just as tight. Fly still pulled funny. Really too bad because they look great online and I love the fit of my drifter jeans. If this gets remedied, please let me know, Kitsbow and I’m happy to see if third times a charm. I do appreciate Kitsbow no hassle return policy.
Just purchased second pair. As a full time traveler, I am carrying these two pairs as my only pants while spending months on the road. They always look great, wash and dry in a breeze, and the mix of pockets suit my on the go style.
Tried the paints out for the first time last weekend riding Prewitt Ridge DH in Big Sur. They were amazing. The material is thick enough to be warm, but ventilated so you don’t get hot. I like the slim fit and the elastic feel of the pants. They kept the poison oak and ticks off my legs!
The website does not do justice to these pants. From the fabric to all fo the features, these are simply an amazing product. Perfect amount of stretch for commuting on the bike and other activities. I can’t recommend these enough. Only problem is now I want a second pair in another colorway.