Gore Bike Wear Freeride IV Shorts

They Say – Robust MTB shorts: Offer maximum protection and ventilation for all serious off-road cyclists. Removable inner tights with elastic seat insert. Comfort fit. Stretch inserts for optimum freedom of movement. Frictionless inner material for better freedom of movement. Abrasion resistant material at inside leg and saddle area. Inseam length 12.2 inches. Partly elastic waistband with Velcro closure and draw cord to adjust width. Front zip, button placket. 1 side zip pocket, zip pocket on back. Side mesh inserts for ventilation, adjustable with zip. Removable inner shorts with elastic seat padding. Advanced – man’s seat pad. Less chafing due to elastic insert. Inner pants with gripper elastic at hem. Reflective piping on back. Reflective logo on side.


We Say -When the shorts arrived they felt very high quality, looked functional and very technical. The Bermuda knee length design looked good with attractive black and white styling. I’m a 36” waist and the large size fit me perfectly.

The cut is excellent with no excess fabric to flap around and it has clever stretchy panels with a hardwearing seat fabric. The internal short has a great seat insert, which is reinforced for daylong rides, and the rest of the inner has high venting fine mesh fabric.

The outer has good chunky durable zips with a small storage pocket on the side and a handy keys and coins pocket on the back. Four mesh vent panels on the front – two coarse zippable and two fine. There are lots of waist securement and adjustment – zip and Velcro popper draw cord waist hem and Velcro hip adjusters. It has nice and discreet reflective logos and piping on the front and back.

On the mountain bike I only noticed a slight difference in cooling action with the zip leg vents open but they would probably work well on extra hot days. It did feel a little weird not having side pockets for my hands once off the bike but I did not miss them while riding as it kept bulky stuff out of uncomfortable places. It shows these shorts are aimed at serious high performance riders.

They have a separate internal short, which is handy if the outer is clean as it saves on washing and therefore lengthens the life of the outer short. The dainty red ribbons with little poppers to hold the inners to the outers did not look like they would last the test and they didn’t, breaking after only the third ride, which suggests it is a bit unnecessary or it needs stronger poppers.

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In Summary – Initially I thought a hundred quid was over the top for a pair of shorts but you can really see where the money has gone on these, research and development, they are VERY technical and the high quality separate internal short helps justify the price. I really found it hard to find fault with them making them almost perfect, but I did miss not having the side pockets.

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