Giro's New Road line of casual and performance bike wear has been trickling into Ec for some testing, and none has impressed as much as the Mobility trouser.
To start, let's be clear; pants are not my highest concern when it comes to cycling. As great as New Road's shorts and casual gear are, 98% of my rides call for skin-tight, full-Euro Spandex. I love it. Ask anyone and they'll tell you that in my opinion, the best days in life start by climbing straight into tight clothes, having breakfast and getting out on the bike.
But a lot of life involves normal civilian clothing, like t-shirts and slacks. New Road lets your civvies serve as comfortable, everyday options for your commute. I tossed on a pair of Mobility pants and have hardly taken them off since, save for Spandex rides and a handful of showers to keep everything fresh.
First, the fit. It's a touch slim, but even if you have a sprinter's build, they are still comfortable and stretch just a touch in the right places. The belt line sits a bit low, which is nice in the saddle. There are some subtle touches to like, including reflective piping on the legs for riding in traffic, a zippered pocket for keys and those pesky things that come out of pockets. It's little stuff, but the details say an awful lot.
The cut is the most important. You can toss a leg over a bike without pinching or binding, and you get a nice clean pedal stroke. Whether you're commuting 1 mile or 15, you need to be comfortable. These pants push that distance where you need a chamois back a few, for sure.
After a few washings, nothing seems to be shrinking or fading. The pants come in three colors, blue, grey and black. The blue is my favorite. It makes people think, "Hey, is he going to work or a party? Those look like they could be party pants."
Stop by to check out a pair at the shop!