Club Ride Apparel Pipeline Shorts - Review

Sep 7, 2015
by David Arthur  
Club Ride Apparel

Idaho-based Club Ride Apparel have been making a name for themselves by producing clothing that's packed with technical features, but with the sort of style that means you don’t look out of place when you’re wearing it off the bike, whether in the office after riding to work or going for a burrito after a lunchtime ride.

The Pipeline shorts are constructed from a PowerWeave fabric. It’s lightweight, breathable, very stretchy and is finished with a DWR water-resistance treatment, which is a bonus for riding through inclement weather. The fabric also features UPF 30 sun protection, not so much use here in the UK, but a nice benefit if you ride somewhere predominantly sunny. The shorts have easy-to-use waist adjustment buckles - flip them open, tension to desired amount, and flip closed. To ensure the shorts are comfortable whether worn with or without a padded short liner, the crotch gusset is seamless. The leg openings are reinforced and works well with knee pads, with enough bagginess to not get caught up in the top of the pads. There are also two side vented regular hand pockets, two around the back, and two vented zipped pockets on the side.

The Pipeline shorts are available in six sizes (XS to XXL) and Molten or Raven colors. MSRP: $79.95 USD.


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Good fit backed up with easy to use waist adjusters



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Two zipped pockets are useful, they're vented too





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The waistband is lined with belt loops if you need them



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Secure metal popper button keeps the shorts done up



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAs much as I don't like to admit it, I'm pretty fussy about my riding shorts. I like them baggy, but not too baggy. A good length, comfortably over the knee and compatible with knee pads, is a must. They need to fit well, with plenty of waist adjustment. Pockets are useful, bordering on essential. And I prefer a lightweight material so they feel light, but I also want them to stand up well to plenty of use and the odd crash. Not a lot to ask, but the the Club Ride Apparel Pipeline shorts really do deliver on all fronts.

I've been testing them through the British summer, which means that they've been ridden in all sorts of weather, from hot and dry to wet and cold rides. Through it all the Pipeline shorts have shone. They're really comfortable with an excellent fit, with a good range of adjustment. The fabric is light and feels airy, making them ideal for day-long rides, and while they probably wouldn't be a first choice for more extreme riding with a higher risk of crashing, they have certainly stood up to some rough usage, and a few crashes. The cut is more trail / enduro, rather than cross-country or downhill, with just the right level of bagginess - I'd give them a 7 on the bagginess scale. The addition of the DWR treatment, while it's not going to keep you dry in a downpour, does keep puddle splashes and light misty rain at bay. The styling is low-key compared to some of Club Ride's other shorts, even though the red colour is quite loud, but a more conservative black is available. They look pretty good I reckon, but looks are entirely subjective, so I'll leave you to make up your own mind on that front. - David Arthur


www.clubrideapparel.com


52 Comments

  • 12 0
 I have a pair of CR shorts which are excellent, except for the waist adjusters (same as the ones on these shorts), which constantly come undone, and are generally terrible. Don't know how they got past a single product tester. Big disappointment on an otherwise great pair of shorts.
  • 2 0
 I was going to leave the same comment when I saw the photo of the adjustors. I love the fabric and cut of my CR shorts but they are on the rare end of the rotation due to the waist adjustors always popping open and a belt feeling a bit uncomfortable pressing the adjustors into the waist. Hope they use read these and fix it.
  • 2 0
 Thank you for the input. A great looking short. I was considering them from the review, but feedback on the negatives from other riders is great and saves other riders considering these shorts money. I hope that pinkbike take these comments and feed them back to CR. An update and response from CR would also show good customer support.
  • 1 1
 Might be they have older shorts. I have an older pair of shorts with useless side buckles, but these side buckles look way different from the ones on my CR shorts. I have several CR shirts and one pair of shorts and they have lasted thru several hard crashes and hundreds of washes.
  • 1 0
 Visibly my side snaps look identical and they are only a year or so old. Perhaps functionally these are differnt but don't appear to be so. I also have the button up jersey, absolutely love it and will be getting another. The shorts overall are great aside from the little buckle. I have debated just cutting it out and ruinning a webbing belt instead.
  • 1 0
 I was excited about these shorts till I saw the side adjustment tabs. I have a pair of fuze shorts and they are always coming undone! CR needs to fix this, as otherwise the fit is good.
  • 7 0
 OK, here it is: MOUNTAIN BIKE SHORTS ARE WAY TO EXPENSIVE. If you buy a mountain bike, you can choose anything from a few hundred to 10K plus. Shorts with a chamois? Good luck finding an inexpensive one. Obviously, the latest/greatest should be more expensive, but when I walk into my LBS and nothing is less than $130. That's ridiculous.
  • 3 0
 I agree. Check out zoic, they make some pretty great fitting shorts with a decent chamois that can be found ~$60usd frequently. I have a pair of the ether shorts that are 3 years old and going strong.
  • 1 0
 What's really interesting is that I've met a lot of riders who buy stuff on sale. Anywhere from 30%-50% off and sometimes even more. Close to the end of the season, many shops and online stores sell at low to reasonable prices. The manufacturer's mark-up is just way too high and people are willing to pay.
  • 6 2
 Something I've noticed about CR is that everything they do is terrible, so I really try to avoid things they make. Nothing has ever been such a staple on clearance racks at shops where I've worked. Frankly I'm shocked at the price tag of these, as generally their stuff is severely over priced and very underwhelming durability wise. I shudder to think of the corners that must have been cut to achieve this.
  • 1 0
 You are correct, sir. So overpriced.
  • 1 0
 Yeah,but...POWERWEAVE!!
  • 3 0
 Which products have you tried tinfoil?
  • 3 0
 It can work good on the bike but for shure is one of the uglyest piece of clothes I ever seen on my life. The color os ugly as hell and the shape looks like suburbians grandpapas.
  • 2 0
 I must have zippered pockets (and not made of mesh, Royal - keys and cell phones dont like to get wet) with durable material that my keys wont poke through (you listening Oneal?). I don't need the inner mesh liner because it just catches on the velcro of thw knee pads, gets messed up and the shorts then hang funny. Do these clothing companies even ride bikes or am I out in left field on this one?
  • 2 0
 Agree with all above and will add that shorts this long and baggy get caught on my seat during those steep-and-nasties where you really gotta move around a lot, and have caused many a near-death experience. That might be a tall-guy thing though.
  • 5 0
 Look nice. If only they did not surpass my admittedly cheap-ass $50 limit.
  • 4 0
 $79.75 doesn't seem bad at all, especially compared to some of the stuff we see on PB.
  • 1 0
 Better priced than most shorts, that's for sure. I like the features and styling, if I felt the need to get something lighter than my current shorts I'd definitely consider these
  • 1 0
 They may be a "good price" comparatively speaking, but still more than I am willing to spend for a pair of shorts. Professional dress clothes, sure I will spend more, but I have slacks and shirts that still look close to new after 6+ years of use. If they were $50, I would have already ordered.

Oh screw it, $10 above my "limit", just ordered -- www.backcountry.com/club-ride-apparel-pipeline-short-mens
  • 2 0
 go through activejunky.com and you can save another 12% at backcountry
  • 1 0
 Thanks @LuvAZ, I will definitely use that on future orders (not worth ordering again and either trying to cancel the current order or ship it back for a $6 savings).
  • 3 0
 I don't think $50 is an unreasonable limit at all. I have lots of fancy new bikes but I can't wrap my head around expensive clothes. Then again most of the time at work/out in the world I'm wearing SWAG t-shirts I got for free, so the fact that I pay for my bike clothes at all seems extreme to me.
  • 1 0
 I went over my limit for these. Knowing that there is a no questions asked return policy, if I do not feel they are worth the coin, they will be returned.
  • 5 0
 they look a little flamboyantly salmon or coral in color for my tastes
  • 1 0
 OK for the enduro crowd though
  • 1 0
 i would rather see velcro on the waist adjusters rather than plastic buckles. Too many crashes on hard plastic parts make for nice bruises. Thigh vents good, hand pockets good, dwr good, color... not so good. Looks like they fit a little snug in the seat area, but shorts that are to baggy get snagged on the nose of the saddle. Like the solid double stitching.
  • 1 0
 Well reading this I certainly feel highs and lows, but bottom line to each is own and I accept that.

But.. what I will comment and certainly take 100% of the responsiblity is that the "old" buckles sucked! Yep, I said it, they sucked.. and to be honest with you, I cant recall how they got through testing without being noticed. But bottom line.. they did, but now they are fixed. All Club Ride shorts with the buckle system that are leaving the HQ have new buckles with a positive action that stay shut. So my bad, and yes, I am truly apologetic that this slipped through product development.

So, for the color - Red is not for everyone, so we have black as well, and green.. but black in this and many other styles. And really, no one looks at me weird when I wear them in my office.. or at least they wait till Im not looking.

79 bucks for a pair of shorts with DWR, Stretch fabric, gusset, side zippers, storage pockets, reflective - too much? Consisider the cross functionality of these shorts and all of our clothing. The development process starts with the question: Does it work on the bike, then Does it work off the bike. So for 79 you get a short that you can put on for your lifes Ride and your bike ride. We build clothing this way, its our belief and our core philosophy.

But, sure you can find another pair cheaper somewhere. You could also find a pair more expensive., - Basically what I am saying, is that we feel their cool shorts and at a reasonable price with BETTER BUCKLES. The fit is good, the crotch is snug-ish up against your goodies so IT DOESNT CATCH on the saddle when your movin around.. I can wear them when I mow the lawn, grab some coffee or when I ride 40 miles in the Idaho wilderness. Try them at your LBS for yourself. Anyway, thats our 2 cents worth.. Hope it helps we are listening and Thanks for the review David!!

Sincerely, Mike
Club Ride Founder
  • 1 0
 I like CR, have been using their cargo shorts for a few years, and they look good, feel good, are light and stretchy, perfect for tropical climate. The inner chamois is not so good, but is also light enough for hot weather.
  • 1 0
 Double stitched everything and cheaper than FOX shorts. I'm sold! However, rear pockets could use flap or zipper to keep my wallet in. Still, buying these shorts on next pay though!
  • 1 0
 Are the 3/4 (over the knee) or normal length mtb shorts? They look like a good buy.
  • 1 0
 3/4 buddy over the knee
  • 1 0
 These look like great value, thanks for the heads-up
  • 1 0
 Anytime, I've crashed in mine plenty of times (on rock) and they've held up. Quite a lightweight fabric also. Let me know how you get on
  • 1 0
 Cheers mate. Have you found the sizing chart accurate or is it off in any direction?
  • 1 0
 Seriously I think it's bang on, 34"-36" take a large, 32-34" take a med
  • 1 0
 Thanks a lot, I'll measure myself when I get home just to make sure and might order a pair.
  • 1 0
 Got the delivery, went for a ride wearing the Tenn shorts yesterday. Love them! Went for an S being a skinny dude and it was a good choice. They look good, sit perfectly over the knee pads, the pockets are good. Might be a bit warm on hot summer days, but the material looks really tough, which is good. Thanks again @sewer-rat, for £20 these are a steal Smile
  • 1 0
 Any time buddy
  • 2 0
 I want to know what office you can show up to in Fuscia colored shorts & not get odd looks.
  • 1 0
 Agreed !
  • 2 0
 Look like old jean shorts to me... and rear pockets ?
  • 1 0
 SPF 30 on shorts with no nappy? For only 80$ Eeek!
  • 1 0
 baggy shorts for riding and skinny jeans when not ok I got it?
  • 1 0
 SPF 30? wtf? don't all clothes offer sun protection
  • 1 0
 Assman shot.
  • 2 4
 They look very transgender
  • 4 0
 Kkkkkkkkkkk thats was nice. A transgender grandpapas
  • 1 0
 metrosexual is the word you're looking for
  • 1 0
 I most certainly am not.

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