Flourescent zippers help make the Warpath stand out, and the venting helps keep things cool when the temperatures climb. The fit adjustment would work better if it were relocated to the other side of the shorts.
|The flourescent highlights of the Warpath, seemingly inspired by rave apparel from the early 2000s, certainly make these shorts stand out, which will be a plus for some riders, but those who prefer a more subdued color pallette will want to steer towards the black and grey option. As far as fit goes, the cuff of the shorts fell just below my knee, and the crotch is high enough that the shorts never hung up on the saddle. There's also enough room to allow them to sit over most knee pads without interfering with pedaling. It's been a hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest, giving me plenty of chance to try out the Warpath's ventilation while melting under the blazing sun. The front zippers do help to channel more air in and around the legs, and the large zipper pulls are easy to reach and operate while pedaling, although the inner mesh material can get jammed up in the zipper if you're not careful. It's typically hit or miss when a company includes an inner chamois liner with their shorts, and there are plenty of them out there that make it feel like you're wearing a diaper made from cardboard, but I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort of the liner short included with the Warpath. Of course, the fit of a chamois is about as personal as it gets, but I didn't have any issues or complaints about this one. |
One area that could use some refinement is the velcro waist adjustment. It's currently located on the left side, just above the zippered cell phone pocket. When the strap is cinched down to adjust the fit of the shorts, it causes the fabric around the cell phone pocket to bunch up and bulge out. It's not noticeable when riding, but the look of the shorts would be improved if this was altered, or if the adjustment were moved to the other side of the shorts. So far there haven't been any blown seams or tears, and the fabric has resisted abrasion well, even after a long ride through miles of extra gritty mud. The Warpath does needs some fine tuning to truly be a top tier product, but that shouldn't knock it entirely out of contention as a viable option for a do-it-all riding short. - Mike Kazimer
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