Pinkbike Product Picks

Mar 20, 2014
by Jordan Carr  
Giro Chamber shoes

Giro's Chamber shoe has been designed as a gravity specific, SPD compatible model with more of an obvious skate inspired look than some other options out there. With many of the same features of a top level SPD shoe, minus the moon boot look, the Chamber combines a solid, stiff lower with a comfortable, snug fitting upper, all finished off with a dual density Vibram sole for traction. A foot retention system - Giro describes it as being an ''internal booty'' - helps to keep the shoes snug on your feet, while a Velcro strap over top of its laces allows for easy fit adjustments. The roomy toe box is lightly reinforced for protection, and an EVA insole adds a nice level of cushion. Available in black or white. Weight: 536 grams (size 42). MSRP: $140.00 USD www.giro.com

Our white coloured test shoes didn't stay white for long, but they still looked good. The dual-density Vibram rubber offers specific rubber where its needed most for pedal and terrain traction.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAfter spending a significant amount of time on XC style shoes, mainly for performance and comfort reasons, we were excited to give the Chambers a go. We bolted on a set of Shimano cleats, and spent the large majority of the test period using the shoes with both traditional SPD pedals and the larger Trail models, with both combinations not giving us any issues. Despite its casual, skate style looks, the Chambers have a snug but comfortable fit that didn't allow our feet to shift inside of them, something that can't be said of true skate shoes. This is obviously going to vary depending on the width of your feet, but the Chambers seem to strike a good middle ground on this point. They felt a touch heavy for all-day epics, but we can't dock them points for that as they are intended to be used as a gravity shoe, and the sticky Vibram sole was appreciated any time we had to hike-a-bike up some sketchy line. Their shank isn't as stiff as a true XC shoe - it wasn't designed to be - so those portages were a bit more comfortable and heel-lift was less of an issue as the Chambers can bend slightly with your foot. After much time with them in the field we'd have to say that although Giro markets the Chamber as being a DH shoe, they perform equally as well under riders who are looking for something casual but still efficient and functional. - Jordan Carr




Gravity Anomaly Longhaul short

Colorado-based Gravity Anomaly is a rider-driven company the pulls design inspiration from old school American clothing and work-wear brands. Offering U.S. sewn shorts, jerseys and other apparel, Gravity Anomaly also tries to source fabrics domestically whenever possible. Designed around All-Mountain and Enduro riding, the Longhaul short features a 24.5″ outseam that sits just below the knees and fits easily fit over knee pads, and is constructed using military grade nylon outer with heavier nylon on the knees and seat for added durability. Internally, a polyester mesh liner is used for added breathability and comfort, while a shortened and gusseted crotch allows for easy maneuverability on the saddle. Low profile cargo side pockets and Velcro closed back pockets offer easily accessible storage, and a front closure with double snaps provides a secure fit. The waist is easily adjustable utilizing exterior Velcro waist adjustment system. All Gravity Anomaly clothing comes with a lifetime guarantee that covers construction and hardware. You can find Gravity Anomaly products on their website. The Longhaul short is available in olive and grey, and sizes small - extra large. MSRP: $85 USD. www.gravityanomaly.com

(clockwise) Velcro waist straps allow for easy micro fit adjustments. Low profile, single snap cargo pockets provide an easily accessed stash location. A heavier duty nylon provides added durability on knees and seat. The 24.5" outseam Longhaul sits low on the knee, but the rest of the short is tailored nicely and was never an issue.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWith so many brands manufacturing their clothing overseas, we appreciate one that is manufacturing reasonably priced products on-shore, and it's easily apparent that Gravity Anomaly is focused on quality. The long fitting Longhaul short sits very low on the knee while providing a surprisingly comfortable fit, and although we are not usually fans of overly long, baggy shorts, we found them to be nicely tailored and functional. A simple, utilitarian aesthetic gives the shorts a nice touch in a market filled with neon and large logos. We did find the shorts to be a bit heavy in really warm weather, though, but they were comfortable on most 70 degree days. Well placed pockets at first seemed to be a bit overkill, but we found ourselves using most pockets quite regularly. Riders looking for a bomber pair of longer shorts with a nicely tailored fit will really appreciate the these, but those who are making the transition from lycra to baggies may find them to be a bit excessive. - Jordan Carr




Kali Hasta gloves

Offering an array of protective gear that has you covered for everything from mountain biking to motocross to snow, Kali has created quite a buzz around many of their recent products.Their Hasta glove features a lightweight microfiber palm to provide a nice minimalist feel between the rider's hands and grips, and silicon fingertip prints give a bit of enhanced grip on brake levers. As found on most gloves out there, an absorbent thumb wipe makes wiping sweat or snot from your face quick and effective, while the breathable upper material wicks moisture from sweaty hands. Flex zones at knuckles allow for articulation despite the durable finger fabric. Available in black or grey/white, and sizes small - large. MSRP: $25 USD www.kaliprotectives.com

With a minimalist palm, low profile cut, and durable materials, the Hasta glove fits well and offers great protection on the trail.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesAfter spending some time in the Hasta glove we really appreciated Kali's attention to detail. The glove offers a great fit and more true to fit sizing than most gloves, meaning average hands fit a medium. We enjoyed the gloves minimalist fit and found them a bit more durable than other minimalist options on the market. On the bike, the knuckle protection added a nice touch when blasting through overgrown trails, although we could have used a bit more at times - these aren't the gloves if you're looking for a lot of protection. Velcro wrist closure was comfortable without being overly snug, and they stayed closed through any situation or climate. The silicon finger tips worked well with smartphones, something the Strava and Instagram addicts will appreciate. At $25 USD, the Kali Hasta glove is a nice minimalist option for riders looking for all day comfort paired with just enough protection for most trail days. - Jordan Carr





53 Comments

  • + 32
 I'm liking those shorts a lot, might have to re-think my cutoff jeans situation
  • + 24
 they make you look like you've shit&pissed yourself
  • + 8
 They look good but in Oz...you'd fry in 'em...
  • + 7
 other than lookin like a goon, cutoff's are a life style
  • + 8
 @poah - riding in Scotland, I have to think any shorts will like that way 10 min. into a ride.
  • + 3
 I have to agree with poah. The shorts have the appearance of rider incontinence.
  • + 8
 You say it like it's a bad thing.
  • + 7
 Never rethink the cutoff jeans situation. The shorter the better.
  • + 4
 @ReformedRoadie, are you saying Scottish riders have trouble controlling their bladder and bowels? Or is it a remark about the weather?
  • + 3
 The weather, of course. I read a bunch of UK mags; it seems they specialize in riding mud. Like this:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfMQdFGTKAs

I have no reference for any gastro-intestinal issues inherent to the Scotch.
  • + 11
 bkm303 has got it right. I rock Daisy Dukes in the summer and get a lot of comments on them. Nice and cool, the only problem is my ball sack pops out on really rough terrain. Apart from that their golden and they go fucking sweet with my string vest, also nice and cool.
  • + 1
 Just like any pair of pants or shorts that are not black @poah. Good thing is you can shit/piss yourself riding mtb because nobody will notice unless they are trailing you. And it's the cool thing to do.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv6pjoKLPSY
  • + 4
 @zer0c00l44 I keep the ol' scrot contained in some padded short liners on long rides, but yeah sometimes the boys come out for some sunlight, and it doesn't help that the jorts crotch ripped open last year, but I won't retire them from service til they no longer resemble pants at all.

I rock the frayed daisy dukes with this bad boy goo.gl/wg2GRH Strikes fear in the hearts of my enemies.
  • + 0
 To all the useless glove industries who make trends not useful products, I DONT WANT THIN PALMS!!!! My Fox padded gloves give me a great feel on the bars, way better feel and more control than all those stupid thin pad ones, but I would like even more padding on the fingers, and around the wrist. More more more! And thicker grips too! Kids, subliminal messaging is bad. Ride what feels good, not what reviews say.
  • + 1
 I have a pair of the Gravity Anomaly shorts and they're the shit. I've eaten it pretty hard and slid out at high speeds in them and they don't fray, tear, or give me any complaints. Awesome for park riding and trail riding.
  • + 8
 I have the Giro's. I really like them, but I got them in black which seems to be the better option. But I'm broken, so that's no fun
  • - 32
flag foshizz (Mar 20, 2014 at 22:45) (Below Threshold)
 ^Too much information^
  • + 9
 ^lazy reader^
  • + 3
 Considering DH is what it is, I'm still surprised at how many people wear low tops. If Giro made a high top variant (pretty sure I didn't see mention of it) I would be more interested. But until then I'll keep my 510 Cyclones.
  • + 1
 Was gonna comment the same thing, i like my 5Ten line kings but there "slightly" bold on the bottom :S
  • + 2
 Why anyone would put shoe laces on mtb shoe really confuses me. My favorite gloves right now are the Dakine Covert and Ventilator. Probably the best made mtb gloves on the market right now. Those shorts are seriously freakish. Lol.
  • + 1
 I've got a pair of 5.10 for flats & 1 pair for clipping as well as 2 pairs of Giro Chambers. I honestly prefer the Giro's when clipping, the 5.10's for riding flat (but the Chambers aren't marketed for flats). I've been using one pair for mountain riding and commuting on a fixed gear (I don't own a car, so they've seen a lot of road miles & a fair amount of mountain) for about year at this point and they are still holding up decently. They are stiff, grippy, comfortable & durable, if you haven't tried them out you should at least reserve judgement until you have.
  • + 2
 I love 5.10 but having ridden the chamber and jacket along with the shimano gravity shoe. I must say the Vibram sole never let me down. Nice wear life and loads of grip! I recommend them!
  • + 0
 wrong spot again i suck
  • + 1
 I have to say I am actually a huge fan of those shorts. I tend to wear out the seat of my pants pretty quickly so I am stoked to see that they are making a pair of shorts that should last for more than a season.
  • - 1
 nothing to see move along i posted in the wrong spot!
  • + 4
 Kali uses Shiva and Hasta names hmmm... looks like they like some weed
  • + 2
 Bom Shiva!
  • + 2
 They are Gods from Hindu Religion/mythology- Kali is the consort goddess of Change - time and destruction, usually in an awful way and Shiva is a supreme God of destruction, among other things. Hasta is the 13th Lunar Mansion in Hindu Mythology - a constellation.
  • + 2
 Well then they should sell their gloves in packs of 6 rather than a pair of 2.
  • + 2
 I have the Giros and I love them, although the velcro strap can sometimes be irritating and get in the way of the laces.
  • + 10
 How dare you insult the powa strap... BLASPHEMER!
  • + 4
 510>giro
  • + 1
 The shoes look interesting, how do they compare to a comparable set of 5.10s?
  • + 2
 Especially in terms of cleat positioning, on those Giro's it looks like one could set them more rearward than on say Hellcats. Am I correct?
  • + 1
 These shoes look like I could give SPDs a try instead of my 5-10 Sam Hill flats. What with that noise about SPD on DH bikes.
  • + 1
 Enduromaniac, the cleats on the hellcats are much further back. On my chambers, the cleat felt like it was well in front of my ball. Just like most xc shoes.
  • + 2
 Surprising! Thanks for sharing the info!
  • + 1
 Raceface Ambush shorts are the last you will ever need. those look like shite
  • + 1
 Kali Gloves - I think my hand will tingle whole riding, the support is needed all time.
  • + 1
 Those shorts are hella comfy and durable. I have a pair.
  • + 1
 Giro Chamber shoes look very good and good price !
  • + 1
 I like those Giro's but the new white Maltese from 5.10 look nice.
  • + 1
 giros look great ,do they have any without clips.
  • + 1
 Yeah they have the Giro Jacket, basically the same but without a cleat. Comes in some wild colors.

www.giro.com/us_en/jacket.html
  • + 1
 The Chambers come with a removable section for the cleat on the sole. It needs to be cut out and is the same material as the rest of the sole. I bought a black pair, fit them with SPD and am excited to try them out.
  • + 1
 I rode my Chambers on flats for a little while (before removing the cutout and adding cleats) . I found that because they are stiff and the construction of the sole they didn't grip to my pedals worth anything. They work great as spd shoe though.
  • + 0
 Ugly shorts, chunky shoes,... I'll take the boring gloves I guess.
  • - 1
 Why is everyone still talking about the Chamber when its been replaced by the Chamber mid?
  • + 1
 The mid is an alternative, some people like the extra support.
  • + 1
 Ah I see, didn't know they still made the normal ones.
  • - 3
 Teva>5.10>Giro.

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