Trek Releases New Line of Cycling Apparel

Apr 6, 2023
by Dario DiGiulio  
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As the weather starts to warm up on the northern half of the planet, Trek is coming to market with a refreshed line of riding apparel. The kits are quite simple, with earth-tone colorways and little in the way of flashy graphics. Trek is touting the low environmental impact of the new pieces as well, with the entire lineup using recycled material for the fabrics - apparently the new lineup has helped divert 800,000 water bottles from landfills. Though the collection is pretty simple overall, there are some pieces of interest that might suit PB readers' needs. All Trek apparel is now covered by their 30-day unconditional guarantee, so if you don't like it you can send it back without question.

Trek says they've made some changes to their sizing scheme, having partnered with the apparel-tech company Alvanon to help develop the new range. As an example, anybody who was a Bontrager medium will now likely fit better in a Trek small. Like all things, it's probably best to try things on or consult the sizing chart before pulling the trigger on some new gear.

Evoke Tech Tee

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First off, we have the Evoke tee, with a recycled polyester / cotton blend that should wick moisture pretty well. It comes in every size form XS to 3XL, and can be had in white, black, or olive. It's a $44.99 tee shirt, but at least it saves 35 water bottles from hitting the landfill.



Evoke Short

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Featuring 2-way stretch fabric and a semi-fitted silhouette, the Evoke shorts should be a solid piece on and off the bike. They have a removable chamois liner and hook-and-loop waist adjustments to dial in the fit. The shorts are available in black or taupe, from XS-3XL, and will set you back $124.99 USD.



Quantum Fitness Short

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These are essentially a bike-focused gym short, with a zippered pocket to stow a phone, drawstring wastband, and a looser fit that moves with you. The Quantum shorts are also compatible with the clip-in chamois liner, should you want to keep it tight underneath the casual exterior. Sizing comes in XS-4XL, colors in black/tan/olive, and pricing is a clean $99.99.



Rhythm Short

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With a longer inseam and daisy-chain waist adjustment, the Rhythm shorts are probably the most practical of the lineup. With two deep front pockets and a zippered stash, they should have enough cargo capacity to ditch the pack on some decently long rides. Available only in black, from XS-2XL, the Rhythms cost $99.99.



Though it is great to see apparel manufacturers focusing on the environmental impact of what they're producing, it's important to remember that the most eco-conscious thing you can do is buy nothing and simply get the most out of what you have.

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138 Comments
  • 57 2
 I personally look for shorts with no built in waist adjusters: just belt loops and a button or snap. When relying on stretchy shorts material to not ride down my ass once it gets hot and sweaty it doesn't work and I have to keep cinching tighter and tighter until the shorts are uncomfortable but the stretch still lets them ride down my old-man-no-booty ass. Belt loops, an infinitely adjustable buckle with a non-stretchy nylon belt is what I find works and doesn't leave me with droopy shorts that want to hang in the crotch and get stuck on the nose of the saddle.
  • 7 2
 All my TLD shorts have the loops to connect a chamois. So the shell never falls down. It floats up or down but is held in check by those little loops so my pooper never shines.
  • 2 0
 cannot speak to the Rhythm Short above but I have a Pearl Izumi shell that uses the same hook feature and its great...that said, have another Pearl Izumi shell with a draw strap (no hook or velcro) and its terrible, rode with it for the first time yesterday and probably won't wear them again on any ride that lasts more than an hour.
  • 44 0
 I prefer shoelaces because when your shorts sag, it looks like you're wearing a thong and that's really hot.
  • 4 0
 7mesh made it to the top of my list for shorts for this very reason.
  • 12 0
 I’m a fan of the stretchy Arcade belts. Helps for the variability of my dad bod belly from day to day.
  • 7 0
 @whambat: Love my Arcade belts! This plus Club Ride Mountain Surf shorts makes the most comfortable set-up I've ever used.
  • 4 0
 Same here, only ride in shorts that have belt loops. If it comes with some kind of waist adjusters I'll just cut them out.
  • 3 1
 @scott-townes: thats why i like wearing pants that are similar to my skin color with a black shoelace belt. make all the girls sweat
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: A function/fashion trend that skateboarding in the early aughts gifted me for all my future athletic persuits.
  • 1 0
 I like Fox shorts, they have a built in buckle which is as secure as any belt, without needing a belt. Also never knew that having a fly could be optional. Very smartly designed, imo.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: I didn't have any luck with Arcade belts. The stretch resulted in the same issue as trying to cinch up stretchy material, especially with a bunch of heat and sweat mixed in. I kept on tightening and tightening to the point I had a bunch of excess belt, was in discomfort yet my short still wanted to slide down.
  • 3 0
 @grampa: have you tried a fatter ass? Seems to work for me.
  • 3 0
 @whambat: I'll go buy a few hundred donuts and see if my problem is rectumfied. I could probably do squats or lunges but donuts seems easier. I like your outside of the box thinking. My beanpole body is the issue, not my shorts Wink
  • 2 0
 Should try an Arcade stretchy belt. Unreal riding comfort.
  • 3 0
 @grampa: Noassilitis is an underreported affliction in cycling. You have my deepest sympathy while you battle the condition.

It’s too bad suspenders would be too much of a fashion faux pas. Apparently, we need baggy bib shorts.
  • 40 0
 "it's important to remember that the most eco-conscious thing you can do is buy nothing" -> If you're going to say this about recycled polyester t-shirts, I hope you plan to add it to every bike review.
  • 2 2
 underrated comment.
  • 2 0
 @Rexuis-Twin: looks to me leke properly rated comment Big Grin
  • 23 0
 The daisy-chain adjustment is a nice feature...but if you're paying $100 for shorts you might as well get some with lifetime repairs such as the patagonia dirt craft that you can get on sale for a similar price and it comes with a chamois.
  • 2 0
 **that also has the same daisy-chain adjustment feature
  • 4 2
 @mtbthe603: what are the chances Trek just "shopped" the Patagonia catalog and clicked "Buy" & "Logo" ?
  • 36 23
 Why the f*ck are people still buying plastic single use water bottles?!

Same reason people still buy single use batteries probably - I see pallet stacks of Duracell single-use AA's in Costco and no rechargeables. We've been using the same sets of Eneloop rechargeables in my house for TEN YEARS!

The apathy/ignorance/stupidity of my fellow humans boggles the mind sometimes. Yesterday I wondered "which animals on this planet would be better off if humans didn't ever evolve?" and sadly the answer is "all of them".
  • 46 0
 The good news is that dogs living in the perimeter of Chernobyl are potentially evolving more rapidly. So soon you'll be able to ride an unkillable murder Warg through the streets of destruction like some savage afterworld demi-God & it will eat all the plastics for fuel like some post apocalyptic Delorean dog.
  • 5 1
 Lazy people. These wealthy countries' economies have evolved to the point of being service/convenience-driven
  • 8 1
 @blowmyfuse: That's fantastic.

In all seriousness though, any species that is still in existence has survival as its top (or near top) priority, and pretty much all of our planet thrashing can be traced back to some kind of ill-interpreted and short-sighted desire to increase an individual's odds of surviving. Any animal that evolves to the point we're at, intelligence-wise, would probably start destroying the planet and everything else too in the name of survival/flourishing/whatever.

It's an unfortunate side effect of the instinct to survive. Once you become too good at it, you start shitting on everything else.
  • 29 5
 " The apathy/ignorance/stupidity of my fellow humans"....elitist alert. Do the best you can within your situation, we can all call eachother out on stuff we could do better, but its a pointless campaign. No point putting yourself above "everyone else" because you used a rechargeable battery once. you arent that special.
  • 8 5
 @Henryd555: oh no I'd put myself in that same category. Reusing batteries is nothing compared to the impact the rest of my life has on the environment (local and global) unfortunately. About to hop in my car to take my kid to school, case in point. At some point we throw up our hands and say "meh, the change isn't worth the inconvenience to my life" and just go about out destructive (and ultimately self-destructive) ways. And that's why we're f*cked eventually.
  • 5 0
 @rickybobby18: Fair enough, i chose to not have the same end view but can agree with your point.
  • 10 38
flag KeithShred (Apr 6, 2023 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 None of it makes any difference at all. The Earth will be absolutely fine. You should stop pointing fingers and focus on yourself instead. Virtue-signaling piece of shit.
  • 17 0
 Most of the "green" products sold and marketed don't do jack and are meant to improve the image of company. Is the average person spilling trainloads of chemicals in Ohio or flying around on private jets to climate change conventions? The elitists and celebrities mock us because we cant afford what ever electric car is in vogue these days and encourage us not to travel because they want the resorts to themselves while they are polluting more than I probably will in my lifetime. I'm all for not littering and trying to clean up after yourself but I will continue to drive my gas car because it doesn't make a difference whether I do or not. Until we hold the people actually responsible nothing is going to change.
  • 23 1
 @KeithShred: you don’t need to sign your comments you know
  • 4 0
 In the midwest, a lot of people are having to buy bottles because the parks turned off the water fountains.
  • 1 1
 you butt hurt about the mice, roaches, flies, mosquitos and spiders not evolving into something even worse?
  • 3 1
 Unless you have access to good fountains... Where do you fill up your containers with pure spring water?
  • 4 0
 Dogs and cats would be better off if humans didn't evolve? Don't know about that one.
  • 4 8
flag Bushmaster123 (Apr 6, 2023 at 9:50) (Below Threshold)
 Oh brother... Did you use your soapbox to climb up on your high horse this AM?

People like you are annoying as AF. Do you drive a Prius too? Probably an F250 lol!
  • 1 2
 @nickfranko: Totally. Most of them wouldn't exist (because we bred the household variety into being, mostly) and the ones that did (wolves, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, etc.) would be WAY better off!
  • 4 3
 @DavidGuerra: the faucet at my house. The water in those cheap plastic disposable bottles is anything but "pure". At minimum if your hydration comes from cheap disposable plastic bottles you're ingesting bisphenols, phthalates, etc.
  • 3 0
 @rickybobby18: And where in the world might your house be?
  • 3 1
 @rickybobby18: what do you mean eventually?--bag, bottle, and battery bans yesterday, please. We need leaders, not politicians. Meanwhile, bacteria and C-suiters are 'cleaning up'
  • 17 0
 Trek clothing now sold by Old Navy.....
  • 10 0
 When I ride I'm pretty much a rolling catalog for Costco or some other cheap shit. Hilarious being at the trailhead and the guys are sitting on 10,000 dollar bikes with matching clothes. I have like 2 jerseys but I prefer to ride inna T shirt most days
  • 5 0
 @WestC0astWanderer: I can smell your pit stains through my screen.
  • 1 0
 @WestC0astWanderer: whatever makes you feel better man. I am glad my 800 bucks POC kit makes your day
  • 14 0
 " Have a good ride." The marketing genius behind this tee shirt design. It's on par with the company who thought it inspiring to put "I like to ride fast" on their top tubes. Mtb world is corny af rn.
  • 2 1
 Almost as cringe as 5:10's "brand of the brave" which is thankfully on the inside of my riding trousers.
  • 3 0
 Yes, but does it say Have a good ride on the back of the T-
  • 1 0
 Got Milk?
Beef, it's what's for dinner.
  • 16 0
 Please make these shorts even shorter
  • 2 1
 who likes short shorts...
  • 15 0
 Sky's out, thigh's out.
  • 3 0
 Silkies
  • 17 1
 once again more overpriced bike clothing sht
  • 4 1
 I never pay attention to MSRP on clothes, they'll be 60% off in a few months
  • 14 3
 Anyone else just buy $30 shorts off amazon or costco? I'd rather have 3 clean pairs than 1 for $99. I guess this is for the Yeti riders.
  • 6 0
 Pnw shorts are $30 on amazon
  • 6 0
 Actually I think Trek riders are the intended audience.
  • 4 0
 2-pack of lightweight 32 Degrees shorts for $18 at Costco are my current favorite. I can't even fathom forking over a hundred for a single pair of shorts that's more or less functionally equivalent to the Costco stuff.
  • 2 0
 @benstagram: Thanks for the tip!
  • 11 2
 It's always a little rough for me both when out amongst people in "normal American culture" or a lot of times here in the PB comment section, how many times I hear the words "Costco" and "Amazon". These businesses are not for frugal people that live simply and economically, they actually are both just purpatrators of over consumerism for people that buy too much stuff. In my opinion, buying high quality clothing second hand is a much better alternative than buying crap from them OR the clothing in this article.
  • 5 0
 Well said!
  • 7 0
 Having a buckle & webbing adjustment on the shorts is nice. I hate the elastic & velcro cinch that most use, after a year it's pretty much done. A $45 t-shirt is bordering on absurd, though.
  • 5 1
 @grundleJ if you think $45 for a t-shirt is a lot, go take a look at the mons royale tee shirts.
  • 7 0
 @Superboost: not to justify $80 t-shirts because that pricing model is insane, at least with mons you're getting merino wool which should last a lot longer and perform a lot better than plastic/cotton mix
  • 2 0
 @Jgallegos335: Honestly I have a mons tshirt and it is incredible. I love it. But in Canada they are $120. It’s crazy how much they are.
  • 2 0
 @Superboost: No. Besides, you're comparing apples to robots
  • 6 0
 That’s 800,000 water bottles worth of plastic which will eventually go straight back to landfill. Once the plastic is turned into textiles it cannot be recycled. The best use for plastic bottles is to re-cycle them as plastic bottles. Stop end use plastics. STOP GREENWASHING!
  • 1 0
 That's pretty interesting actually, never thought of it like that, can plastic based textiles not be recycled or they just aren't recycled?
  • 1 0
 Cotton came from the soil. Plastic came from the oil. And once you've weaved them together, you've made a hybrid that can't currently be separated. So the Cotton can't go back to the soil, and the Polyester can't be recycled. You could use it as a rag for a while...but ultimately it's off to the landfill or incinerator.
  • 8 1
 $99.99 for some shorts I can get at Sierra for $18. COOL!
  • 3 0
 Just hang tight for 9mos...these will be at STP for $18 by then.
  • 4 0
 But are they "bike focused"? or made from single use plastic bottles? Instead of the plastic bottle ending up in the ocean after it's use, it'll end up in your local waterways over time as micro-plastic as your $100 shorts deteriorate.
  • 7 0
 Cotton kills
  • 8 1
 "polyester / cotton blend that should wick moisture pretty well"... no - cotton doesn't wick moisture pretty well - ever... If you're going to be getting sweaty - don't wear cotton - not even a blend. But if you want something to wear at the coffee shop - sure...
  • 12 0
 not too worried about people climbing K2 in trek's athleisure bike tees
  • 1 0
 I doubt the people wearing these will ever be riding more than 20 minutes from their car
  • 1 1
 @trillot: Some cotton poly blends are actually really good. I was incredulous too, but I have a couple pairs of the same pearl izumi short that is a blend and they have worked really well for the past 2 years. Everything from muddy multi hour PNW rides to all day bikepacking. I rode through a heavy storm on Vancouver Island last week and once the rain stopped they were completely dry an hour later.
  • 6 0
 If they are cheaper than Kitsbow I think it will be successful. LOL
  • 6 0
 Recycling garbage into expensive garbage.
  • 9 3
 Why would I buy this
  • 1 0
 You’re a Trek fan boy? I dunno.
  • 7 1
 2020 bike boom vibes
  • 2 0
 Looks right out of an R.e.i. catalogue.
  • 1 0
 @schu2470: are we not allowed to say REI on here?
  • 5 0
 Costco Gerry cargo shorts > these
  • 6 1
 Just what the cycling world needs, more apparel companies.
  • 3 0
 I like the glam-sizing. As clothes have "evolved" I've gone from an XL to L to Med...and apparently, I can now proudly say "yeah...I wear a small."
  • 2 0
 As someone who is firmly in the smedium size range it's aggravating. Companies don't seem to believe that men don't all wear a L or XL. I've had some smalls that fit larger than a lot of mediums I wear. Certain brands I just can't buy because of their stupid sizing.
  • 1 0
 Interesting that little snide remark at the end ...I bet if NF..or troy Lee or ect ect brand came out with there new clothing line ..so are going to say that after every single article about buying shit..we don't need anything that's posted on here ..it's all bullshit marketing and nonstop wasteful consumerism
  • 1 0
 Kudos on the recycling Trek, but quick question: Isn't the problem with plastic clothes, that micro plastics are created every time that you wash them? And that wastewater even after treatment at a facility, goes back to the ocean... I am not an expert on this, but try to but as much cotton and wool, but clearly not for riding shorts LOL
  • 2 0
 $44.99 tee shirt? I’m not overpaying to pretend I’m helping the environment, when all I’m really doing is helping a corporation boost their ESG rating so their investors will not abandon them.
  • 7 5
 The Trek Store here in Little Rock got obliterated in the tornado - when they get back on their feet, I'll be picking up a pair of those Rhythm shorts to support them.
  • 16 7
 Yeah, because Trek is just struggling to pay rent...
  • 27 6
 You mean the giant corporation that is buying out it's own dealerships.
And if those dealerships aren't selling to them (the ones who they basically rode the work & sweat and tears of for decades)...then that same corporate monster TREK is building or buying shops directly across the street and blowing their own dealers apart?

Yeah...do that. Then in a few years, we can all order 1 product from one giant mega-brand online and have our oligarch Bezos ship it to our door in a drone that comes crashing into our yard after buzzing and whizzing through the air murdering all the birds it rips past and our whole world can be "eco-conscious plastic pants" delivered hot and now.


Sorry....my brain needed to take a dump. That was a mental colon cleanse.
  • 8 0
 @blowmyfuse: Understood. Yes, that was pretty much the case here; I understand it's not a little mom-and-pop operation that got destroyed, but they were good guys who helped out our NICA teams a lot. And not for nothin', Trek helps out NICA quite a bit too, as a corporation. But I get it.

I don't think we'll ever get to a point where bikes are sold by just one mega-brand online. Specialized will be the other mega-brand. Lol
  • 3 1
 @blowmyfuse: username checks out.
  • 1 0
 @generictrailrider: sorry. Specialized came into Brevard to buy a dealership. Their locally Specialized owned dealer started w/ I think a $5k business loan in a tiny store on Main Street & dude worked his arse off & turned it into a fantastic store with a sister store. Coffee Shop and all.

Specialized apparently tried to buy the shop across the street The Hub instead. When they somehow lost the bidding war for the store they were gonna use to shut their own dealer out...they wound up buying his stores.

They're ruthless to human beings. Not that humans matter.
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: I was disgusted when I found out Sycamore was sold. WAS a great shop run by a great guy. Bought my son's Status there, he let us wash our bikes off while on vacation, just classy all around. They also grabbed Motion Makers and temporarily shafted Cherokee, too (as I'm sure you know). Fire Mountain with no nearby bike shop? That was classless. Bikes are fun, the business - not so much.
  • 1 0
 @Stihlgoin: Until now, no bike brand would have ever slit the throat of the human beings who kept them fed.

Sold my Specialized.
  • 4 0
 Now if they could only make fabric sourced from cracked carbon frames.
  • 4 0
 Looks like uh fashion
  • 3 0
 I had that clasp on Fox shorts. It broke in the wash.
  • 2 1
 anybody else like jerseys with rear pockets? Its a requirement for me as its nice not to wear a hip pack.
They're hard to find these days
  • 2 0
 I think Trek may have a copyright issue with that Ride tshirt. Looks VERY VERY similar to The Ride Companion logo.
  • 2 0
 ......these look lie the clothes the guy in the Audi eBike ad was wearing......
  • 4 1
 Hey @trek thanks for being HUGE FANS of our logo!
  • 2 2
 I want to see more DH/heavy enduro oriented options. Pants/shorts with padding on the sides in case you slide are really nice. TBH, I'd take that over a chamois.
  • 2 2
 Just a reminder that brands like Trek and Specialized should stay out of apparel! Horrible designs and lack of consistency in sizing.
  • 1 0
 Still rockin my 2008 Fox Ranger shorts. Ya, they are beaten, but still work just fine. Shortie shirts. W T F
  • 1 0
 Insipid springs to mind...
  • 1 2
 In a parallel move, Specialized has released a line of waterproof clothing made entirely from recycled condoms. Only available in regular and magnum sizes though
  • 2 0
 Tintin would wear these
  • 1 0
 HAHAHAHAHAHA
  • 2 0
 What gloves are those?
  • 1 0
 "a bike focused gym short." GTFO.
  • 1 0
 free Bontrager
  • 2 2
 Rubbish...
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