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When it comes to commuting and urban riding there are lots of options for what to wear and in many cases the choice has to be made between fashion and function. While I’m sure full-body spandex will come back into fashion, it doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.
Chrome Transport is located in San Francisco and is well known for their high quality bags, however they are also expanding their clothing line and are focused on products that work well and look good in the process.
I’ve been trying out the Shins Knickers for a few months now and am very impressed. The most noticeable thing is the high level of comfort both in lounging around and riding. They are made of 91% Nylon and 9% Spandex. The days of hiking up your pants to swing your leg over the bike are done. The material stretches and slides in all the right places to allow you to move freely.
I’ve worn a few pairs of my own knickers I’ve created and I love the functionality that goes with them. They keep you warmer than a set of shorts while staying out of the way of your chainring. The Shins also have a lightly padded, moisture wicking chamois seat that’s enough to make riding more comfortable but not too much as to provide the feeling of walking around with a diaper on (not that I know how that feels). Other usable features include the zippered cargo pockets, articulated knees and water resistant material.
The one issue I’ve repeatedly run into with the Shins is stuff falling out of my pocket. Between the nylon material and the way the pockets are sewn into the knickers, I’ve had my keys and phones slide out on several occasions. I’ve taken to keeping things in the cargo pockets or my bag to protect from that.
All considered, the Shins Knickers are a great choice if you are looking for something you can ride and socialize in. They are by far the most comfortable bit of bike clothing I’ve ever worn. You can see more and pick up a pair at the Chrome store for $136.