Club Ride Days-2-Short

Manufacturer Description

Pair this Club Ride best seller with one of our technical riding shirts to outfit for your next bike adventure. The Days∙2∙Short is clean, simple and off-the-charts functional. Constructed with a technical stretch nylon chosen for its comfort and quietness while pedaling, the Days∙2∙Short has plenty of secure pockets for storage, side adjustment cams for a dialed in fit, and it comes paired with our removable Gunslinger Coolmax chamois liner.

Features

  • Lightweight RideDryWear wicking fabric – 94% Nylon, 6% Lycra
  • Abrasion-resistant stretch fabric
  • Seamless crotch gusset
  • Zippered pockets
  • Side adjustment cam-lock
  • Removable Coolmax liner
  • Measured size medium
    • Weight
      • Short – 205 g (7.2 oz)
      • Liner – 125 g (4.4 oz)
    • Thigh opening width – 27.7 cm (10.9 in)
    • Inseam – 30.7 cm (12.1 in)
  • Retail – $100

YMMV Review

I have been testing the Days-2-Short with the Vibe Jersey the later part of the summer. I liked the idea of having some cycling gear that was functional but did not look like cycling gear. If you have ever gone into a store in your road kit, then you know all the looks you get. This is why Club Ride was founded and what led me to contact them for a review. Not only was I excited to try these on my commute to work but also just riding around town for errands or brunch with Melissa.

Club Ride Kit from the Front – Click to See Larger

Club Ride was founded back in 2008 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The idea was to make cycling clothing that could take you from the bike to the town and wear as nice as your favorite shirt. Thanks to Club Ride for giving me the opportunity to test both the jersey and shorts.

Testing

My primary testing ground for both the Jersey and Shorts was my 16 mile each way commute to work. I would wear them to work, at work, and then on the ride home. I also used them on a couple of shorter rides around town when getting breakfast or running errands and on some mountain-bike rides. Here in Central Oregon in the summer it is normally cool in the morning and hot by the time I am riding home, so I got a good variety of weather to test in. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, I did not have any rain to deal with.

Back View – Click to See Larger

Design ★★★½☆

Appearance (25%) ★★★★☆

Construction (30%) ★★★½☆

Pockets (20%) ★★★½☆

Sustainability (10%) ★★☆☆☆

Weight (15%) ★★★½☆

The Club Ride Days-2-Short is actually two shorts in one. There is a removable inner liner and the main outside shorts. I mention this not only for the design description but also since my review will be entirely different for the two parts as will be covered later. I will start with the internal Gunslinger Liner first. The Gunslinger is made of a stretch mesh fabric with a Coolmax Chamois. Of course, the chamois pads and adds comfort when in the saddle. The Coolmax fabric moves moisture away from the skin to further increase comfort and reduce the chance of saddle soreness. The stretch mesh fabric that makes up the rest of the liner is very breathable to keep you cool. The liner has flatlocked seems and an elastic waistband to complete the package. On both hips just below the waistband there are loops that can be used to connect the liner to the main shorts.

Loop on the Liner – Click to See Larger

The Days-2-Short is actually the outside shorts of the system. The shorts are made of Club Ride’s proprietary RideDryWear fabric that is a mix of nylon and Lycra. This makes for a durable fabric that can resist abrasions and still maintains stretch for comfort. The shorts have a loner 12-inch inseam for a casual appearance and good coverage of the upper legs. I do not know about you, but more coverage of my upper legs is a good thing. The shorts are built with a full gusseted crotch for better fit and movement when cycling. The shorts have belt loops at the waist and also have a built in side adjustment cam lock that can adjust the waist size. The cam lock is on both sides so you can fine-tune the fit without having to wear a belt. One the inside of the shorts there are two snap loops that can be used to connect the Gunslinger liner to the shorts. The Days-2-Short uses a single snap in the front with a zippered fly.

There are five total pockets on the Days-2-Short. All but four of these pockets use a mesh pouch which makes them breathe better but also make the contents susceptible to sweaty legs. The pockets include a zippered rear pocket, a zipper thigh pocket, two hand pockets and a small drop in pocket inside the right hand pocket. It is not explicitly stated, but I assume the drop in pocket is for electronics like a Smartphone since it is similar in size and the only pocket that does not have a mesh liner making it a bit more protected from sweat. The Days-2-Short currently available in two colors: Raven (black) and Ale (brown). When I first received the Ale pair I was a bit disappointed as I am a black and blue type of guy, but when paired with the Vibe Jersey the colors started to grow on me, and now I appreciate having some variation to my options.

Coolmax Chamois – Click to See Larger

Just like the Vibe Jersey I was not able to find and information on sustainable or green materials or initiatives. I do give Club Ride credit for being an endorser of cycling as an alternative form of transportation and making gear that can take you from on to off the bike thus eliminating wearing another outfit and creating more wash. These factors led me to give this a two for sustainability.

Fit ★★★★☆

Adjustability (15%) ★★★★☆

Comfort (30%) ★★★½☆

Ease of Movement (25%) ★★★½☆

Inseam Length (15%) ★★★★½

Leg Sizing (15%) ★★★★☆

The fit rating is entirely based on the Shorts as I will mainly address the liner as its own separate part below. I would say that I used the liner and short together about half of the time and then paired the shorts with an old pair of bib shorts the other half of the time. Being more of a road cyclist, I really like my bib shorts but do not always want to be in sin tight clothing. So when some of my bib shorts start to get older, I relegate them to commute and mountain biking duty where I will wear them underneath my baggy shorts and jersey. This was my preferred method to wear the Days-2-Short as well. The short is definitely loose enough to fit over the tights, and I had not issues with them being too tight. On the other hand, I ended up needing to use the side adjusters to tighten up the shorts a little around the waste to get me perfect fit. I do not like to have my shorts be loose around the waist so these adjusters were great.

Thigh Pocket – Click to See Larger

On the Days-2-Short, I ended up testing a size medium as my waist is 32 inches. Looking at the Club Ride sizing charts I fall right in the middle of a medium-size and on the high side of the small. While the medium fit me well I think I may try a small if I get the opportunity to test another item. I do think that their sizing char t is right on so use that for your personal reference when choosing your size. The shorts are made to be a little loose so sizing through the legs will not be much of a problem. They did not feel overly loose either, basically just what I expected. I did really like the length of the shorts. They have a 12-inch inseam which for me is about my sweet spot for baggy cycling shorts. I have always been a fan of the longer inseam as I tend to be on the modest side and figure no one really wants to see my upper thighs. As a note, I do not want to see any guy’s thighs so shorts of this length are great.

The fabric is a good thickness, enough to feel substantial but not be restrictive. It has good stretch and with the loose fit and gusseted crotch I had excellent movement. Unlike some other shorts where I occasionally have to adjust my shorts along the way I did not feel it necessary with these. They naturally fell toward my knees rather than riding up. The fabric itself is not super soft but did not cause any irritation either. Like I mentioned above the pockets are all mesh backed so this helps with the feel but does add some seams to the inside. The seams are not flat locked, but I did not have any issues with them. Generally, they will not be directly against the skin as you will either wear the Gunslinger Liner or wear another short underneath like I like to do. Sorry I did not try these commando style or without a chamois so if that is your thing, then good luck with that.

Performance ★★★☆☆

Breathability (15%) ★★★½☆

Chamois Liner Short (20%) ★½☆☆☆

Durability (25%) ★★★½☆

Moisture Transport (10%) ★★★☆☆

Reflectivity (10%) ☆☆☆☆☆

Versatility (20%) ★★★★☆

When it comes to performance of the shorts, you will notice a lower overall rating compared to the other sections of the review. The main reason for this is that I included the Gunslinger review in this section exclusively. Without the liner as part of the review, I would give it about a half star higher review. The Gunslinger is a basic liner short with a Coolmax liner as I mentioned above. What really got me was the fit more than the performance. The stretch mesh material breathes really well and fit well in the legs but when it comes to the body of the liner, it seemed really loose and unsupportive. Since the chamois is held in place by the legs and the body, it felt like it was not as snug as I like it to be. As far as the Coolmax chamois goes, it seemed to work okay. Chamois are a very subjective thing, and I would say that it was not as comfortable as some of the expensive ones I have tested but it got the job done. Good for short rides and mountain biking when you are in and out of the saddle as you ride, a little less ideal for a long time sitting in the saddle.

Double Pocket – Click to See Larger

As far as the Days-2-Short goes, I really liked the performance of these. The shorts were plenty durable, and I never had any issues with them except a couple of stray strings on the inside that I had to cut off. This is a normal thing. The fabric is thicker and does not let much air pass through, but the loose fit let air circulate underneath well. The only place where I tend to get warm in regard to shorts is in the lower back, and that was the case in these on hot days as well. They were not uncomfortable but did get somewhat saturated with sweat along the waistband. The cam lock side adjusters are a great feature and worked well. They never slipped once and I like my shorts tight in the waist. The front snap also was secure and having a zipper fly made using the bathroom much easier, even when wearing bib shorts underneath, it is a learned thing. All the zippers worked well, but I did find the rear pocket only useable when walking around as in the saddle, you don’t want anything in there. That also goes for the drop in electronics pocket. I was afraid that with the motion of my legs that my phone would fall out so I did not want to use it when cycling. I tended to put my phone in the thigh pocket or jersey pocket if I chose to use it at all.

One of the things I found to be a big omission on the shorts is some reflective elements or trimming. I know the shorts have a mountain-bike aspect to them, but they should also address the needs of a commuter or everyday cyclist, and even a reflective logo would help. The small logo located on the pocket is not reflective, which makes both the jersey and shorts free of any reflective elements. I still think these shorts are very versatile as they are great for any type of riding you are doing. They are even comfortable enough to wear out and about as they were designed for. I never felt out of place as they blend in quite well.

Side Adjuster – Click to See Larger

Overall ★★★½☆

Overall, I gave the Days-2-Short a 3.5 rating, but it could very well have been a 4 without the liners. I would give the Gunslinger a 1.5 as a standalone piece just because of the fit. The Days-2-Short is a good-looking and very functional short. It was not only comfortable on the bike but did not look out of place off which is what Club Ride is looking for. I tested it with the Club Ride Vibe Jersey for the most part, and the two worked really well together. While the colors were not my first picks they definitely grew on me, and I have appreciated having something a bit different than what I normally wear. The proprietary RideDryWear fabric is not only durable, but the stretch helps these shorts move well with you. They have also been designed with a gusseted crotch which should be standard for any active pants or shorts because it really helps. My only real negatives would be the lack of reflective elements and since all the zippered pockets are mesh backed, you might not want to put your electronic devices in them. I still would highly recommend the Days-2-Short and suggest using the sizing chart as it seemed right on. Know that these come with the internal liner which may or may not work for you. It is removable so you are not stuck using it if you don’t want to. The Days-2-Short retails for $100, which I find to be a solid price. Hopefully, I can review some other pieces of theirs as they seem to be adding new designs each season. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros

  • Good fit of Days-2-Short, excellent length
  • Stretch fabric
  • Abrasion resistant and durable
  • 5 pockets
  • Side adjusters are and awesome feature

Cons

  • No reflective elements
  • Most pockets are mesh backed, sweaty contents
  • Gunslinger liner short was too loose in the body

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About the author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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