A short with great attention to detail but it is a little, well, short
Gore is a stickler for detail, and these shorts are no exception. Intrigued by how easily they slid over my bibshorts when pedalling, I lifted the leg to reveal a lovely silk band round the front of the hem. Nice touch.
There are pockets on the hip, thigh and even the small of the back, all big enough to be effective, plus well-placed stretch panels for movement, beltloops and poppered tethers for attaching Gore padded shorts should you want to.
What to look for in a baggy short
The fabric is airy and light, and one of my big likes on these shorts was the drying time. They came out of the washing machine almost dry enough to wear, and half an hour hanging did the rest. Not only that, they seem to be very hard-wearing — a wet summer of constant use hasn’t even buffed the backside.
My only criticism is the length. The 12-inch inseam really isn’t long enough for my taste, and with such a lightweight fabric, a slight breeze was enough to blow them even higher up the thigh. Add another three inches and the Gore Bike Wear Countdown 2.0 shorts would be perfect.