After hitting the trail hard all week wearing Gore’s off-road specific FUSION SO Pants, a part of the bike apparel manufacture’s Fall/Winter collection for 2010, we’ve gathered some consensus.
Gore’s patented loose fitting WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric assists in keeping those legs safe on the trail from windy weather conditions, which has been prevalent in our area this season. When temperatures climb, the pants can be quickly modified by instantly transforming into shorts through its zip-off pant leg feature.
Though loose fitting, the FUSION SO comes equipped with very handy integrated Velcro straps that harness the rugged material built around the ankles to keep your chain from eating your pants. Velcro straps are also found around the waistband for a tailored fit.
The FUSION SO incorporates user-friendly front pockets on each side with a zipper to protect any goods from falling out. The pants are also host to a rear zipper pouch, great for storing energy gels.
Gore’s off-road pants, though black in color, are highly visible through safety reflective logos and print on the back of each leg. Gore’s trousers come in sizes S – XXL. Retail price on the FUSION SO is $199.
Buy: If you’re looking for an appealing pair of comfortable off-road cycling pants that breath well and can take some abuse on the trial without weighting you done.
Don’t buy: If you fancy a busy color pattern.