Gravity Anomaly Shorts: Reviewed
I never knew mountain biking shorts could polarize opinions till I got my hands on these Gravity Anomaly Long Haul shorts. At first glance these shorts have a lot of features I like. Deep side pockets cut to hold things, cargo pockets, belt loops, and a long cut. That being said two out of two girls surveyed gave these shorts a big thumbs down. The styling hearkens from the 90’s with most people mentioning how much they look like old Roach gear, complete with ass patch and a cockroach logo!
Based out of Colorado, Made in the USA, Gravity Anomaly have a small batch of offerings, all fitting the casual outerwear aesthetic. These Long Haul shorts use a 4-ply military grade nylon shell, which is smooth to the touch, and a polyester vented micro-mesh inner to keep things cool and comfortable. Double needle stitching though-out and machine bar tacks at all stress points should keep these shorts going for years. The seamless construction in the crotch means I have never caught the shorts on the seat while descending, even though they are a size too big for me. The Velcro adjustment on the waist does a good job of holding the shorts in place, and the long cut helps to keep my knees warm in cool weather. The belt loops are a nice touch missed by a lot of other shorts.
At $85, they compete in price with other brands in the market, but they are also backed by a life time guarantee. As a function over fashion sort of guy, these shorts have a lot to offer in the function department. If you’re keen on current fashion while posing for smart phone photos, drinking tailgate beers or ordering coffee, you might be looking elsewhere.
The design has a lot of good points, but we can’t be sure many people will want to buy shorts with a contrasting ass patch in 2014…