Kitsbow designers knew that if they were to do it right, their first apparel items put forth to the public would have to be spot on. It's an unnerving situation for any startup to endure, as the culmination of an obsessive group's dedication to design, fit, and function is on the table for all to see. Well, we think Marin based mountain bike apparel label checked all the right boxes with its original Soft Shell AM Shorts, which have now been released in two women's specific versions. This is the curved fit model, meaning that its structured silhouette runs fuller in the hips, thighs, and seat compared to the straight fit option. As with everything within Kitsbow's line, the Soft Shell AM shorts embody a minimal, function driven aesthetic and attention to the small, but crucial, details. Such is the case with the materials that compose the shorts, as the designers called upon the fabric experts at Schoeller Textiles for the materials necessary to construct the most ideal lower body layer for cool weather riding. Schoeller's Dryskin fabric got the nod here, as this durable, abrasion and water resistant softshell material is perfectly suited for trail riding. A lightly brushed interior provides a smooth interface with the rider's skin, which also aids in transferring moisture to the fabric's outer surface. The result is a comfortable, dry lower half and a consistent, evenly regulated body temperature. With its controlled stretch, the Dryskin material selected for the AM shorts also served as the perfect foundation for Kitsbow to dial in the best women's specific fits possible. To start, the designers eschewed conventional trail short sizing think catch all adjustable waistbands in favor of a more structured platform that relies on even and odd sizing for the most correct fit possible. They then created a curved silhouette with minimal panels for a trim, unobtrusive fit that follows the body's movements while in the saddle. The back panels were shaped as ...