The Marin based mountain bike apparel label Kitsbow checked all the right boxes with its Soft Shell AM Men's Shorts. This staple in its collection truly identifies with riders who value every detail that goes into building the best quality riding apparel out there. As with everything in 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 fit 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 waist measurements. They then created a 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 to not brush the rider's calf while pedaling, with the inseam breaking where the knee naturally bends. Taped seams on the interior further this notion, along with a quilted waistband that naturally rests above the pelvic bone. The built in articulation here ensures complete coverage and freedom of movement, while also reducing overall friction while pedaling. A large portion of Kitsbow's obsessive mantra also stems from ...