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Bike Rumor - Thunderbolts are "Super Awesome Commuter Pants"!!

December 01, 2016

Bike Rumor - Thunderbolts are "Super Awesome Commuter Pants"!!

Super Awesome Commuter Pants Review – with bonus material!

 

Seeing as how my office job consists of almost never having to wear pants (well, dress pants anyway), I’ve decided that if I am going to wear pants, they’re going to be awesome. After all, you never know when you might get to play, so best to be ready. That means they must be comfortable, flexible and able to keep up with whatever I might feel like riding, climbing or jumping over in a given day.

Two of the most recent options came in from Thunderbolt Sportswear and Mountain Khakis, both of which fit superbly and move fluidly on and off the bike. They’re also both very comfortable, but one’s more for cooler weather and the other favors warmer temps. Check ’em out, along with a complement of gear that makes daily adventures better…

 

THUNDERBOLT SPORTSWEAR

thunderbolt sportswear active commuter pants review - user on bike

thunderbolt sportswear active commuter pants review - user on bike

The Thunderbolt Sportswear Original Jeans – Mark II are not denim. They’re Schoeller Dryskin Soft-shell, which is perhaps one of the greatest fabrics ever to grace my skin. The “soft-shell” part of the  name means it’s fleecy on the inside, which makes them super soft but a little warm, putting them squarely in the not-for-summer category. They’re a basic five pocket design and come in three colors – slate (gray), original (basically black with contrasting stitching), and Blacktop (tested, black with black stitching). Sizing runs from 28 to 38 in even sizes with 30, 32 and unhemmed lengths. I tested 34 x Unhemmed and fit was true to size. I’m typically a big 33, so I order 34 to make room for my massive burrito meals and general comfort.

thunderbolt sportswear active commuter pants review - cuff and back of pants

The pants are designed and sewn in Portland, OR, using the Swiss fabric. They have a light 4-way stretch, are wind repellant and have a Nano-Sphere water resistant coating on top of the Dryskin fabric’s inherent water repellency.

thunderbolt sportswear active commuter pants review - cuff and back of pants

Unhemmed length should easily suit up to a 36″ inseam, and I’ve simply folded mine up once until I can get to a tailor (aka “Sweetie”).

thunderbolt sportswear active commuter pants review - user riding bike

On the bike and off, they move right and sit well. They’re straight leg, which works well for muscular thighs (which I’ll have one day because #everydayislegday). Retail is $200. Check ’em out at ThunderboltSportswear.com.

SUPPORTING CAST  Shirt: Thunderbolt Sportswear Baseline Marley Tee, 100% merino wool, $75. Shoes: Keen commuter models they don’t make anymore but I still love.  Helmet: Kali Lunati, $80. Watch: Polar M600, $329. Shades: Smith Outlier Chromapop, $169. Bike: Haibike Xduro Trekking RX, MY15.


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  • Plus points: durable, comfortable, weather-resistant; male's sizes only
  • Worth noting: one rear pocket has a hidden security zip, useful to guard against pickpockets
  • Cost: $200
  • Rating: quality 9/10; practicality 9/10; value 8/10
  • More info: thunderboltsportswear.com
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