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ffff....Hill's second split was 1.5 up on Atherton's...it was to be his title. so gutted for him...

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I can't recall ever being as shocked watching a race... We witnessed it all today.

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I don't know what you guys are griping about. Everybody in the industries trying to sell you something is saying 650b is 'consumer demand'. They didn't even want to just completely adopt a new standard that forces you to buy all their shlt again. You MADE them do it.

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Have these in green. They are the best shorts!! Super lightweight, good cut and the way the pockets are designed hold everything nice and close to the leg to minimize movement. Overall, my FAVORITE pair of shorts for everyday riding.

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My specialized shorts have been my favorite since day one, definitely pull them out of the hamper sometimes before grabbing a different pair of shorts

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Added a product review for Specialized Atlas XC Pro Short 7/28/2014 9:29 PM
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Tested: Specialized Atlas XC Pro Short

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Review by AJ Barlas // Photos by Jon Anthony

We recently tested the Specialized Atlas XC Pro jersey and some keen eyes will have noticed that there was a matching short in the images from the article. That matching short was the Atlas Pro XC short and like the jersey, it's not your usual XC labeled bit of riding apparel. In fact, the short is closer to what others may label a trail short.

Much like the jersey, the short has been designed to be worn all day, keeping out of the way and remaining comfortable on the trail, without being a skin tight piece of lycra. As an added bonus (for those interested), it also comes with the new SWAT equipped bib liner that we tested not so long ago, which we think is great both because the SWAT bib is an excellent bit of kit and because it beats the cheap liner that can often be found included with a pair of shorts. Read on to learn more of our experiences with the Atlas XC Pro short.

Specialized Atlas Pro XC Short Highlights

  • VaporRize™ moisture transfer stretch woven fabrics
  • Two zippered pockets
  • Bonded Seam Construction
  • Removable bib liner short with SWAT and Body Geometry Mountain Chamois
  • Laser perforated venting
  • DeflectUV 50+
  • 14-1/2'' inseam with tapered leg fit (size 34'' waist)
  • Size: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42
  • MSRP: $150.00

Initial Impressions

As with the Atlas XC Pro jersey, the short is lightweight, possibly the lightest short we have ridden in. This makes it immediately comfortable once on, but that isn't only down to the lightweight material. The short has been developed with a four-way stretch fabric that allows it to move in almost any way required. When in the saddle this is a very nice feature to have!

Also in a similar fashion to the jersey, the short comes with laser perforated venting, well positioned on the inner portion of the thigh. The use of bonded seams and the 'rubber' portions strategically placed on the outside of the short helps keep them moving where they need to, while holding some form where it is necessary. The adjustable velcro waist tabs are simply done and some of the best we have used of late, making it clear that it's often beneficial to follow the K.I.S.S. principle (keep it simple, stupid). There is no expandable waist panel in the back, something we did not miss.

On The Trail

Setting out for the initial ride in the Atlas XC Pro short, it was quickly apparent that barring any catastrophe in construction, or any unforeseen problems, this would be a new favourite short. More than 8 weeks later that remains fact! The short has been ridden in varying conditions, but with most of the riding coming during the hotter time of the year and while traveling to some stinking hot places (like Moab in July) we have been very impressed with the level of comfort afforded. A lot of this can be put down to the light weight of the short and the great, flexible fabrics used, which in turn meant the short never stuck to us, nor got in the way.

The lack of an expandable panel in the back of the short meant that it stayed in place far better and never caught on the saddle - an attribute we often find with these stretch back panel 'features'. Besides, the shorts four-way stretch materials and cut meant that a panel of this nature was not required, with the short being able to stretch and move as much as necessary without getting all saggy. The cut and placement of the seams we also found to be incredibly accurate, adding to the short's great shape for riding. Unlike some shorts worn recently, the Atlas kept the length just right whether in, or out of the saddle.

The velcro waist tabs have never caught on the jersey and thanks to the simple use of the same material as the rest of the short on the outside of the tab, it moulded very well to the shape formed around the waist. The pockets are well positioned on the outside of the thigh at an angle that works well for cycling, allowing easy access to the contents while on the bike or even sitting on a bench, without having to worry about losing your belongings. They aren't the largest pockets, but they will fit most smartphones comfortably and the position will leave you unaware that you are carrying something of this weight in there.

Long Term Durability

The light blue colour of the short requires the use of some heavier washing cycles if you often ride in muddy, or slightly dirtier conditions, with ours seeing a little discolouration in the seat, where they spend a lot of time grinding dirt into our bike saddle. We don't see this as a 'no go' problem, but if you are looking to keep the short looking as good as new for as long as possible, then perhaps the black option would be a better choice. Aside from this, there have been absolutely no issues of any manner with the short.

Things That Could Be Improved

The shorts come with a velcro fly, and while we personally haven't had any issues with it, it was initially a turn-off. Despite not having had an issue to this point, anyone who chooses not to wear a chamois will have a tougher time taking a toilet break. The use of a regular fly would be an improvement from our point of view.

What's The Bottom Line?

Specialized don't do anything by halves and have come out with some fantastic new riding apparel in the form of the Atlas XC Pro range! The short is now our go to, and most worn piece of apparel thanks to its great, light weight and relaxed fit - it feels good to ride in and looks pretty tight as well. If you're after a new short that has little in the form of bells and whistles, but hits it out the park through the use of great materials and a well-designed cut for everyday riding, then you can't pass up taking a look at this short.

For more visit www.specialized.com


About The Reviewer

AJ Barlas started riding as most do, bashing about dirt mounds and popping off street curbs. Not much has changed, really. These days the dirt mounds have become mountains and the street curbs, while still getting sessioned, are more often features on the trail. He began as a shop monkey racing downhill since day zero, only to go 'backwards' and start riding and racing BMX later on. He then came full circle once moving to Whistler. AJ loves riding everything from 8 hour mountain pass epics (bonking) to lap after lap in the park and 20 minute pumptrack sessions at sunset. Driven by his passion for biking and exposing people to the great equipment we ride, AJ started and maintains the Straightshot MTB blog. So long as wheels are involved, and preferably dirt (the drier and dustier the better), life is good.

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Tested: Specialized Atlas Pro XC Jersey

Rating:

The Good:

The Bad:

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Review by AJ Barlas // Photos by Jon Anthony

It seems the days of limiting 'XC' labeled apparel to lycra is drawing to a close, and that can't come soon enough if you ask us. Companies like Specialized have created entire lines of XC gear, none of which are revealing though all are made to breathe well, to be comfortable for trail bike use and technically capable of being ridden in all day.

The Atlas XC Pro jersey is Specialized's answer to a garment that stays out of the way, while keeping you cool on those long rides. We've been ripping about on the trail bike for a couple of months in this jersey to see whether it meets its goals and exactly what crowd it works best for.

Specialized Atlas Pro XC Jersey Highlights

  • VaporRize™ moisture transfer knit fabrics
  • One zippered side pocket with sunglass wipe
  • Partial chest zipper with sunglass loop
  • Laser perforated venting
  • DeflectUV 30
  • Relaxed fit
  • Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • MSRP: $98.00

Initial Impressions

Upon receiving the Atlas Pro XC jersey the first things noticed were its light weight, quality materials, and the details. The materials used are top shelf, and the laser perforated vents look pretty trick. In addition to the laser vents, there is a mesh section down the side and up under the arm to provide plenty of airflow for when the going gets hot.

The little pocket on the lower part of the front of the jersey is an interesting feature, though it's hardly big enough to fit even a driver's license in and apart from the sunglass wipe in the pocket it saw little to no use throughout the review period.

On The Trail

Riding in the Atlas XC jersey feels great! The fit is very comfortable, not baggy and not too tight, and the use of high quality materials adds to the comfort while out on the bike. It's worth noting that although the jersey is labeled as a 'relaxed' fit, this refers to XC and is not to be confused with a relaxed fit in DH.

Despite riding in some extremely hot and dry conditions, the Atlas jersey kept us as cool as can be, while never sticking to our skin or getting uncomfortable. The short zipper on the front often aided with added airflow to keep the core temperature down as much as possible on hot rides and was particularly appreciated on a very recent ride in Moab.

The bonded seams along the sides of the jersey are well positioned, and the added, almost rubber like sections on the outside of these seams enable the jersey to hold some form when riding, rather than sagging out of shape thanks to the 2-way stretch materials used. This also helps the jersey remain in shape after many wash cycles. The bonding pieces over the shoulders also aid with holding the jersey's shape, despite us thinking they were nothing more than a bit of flair initially.

Long Term Durability

There have been no issues with the Atlas XC Pro jersey we tested. It displays no signs of pilling, no threads have pulled nor have any seams come apart and after long days in the saddle and many wash cycles, it still looks as good as new.

Things That Could Be Improved

The functionality of the pocket on the front, lower right of the jersey is pretty limited. If it were capable of comfortably holding a drivers license or credit card then it would perhaps be much better, but in its current state, cramming anything of this nature in there is less than convenient (leaving us wondering what use if any was actually intended here).

The sunglass hook on the zipper is another feature that was never used through the review, as we prefer to tuck them up into our helmet whenever not wearing them. The option is there for those that like to carry their glasses on the front of their chest (perhaps while climbing), or who prefer not to use the helmet option.

What's The Bottom Line?

The Specialized Atlas XC jersey is great for the rider looking for a lightweight, breathable, general purpose jersey to spend a lot of time in. It's fuss free, can be purchased in unassuming colors for a low key appearance and will do a great job of keeping you comfortable on the trail. For most the front pocket will be of little use, but that certainly isn't a reason not to look into adding this jersey to your collection.

For more info visit www.specialized.com.


About The Reviewer

AJ Barlas started riding as most do, bashing about dirt mounds and popping off street curbs. Not much has changed, really. These days the dirt mounds have become mountains and the street curbs, while still getting sessioned, are more often features on the trail. He began as a shop monkey racing downhill since day zero, only to go 'backwards' and start riding and racing BMX later on. He then came full circle once moving to Whistler. AJ loves riding everything from 8 hour mountain pass epics (bonking) to lap after lap in the park and 20 minute pumptrack sessions at sunset. Driven by his passion for biking and exposing people to the great equipment we ride, AJ started and maintains the Straightshot MTB blog. So long as wheels are involved, and preferably dirt (the drier and dustier the better), life is good.

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