Review: Intrepid Apparel Freemotion Shorts

UK based Intrepid Apparel make some superb kit. In previous reviews, I've tested gilets, jackets and shorts from the brand, and they've all impressed me with their quality, useful design features and their value for money.

The FreeMotion shorts are the brand's latest release, and are designed to be your go-to baggies for all kinds of riding and casual wear. With all of the features of the Campaign Shorts, as well as some great additions and improvements, I was looking forward to testing them out...

The FreeMotion shorts are made of the same wear-resistant, super-stretchy material as the Campaign shorts. Having tested those extensively in hot, cold and wet conditions, I can vouch that it continues to last really well, whilst feeling soft against the skin and proving highly breathable. To aid the breathability demands, the FreeMotion shorts also feature the same long thigh zipper-vents that the Campaign shorts did; allowing you to open up the airflow on the climbs, and keep your legs more comfortable.

The fabric plays a big part in ensuring that the FreeMotion shorts have a great fit, too. Its stretch properties allow it to move, as you move; whilst also meaning they fit a wide variety of leg shapes and sizes. Whilst the shorts are stretchy themselves, the waistband has an adjustable but sturdy quick-release buckle, which creates a belt-like security to avoid slippage. I opted for a size small in these, and they're a good snug fit on me (link to my measurements).

Perhaps the coolest thing about the FreeMotion shorts though, is the attention to detail...

Pocketing, for example, is extensive! Each side of the shorts, there is a zippered angle pocket; one of which has a need little karabiner to securely hold your keys. On the left hand side, there is also a spray-resistant soft lined pocket, which is ideal for your phone. Finally, on the right hand side, you get a deep zippered cargo pocket, which is fantastic for stashing passes and spares. Proper cargo shorts!

The finishing touches are nice, too. The rear waist has a large embroidered logo, and the cargo pocket has a nice rubberised Intrepid Apparel wing badge.

Some may question why there are no liner shorts in a pair of baggies that retail for £..., but I don't necessarily see that as a negative. Padded shorts are so personal, that I'd prefer to choose my liner independently of my over-shorts, and ensure that both are top-performers, rather than one impacting the other, as brands try to cut corners to meet a price point.

Overall, these are another great pair of shorts from the British brand. They're comfortable, robust and they have some great features that make them unique and highly practical. If you're after something a bit different from the mainstream brands, then these are well worth checking out!

View the Intrepid Apparel range at Intrepidapparel.co.uk (Link)






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