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A decent length with ample room for knee pads. The material itself is heavy and feels pretty burly, but is very stretchy and moves well. Despite the weight of the fabric, it never felt restrictive while pedaling. With some strategically placed laser-cut vents, the airflow was decent, but I still found myself sticking to the shade a bit more than normal due to the thickness of the fabric.
The sizing is spot on. I tested a size large and found that the waist and thighs were just right. The leg-hem falls below my knee cap, and there’s plenty of room for knee pads. The waist sits fairly high and stays right where you want it. There is an elastic velcro tab to help tighten up the waistline if you are looking for a snugger fit. On the fly, you’ll find a metal zipper complemented by a two-button closure.
In terms of features, you could say there is an abundance of storage space available. With a zipped pocket on each leg and one in the back, there are plenty of places to stash snacks, phones, maps, keys, and anything else you can think of. The two zipped pockets on the front are so big that they each take up an entire thigh. I placed my phone in one pocket while riding and kept having to pull over because it kept getting stuck between my knee and the frame! As much as I like the placement of the pockets, maybe a more definitive and well-thought-out shape would make them more functional.