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2013-03-19

RaceFace Ambush shorts

For more than 20 years, RaceFace, based in Vancouver, has been designing and manufacturing cycling components, clothing and protection. On back of many favourable reviews, we decided to go for RaceFace Ambush shorts early in the 2012 season. Since then they were our primary choice for all-mountain riding and enduro racing throughout the last season.

Rugged but comfortable
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Ambush shorts are made of a relatively thick fabric that feels rugged and feels ready to take some serious beating. The fabric has water-repellant coating and zippered, stretch side panels for improved breathability and comfort. Ambush shorts come with useful, zippered side pockets, and a soft and adjustable inner waistband for fine-tuning the fit. The shorts come with no chamois.

Ambush shorts have largely met our high expectations in quite extensive use. Their venting has been better that we expected. The shorts feel unrestrictive also when weared with knee pads and leg armour. After one season of riding we can observe some wear on legs where the fabric is constantly rubbed by knee pads. On a positive note the fabric has maintained its colour flawlessly with our shorts looking almost new except the already mentioned minor wear inside the legs.

Recommend for gravity style of riding in less than hot conditions
For gravity oriented riding, Ambush shorts are difficult to fault.
Do we miss anything? Not much. We are certainly happy to recommend Ambush shorts to all-mountain and enduro style of riding, especially in less than smoking hot conditions. Those looking for relaxed shorts for more XC type of trail riding could find thinner and lighter alternatives better suited for that type of riding. In the 2013 season, we will ride Troy Lee Design Ace and Ruckus shorts, expecting to report about comparisons. But for more gravity oriented riding, Ambush shorts are difficult to fault.