Kitsbow Haskell Pant
Words by Sourpatch; Photos by Ryan Gagnon
Every couple months, our friends at Kitsbow reach out to see if we want to review their latest and greatest riding gear. After I wrapped up a review on their Adjustable V4 short (now Masterlink Short), I was asked if I wanted to check out their new Haskell Pant. I had one concern however, the Haskells look more like a commuter pant than a mountain bike. My concern was squashed immediately as I was reassured that the pants were made with mountain biking in mind. With that, and the impending cool weather that winter promised on the horizon, I was sold.
The Kitsbow Haskell pant is the perfect blend of fit, form and function. Sharing the same tailored approach that Kitsbow implements in the rest of their line, the Haskell’s are crafted from woven nylon which is comfortably soft, yet tough. A hidden crotch gusset paired with the little bit of stretch the fabric allows helps ensure a comfortable ride.
Deep key pocket pulling double duty as a taught cell phone pocket. (Phone halfway out for photo purposes)
There are a total of six pockets; two traditional pockets, two rear flap pockets with a snap button closure, one small zip cargo pocket on the left leg, which can double as a vent and one deep key pocket just above the right traditional pocket. The deep key pocket is just large enough fit some smart phones, which is where I stored my G5 for some of my rides. Hell, even my new, larger S10+ with a rubber case fits entirely in the pocket, but with no room to spare.
The fly is secured using a YKK zipper, finished off with a front button attached by reinforced, repairable grosgrain and an added inner front snap keeping up with the tailored build. For those that enjoy riding at night, Kitsbow incorporated reflective taping along the rear pocket seams that is both subtle and effective.