I really enjoyed the two-tone Slate-Black color option Flylow shipped out, it works with every color riding short on the planet and is a tried-and-true color option. Some may call it boring but it’s perfect for my lack of exploratory styling. I noticed the collar was wider than most and offered a nice amount of airflow. Overall, their size guide was spot on. The shirt did give a regular to relaxed style fit that felt sort of large off the bike, but when riding it melted away. With my wide shoulders and narrow torso/waist, it is hard for me to find a slim-fit jersey that is still loose enough on my shoulders. I am just a hair over 6’ and 170lbs soaking wet for reference. I would not stray away from sizing down on this jersey if you want a more body-hugging fit.
I took this on a trip as my only jersey and put three days at 3K feet of climbing on it with no washes. Personally, this is longer than I like to go without washing, but much to my amazement it remained stench-free, unlike my knee pads… On these hot days I never really found sweat build-up to be an issue, the looser fit helped circulate air which was very welcomed on the exposed section of the climbs. Overall, it’s a solid product with limited frills but nothing to make me complain.
With so many great shorts in the market today, the Laser Short is another one to add to your list. One of the stand-out features of this short is the ability to choose your inseam length. This was something I was stoked to see. With my smaller waist and long legs, finding shorts at the length I enjoy is hit and miss. I opted for a 32” waist with a 13” inseam. Even with these being a good true 32” fit I was able to snug the waistband up with no uncomfortable bunching. I for sure could fit into a 30”, but I always like to play it safe with a larger size as I do wear hip pads from time to time and do not want to be limited.
The single zippered pocket was enough for me. I use a pack and also have in-frame storage, so I really only need one zippered pocket for a small multi-Tool. If you value multiple zipped pockets, Flylow’s Goodson Short would be a better pick. The seams on this pair of shorts are awesome, I am a huge fan of how clean they look. Personally, I believe this style is the best option out there! There was enough stretch not to limit your movement on the bike, but I would not say they were super stretchy. The trade-off is a durable material, and it’s one I think is well worth it. The laser-cut vents down the inside of the leg worked great. Just like with the Garrett Shirt, I wore these on some of the hottest rides of the year with no overheating complaints. The overall profile of the shorts is slim and does not have a baggy look, which suits my style. The material feels durable and abrasion resistant in your hand. Thankfully I did not test this with any spills, but I can tell just by feel that these will hold up to some serious abuse.
For me, the Dirt Glove had all the features I look for in a glove, but sadly lacked the dexterity I value. Generally, when I do wear gloves, I gravitate towards the ultra-thin minimal options that still give me a connected feel to the grips, but these use a thick material which reduces bar feel and runs a little hotter. I would have full confidence in these lasting through many off-bike excursions, but thankfully I haven’t had to find out for sure yet. Due to that durability, these are going to live in my trail maintenance pack and the weather starts to get a bit colder.
Having the phone-compatible thumb and index finger was great for taking quick photos or checking the map trailside. My favorite aspect of these gloves is the soft material on the back of the thumb, this made wiping my nose a pleasure. This is something I feel can be underrated or overlooked easily. All in all, the Dirt Glove will suit riders looking for a heavier duty option that’s well built.
Simple and effective is what comes to mind for the Summer Foot Short Sock. I used these on some of the hottest days here in Spokane and even in my very poorly vented shoes sweat build-up was minimal. I have a problem with socks only lasting a few rides before blowing out the heels, I have probably spent more money on riding socks in the past few seasons than I have on other gear, it is a big issue for me. So far at 16 rides, these socks show no signs of wear, which is a big deal in my world. I found that even though they have stretch, it is quite minimal, though it didn’t feel to limit movement when wearing them. It was only noticed when putting them on or taking them off post-ride – for me it was not something I could easily do standing, I had to sit down and use two hands. This is not uncommon for my size 12 foot. For reference, I am using the XL option. I hope Flylow debuts some more color options as at the end of the day they stood up to my abuse and would get my dollars when it comes to ordering new socks!
The Wolf’s Last Word
If you are like me and are new to the Flylow brand, don’t sleep on them! Flylow has checked all the boxes for MTB apparel focused on enthusiasts without sacrificing their brand ethos of sustainability. This gear is built to last and will melt away on the trail. Their earth-tone colors add some flavor to your style without being obnoxiously loud. Overall, I’ve been quite impressed by most of their offerings, and look forward to continuing to rock them on the trails for the last of summer into fall.
Garrett Shirt – $70
Laser Short – $120
Dirt Glove – $35
Summer Foot Sock – $18