Once exclusively the domain of gravity-oriented riders, pants are increasing in popularity for riders of all disciplines.
Specialized Trail Pant
Specialized have had a fantastic apparel range for years. They were one of the first bike brands to invest heavily in their apparel range and are arguably still leading the pack amongst bike brands. Specialized have two sets of pants in their range, their gravity-oriented Demo Pro Pants, and the Trail Pants on test.
Materials, fit and features
The Trail Pants use Specialized’s VapoRize fabrics, which focus on breathability. This is also aided with venting on the front of the pants. Three zipped pockets give you all the room you need to store your phone, keys, and perhaps even a couple of bars. Retention is handled by a ratchet. The material is also UV 50+, so there’ll be no burnt legs in the Trail Pants! The Trail Pants' tapered lower leg and ankle cuffs were the tightest on test.
On the bike
The Specialized Trail Pants were the second tightest fitting pants on test behind the Unit Guide Flex Pro MTB pants, and the ankle opening is the smallest on test, so much so that putting the pants on without socks was quite challenging. Whilst there’s enough stretch in the pants’ material to run them with pads, I was most comfortable running them without. If you want to run them with pads and have a bit more room, I’d recommend going for the size up.
Three zipped pockets are nice, but I would prefer two vertical pockets and a horizontal pocket as opposed to the two horizontal pockets and single vertical pocket, as bulky items in the horizontal pockets can be felt through the pedal stroke. In almost every area the Trail Pants offered reliable performance that didn’t blow me away. They pedalled nicely, there’s enough pockets, and they stayed put, but they weren’t the best in any of these areas.
Who do they suit?
The Specialized Trail Pants are another set of pants in this test that fall into the all-mountain category that are a great option for trail riders looking for an all-season option. If pure gravity usage is what you’re after Specialized also offer the Demo Pro Pants. If you’re after ultimate breathability for hot summer rides there are better options also.
- Cuffed ankle
- Three zipped pockets
- Ankle opening is too tight