Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Vaude – funky shorts eh?

Posted by Matt | August 1, 2011 | 5 comments so far

I saw this over on Bikemagic and just couldn’t help thinking of D’Andy, currently to be found lurking in a hill fog somewhere in the Lakes.

It wasn’t of course the sight of the ‘outdoors kind-of-guy’ you understand, poised on the lip of an imminent plunge off the side of a mountain. And it wasn’t the gnarly bike with flat pedals and some grunty looking tyres either. They’re two-a-penny across the Surrey Hills.

Funky Vaude plaid shorts

No. It was, of course, the shorts.

Now I don’t know about you but these are some seriously funky looking pants (to use my transatlantic patois). I’ve toyed with the idea for some time of some tweed Rapha plus fours as a counterpoint to my usual black baggies, but only D’Andy thus far has managed to carve his own niche in the world of mountain biking fashion.

One person’s niche is another person’s cul-de-sac but I have to say these are some seriously ‘wow!’ looking shorts. I’ve had to de-saturate the green slightly from Vaude’s press photo just to get it to look normal on-screen.

I couldn’t find them (as of Aug 2011) on Vaude’s website but I could find the Men’s Craggy Pants (great name too!) which look as though they are last year’s version. The blue and chocolate brown are impeccably loud and funky too in a last year kind of way and there’s a ‘pine’ version too.

The blurb says the come with a removable inner liner and are made with stretch inserts round the crotch, six pockets and adjustable waistband. What’s not to like? Seriously, I wouldn’t mind giving these shorts a try as I haven’t really paid much attention to Vaude up to now. They also do shorts without the plaid style but in similarly great colours.

Vaude are a company that specialises in making outdoor clothing, shoes and gear. They’re probably best known in the UK for their camping and climbing gear but clearly they’ve been busy building their biking range too.

The only stuff I couldn’t understand from the Bikemagic press release article was the guff about their new ‘Performance meets Ecology backpacks‘. I mean I understand the idea but really couldn’t see how it affected the backpacks they had created.

But worth checking out I reckon.

Filed under 2011, News in August 2011


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. Jem says:

    Soon as I saw the picture. What’s Dandy wearing now,he must have taken my recommendation from an earlier post on the forum.

    Maybe go for the red tartan instead Matt, or perhaps wear a kilt. Just make sure your sporran dos’nt get too cold:-)

  2. Markymark says:

    Don’t encourage him Matt…

    Next thing we’ll see is D’Andy turning up looking like a radioactive cucumber having got carried away and changed all his hubs, brakes, BB, seat clamp, headset etc to the Hope team green colour palette as well!

  3. Dandy says:

    Funny you should mention that, Marky, but they’d match my green Chris King hubs, green Race Face bars and green Mallet pedals very nicely.

    I feel another ‘impulse’ purchase coming on as I type 😉

  4. joemax says:

    I’ve owned these shorts for a moth now and they are already my favourite shorts. I wear them all the time, you don’t even fell you are weating anything…and dries quickly.
    Bought them in green-/yellow first. and then also got them in blue/yellow when i saw them as a special offer.

    • Dandy says:

      Yep, I succumbed to the slightly tamer green/yellow shorts, also. Very comfy, once I’d swallowed my pride and accepted I’m now a ‘large’ and not a ‘medium’. See various photos in forum. Where were they on special offer, any large sizes left?

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