Sure, baggie mountain bike shorts are plentiful, but when youstart shopping the freeride/downhill niche, selection dwindles down toeither purpose built DH race gear ... or pieces that lean a little too far over thefashion-forward fence. Maloja's EllaM. Women's Short skillfully walks thatfence by packing features dedicated to gravity riders with unique, yet subdued style.The EllaM. Short is not constrained to one liner. Malojafelt that the option to choose either an armored- or chamois-equipped linerfar outweighs the restriction of having one or the other permanently attachedto the short. Not mention this also allows you to comfortably sport the EllaM., sansliner, post ride.It's no secret shuttling and lift access riding takes itstoll on gear. Maloja constructed the EllaM. out of three distinct fabrics tooffer the perfect balance of strength, comfort, and freedom of movement. For strength,the bottom of the EllaM. is reinforced with Cordura.Cordura is well known for its resistance to abrasion, tears,and scuffing, and used is in everything from luggage to military apparel. Whileyour saddle may have a smooth surface, that surface can become exponentially moreaggressive as it acquires a dirty patina through out a day riding. Used here,Cordura gives the EllaM. durability to resist saddle rub while pedaling andshifting around your bike's cockpit.The majority of the EllaM. is crafted from a fabric made outof high-tenacity polyamide yarn. The resulting textile has a soft, corduroytexture with a high tear resistance. This gives the EllaM. strength for the inevitabledate with terra firma or grabby trail-side branches. Those branches can also becovered in morning dew, and trails often require creek crossings.For that reason, Maloja combines the polymide fabric with asympatex membrane on the backside. This keeps not only moisture from penetratingthe fabric, but wind as well. You'll stay dry on the inside no matter how dampthe forest is.Maloja gave the EllaM. a slightly form-fit, providing enough roomfor a liner with thigh and hip pads. To achieve this they tweaked the panels tohug your profile without being constrictive. Because of the different riding positions though,mountain bike shorts require added give. particularly along the waist to maintain coverage. To address that, Malojaadded a stretch panel to ensure you're comfortable and able to freely maneuveron the trail.The Maloja EllaM. comes in five refreshing colors; Cream,Rose, Granite, Curry, and Denim. It comes in sizes X-Small through X-Large.
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