a Weekend Warrior
from Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2011
Strengths: Very tough overall.
Weaknesses: The front pockets and the velcro.
I don't know what model my shorts are; I bought them around 1997, and they have no padding. I wore them regularly for commuting and for crosscountry riding. When the weather got cold, I wear them over goretex tights. The front pockets have weak linings that don't survive keeping keys. The velcro fly loses its stickiness, then chafes the cloth. I've replaced the velcro and singed back the fuzzies.
I wish someone would clone these, but make the pockets out of something tougher, and maybe with zip pockets.
Similar Products Used: Mountain Equipment Co-op shorts
Bike Setup: 1985 Ritchey Ascent rigid, 2005 Kona Hoss hardtail
from British Columbia
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2005
Strengths: Looks good and appears durable?
Weaknesses: Product is in fact not very durable
I have to admit I am a little disappointed in these shorts. This is my first negative review.
Don't get me wrong the short look and feel great. Also the Roach (now Raceface) armor is the best money can buy, but these shorts are another story.
On the first ride, I got a severe "tire buzz". This is the one where you do a big drop and your butt comes down on the rear tire accidently. Well this happened to me, and the very first time wearing them, buzzed a hole right through the back of these shorts!
I just think there are a few better shorts on the market now, although if you don't ever go big to experience "tire buzz" then these shorts may be a good buy for you.
Similar Products Used: Other Brands of shorts ... Fox, etc.
Bike Setup: Big Bad Demo 9
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002
Strengths: industructable shorts....my friend who sold me these for way cheaper and only used once has the same pair, just bigger and he also thinks there awsome....
Weaknesses: little pricy when bought new,....2001 shorts have a roach logo on the butt and its poor sewing job makes it fall off when riding on your saddle ....no a big deal, the 2001 shorts don't have pockets (thats what a camelbak is for)...the 2002 shorts have pockets
these shorts are great....nothing lasts forever, so when these wear out in a couple years, i'll buy another pair of roach shorts
*roach has great equitment....maybe little pricy, but ya cant get any better stuff
Purchased At: my friend charged me $40cnd instead of $120 brand new
Bike Setup: i have a 2001 norco...but im buying a 2003 devinci hucker by next april; going to put 321 mavic rims, with new handel bars and stem, blackspire bashguard, hayes brakes, and new saddle........*i love my Canadian bikes!!!!!!!!!!
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2001
Weaknesses: Customer Support and lack of buisiness knowledge
This is a follow-up to my previuos reveiw. I finally received my shorts after waiting 3 months. There is no doubt that these shorts are good. They fit well, look great, and are real light in weight. However, when I ordered my shorts, I also ordered the pads that go in them. When I received my shorts there were no pads. I had paid for them and they were on the invoice but, someone had crossed them off the invoice with a pen. There was no mention about the pads. So, I sent an e-mail inquiring about the pads. After a few weeks I received an e-mail telling me they were on back order and that I would be receiving them the next week. Its now been 2 months since I was told I would be receiving them. I,ve sent three e-mails with no response. So now I,m elevating this to a different level. I know that in the US we have a better business bureau and I will be filling a report with them if its possible. Does Canada have somthing similar? If so, could you please e-mail me with the info, that I might need. I would not reccomend to any one to buy their products until they fix there problems. They need to put the BONG down and take care of their customers.
Strengths: These shorts are dyno. They sit up in the crotch real well and don't slide down at all. I love the handy velcro zipper, it's really unique. These are cool to wear around all day if you want. But for the ride they can't be beat. They are strong and look new after a hard year of riding. I can't seem to rip them up so it is going to be a 5 flamer of fire manure.
Weaknesses: They cost a bunch but got mine for half price.
Sorry about the folks with hassle about the customer service stuff. I deal with Soul Cycles here in Diego and all goes right all the time. The only problem with these shorts is I wear them too often and am slowly turning into a giant roach.
This reveiw is actually for their downhill shorts. Ordered my shorts one and a half months ago and have not received anything as of yet. I've e-mailed them, called them many times, left my number and was told they would call me back. Still no reply. They could not even tell me the price of their shorts when I ordered them, just knew I wanted them. I ordered these shorts based on the feedback that Roach received on mtbr. So far I'm not impressed with their customer service(guy answers the phone, drops it , picks it up and says F%$k and then asks me if he can help me). If and when I get my shorts, I hope nothing ever goes wrong with them. I don't think I can wait six months to have my stuff repaired. I noticed that all the great reveiws about Roach are from canadians. Maybe if I move there from the USA, I might get some help!
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver, COlorado
Date Reviewed: May 11, 2001
Strengths: Tough and comfortable. These shorts will soak up abrasion that would shred most other clothing. They shed water well instead of soaking through. They don't get in the way or bunch up or anything because of the way the fabric is cut and put together. Stitching is tough as nails. The fly is pretty cool. They look good.
Weaknesses: A little expensive but that's what it takes to get a really good product.
Great shorts. I expect they will survive anything I live through. They are tough as nails. The Roach people will do custom work for you if you're picky and know just what you want.
I can't remember the price for sure. I think it was around US$60. Whatever it was, it was well spent.
Bike Setup: 1999 rocky mountain fusion with dh rokko tires and bash gaurd
a Weekend Warrior
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 10, 2001
Strengths: Looks good, never snags on seat, durable: takes lot of crashes with no damage to the shorts.
Weaknesses: I guess price, but they are Canadian made in a small shop so you cant expect cheapness.
Great shorts to wear over tights. I prefer these over shorts that have tights sewn into then, they just dont feel right, and there is too much potential for "plumbers crack" while riding. Roach shorts take anything trees, rocks, ground, and angry snakes and squirrels on the trail can through at them. Like the guy below I have the regular baggies, I also bought a pair of the courdoroy type at the Toronto bike show, they seem comfy, but i haven't ridden with them yet.
Buy any type of shorts roach makes, you will love them.
Similar Products Used: activa baggies, various tight shorts
Bike Setup: RM Slayer
a Cross Country Rider
from Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2001
Strengths: ROACH quality, made in Canada, lifetime warranty, bombproof, light, breathable, nice big pockets, great fly
Weaknesses: Price, if you pay full retail, but it is worth it for a short that will last forever. No liner, but some would consider that an advantage 'cause they can wear their favourite pair of lycra shorts underneath (I don't have lycra shorts, though)
This is a review for the Roach "Baggy" shorts, not the Indy model. They are lighter and more breathable, and still made of RipStop Nylon, but there are no cool reflective strips along the pockets. In any case, these shorts are simply the best baggies you can buy. The fly could save valuable time in a long race if you need to stop for a trip to the bushes, as you simply unclip the straps and pull down the velcro for quick access. As a patriotic Canadian, I always buy Canadian products whenever I can, so ROACH shorts are a great buy or me. They're made with pride and backed by a great company who offers a lifetime warranty on everything they make. However, I don't expect to ever need to use that warranty, as I have heard nothing but praise for the "indestructible" RipStop nylon used throughout the shorts. 5 chilis for value because of the lifetime warranty (any product with that kind of support deserves 5 chilis for value), and 5 overall because THESE SHORTS RULE.
Bike Setup: soon to be norco 125cc with gremeca front disc
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2000
Strengths: comfortable, tough, lifetime warranty, great look,
Weaknesses: back pocket velcro loosens up over time
On or off the bike, the shorts have a great style to them, comfort in ALL the right places (no bunching. As for the person complaining they are too loose, he might want to consider trying them on first, before he buys them next time.
Bike Setup: Trek8000SL, Manitou Xvert, xtr, rockshox seatpost
Date Reviewed: June 18, 2000
Weaknesses: Beltloops unraveled
Bought these Memorial Day in Rossland BC. The Sacred Ride shop is cool. Crashed in loose shale and not even a scratch! I wear them over Dainese padded bib shorts and they never catch the seat. The belt loops unraveled after one wash and Roach offered to replace them. I just singed the frayed part with a lighter and sewed it back on. Just one bad batch so they gave me a killer deal on some knee pads direct. Roach stands behind their products!! Highly recomended for freeriders.
Bike Setup: Ellsworth Dare,Tripple chainring-47 lb. freeride monster
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2000
Strengths: Tough, durable, excellent fit, and stylish. To give you an example of the toughness... I just fell off an elevated log the other day, the shorts snagged on a snapped-off branch and held ALL my weight right at a seam. No tearing or anything! Well impressed. I'm also still wearing a pair of Indy shorts I bought 5 years ago.
Weaknesses: All cycling clothing is expensive, and Roach is no exception. If you're from the states the exchange rate helps you out though.
Awesome. If you're going to plunk down cash on a pair of baggy shorts - for cycling or not - Roach will keep you comfortable, in-style, and will last you for a long time.
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