for meghan trainer, it may have been all about the bass, but for those of a velocipedinal persuasion it's probably all about the seams. no matter the comfort of the saddle, including those gel-filled helicopter pads, if your trousers are joined together in the middle with a doubled-over super strong seam like those featured on levis or wranglers, then pedalling a bicycle is hardly the most comfortable thing you'll ever do.
this is, of course, a problem that predominantly affects the commuting or leisure cyclist. those of us who like to think of ourselves as of a pelotonic nature are more likely to be wearing lycra, the construction of which totally obviates any means of discomfort no matter how small. but there is a distinct difference between trousers designed for both cycling and presentability in the boardroom, and those of, shall we say, a more athletic persuasion. to place this in the vernacular, i am referring to so-called joggy bottoms.
the fine people at portland's showers pass have slowly but surely begun to creep outwards from their waterproof beginnings, never more so with their latest cascade range, offering apparel that, quite honestly has uses outside out narrow world of cycling. their cascade track pants are described as being most effective for warming up, walking, running or cycling; they're not wrong.
do not for a moment think that i have followed the example of many of my southern friends and accommodated the art of running into my daily routine. it is still very much the case that i couldn't run from this armchair to thewashingmachinepost bike shed and that's barely a matter of a few metres. however, i can attest to their efficacy as a pair of trousers that are ideal for an evening's drumming. it's a well-known secret that a drummer's lower regions are less than visible from behind a drum workshop bass drum, allowing a wide range of options for the less than sartorially inclined.
oddly, there's no mention of this proclivity on the showers pass website.
it gives me no pleasure to relate that over the past two weekends i have had need of hiring a motor car to transport my drumset to and from the places of musicality. fortunately, the gentleman from whom the devil's transportation must be hired lives only a few kilometres from the croft, allowing for a sedate pedal on the taurus corinto. in my opinion, this is the very saunter for which the windproof showers pass cascade track pants were designed for.
with an elasticated, drawstring waist, no seams with a propensity to chafe on the tan coloured brooks b16 and scuff guards on the inner ankle regions, just in case flailing cranks and spattered grit threaten to shred the bottom of the legs. on the outer edge of the same legs, there are calf-length zips, allowing the trousers to be removed without taking off your cleated shoes, should you happen to be wearing them. the seams that do exist are carefully contoured to keep well out of the way of frenetic pedalling activity.
their black anonymity does not extend as far as no-one being aware that you're wearing anything out of the ordinary, for the outer thigh of the left leg proudly proclaims showers pass in a reflective sans serif font. there are other flashes of reflectivity that preclude boardroom wear (unless you work for an athletics or fitness company), but are darned near compulsory for cycling or running use. there's also a showers pass logo centred on the back, but your suit jacket will cover that. additionally there are two deep, zipped side pockets
as to their percussive abilities, i can scarcely praise them too highly. the cut is nowhere near as sloppy as the common or garden couch potato variant, presenting a quality look to the average wedding party but allowing the sort of extravagant movement associated not only with drumset playing, but in setting up, breaking down and packing it in the car at the end of the evening. this is not dissimilar to the praise i mentally heaped upon them both during and after the bike ride that acquired that car in the first place.
it is encouraging to see showers pass branch out from their waterproof heritage. the knowledge gained from providing portland and the world with accommodatingly coutured waterproof trousers has quite obviously been put to good use in these track pants. and before you ask, they are more than equal to being worn to the office all week without incurring curious glances from one's workmates.
showers pass cascade track pants in black only can be ordered directly from the showers pass website (they're also based in the uk) at a price of £69.95.
sunday 20 september 2015..........................................................................................................................................................................................................