The Birm Queen is a great cross-country short with a flattering, slimmer cut. Though relatively heavy for hot and sunny summer trail riding, discrete mesh-lined and zipped thigh vents add some cooling. The mid-weight fabric does, however, give the feel of an ultra-durable short with a sturdy, ‘built to last, get your money’s worth’ construction; the super, all-over stretch fabric providing all day comfort and support behind the seat.
The Birm Queen features two front and back pockets and a small thigh pocket too. There’s no waist adjustment on this model, but a zipped fly and velcro on the front snappers takes any pressure off the fasteners; essential after too many cake stops. Belt loops add a stylish touch, though I couldn’t imagine actually wearing one on the bike. For those discerning riders with an eye for colour coordination and liking the idea of top-to-toe styling, these are available as part of a range with heathery ‘purple haze’ jersey, socks and gloves, all with subtle turquoise detailing…
No inner short is included, so extra cost must be factored in there, but for casual rides, I found them to be a great combo with Sombrio’s ‘barely there’ Glider inner short, although I’d go with something more substantial for longer rides.
Overall: Super flattering, subtly stylish and robust, three-season shorts.
|Price:||CAD$79 + shipping, liner not included|
|Tested:||by Sharon Anderson for|