Review of Outlier’s Daily Riding Pant for women
By Elizabeth O. Hurst
Outlier listens to women. Since the New York-based clothing designer started making fashionable, livable trousers for men who bike in the city, Outlier has been inundated with requests from women wanting a female-specific version of their pant. Outlier’s response? The Daily Women Riding Pant. Founders and designers Tyler and Abe (interviewed by Cycle and Style last year) created a pant that makes you wish it took longer to arrive at your destination, but excited about how you’ll look and feel when you get there.
The Perfect Fit
Hands down, the Daily Riding Pant fits me better than most in my closet. I’m six feet tall and a size six by most designer’s measurements except in inseam and hip width. Outlier makes the Daily Riding Pant in a true size six (comes in 0-10) that completely covers my ankles and fastens around my hips without even trying hard. The pant’s Schoeller Dryskin Extreme + Nanosphere fabric (80 percent nylon, 10 percent polyester, 10 percent elastane) makes the legs fit snugly without giving everything away like spandex pants might. The fabric also keeps me comfortably warm in Utah’s sub-45 degree weather.
For a better ride fit and, I think, added style the pant’s waist hits right above my hip. In most of my shirts, I can confidently lean forward, dismount the bike or tie my shoe knowing that my pants will keep me modest. The pant seat is clearly designed to make time in the saddle more comfortable. Its functional seams adds to the pant’s clean lines.
The pockets detail is a nice touch- they’re cut wide and loose enough that they lay properly when you’re pedaling and don’t cut into your side. Still, leave your cargo carrying to baskets and messenger bags.
The Daily Riding Pant makes me avoid shortcuts- it makes riding just that fun! Once I get to my pedestrian or professional setting I feel attractive and fashionable, even if I am out of breath. The black and blue styles are both classic and versatile pieces that can be easily dressed up or down for any occasion.
The Outlier women’s pant is a completely worthwhile investment for ladies who find themselves frequently biking around town. They’ll become a wardrobe staple if you’re the type of shopper that goes for quality over quantity. And they’re more resilient than your average dress pant and are certainly much easier to launder.
What I love most about the Daily Riding Pant is that I don’t notice them as I ride. It doesn’t scrunch up or constrict. It gives me the sense of freedom Tyler and Abe were going for, making daily biking more feasible and fun. I can focus on the ride and the destination without worrying if I look good, because I know I do.
Elizabeth helps advance the cycling industry through her work at SOAR Communications in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Photos taken by Philip Hurst.