At A Glance
The men’s Curva shorts from iXS are aimed at the downhill market and made from a very robust polyester-mix material. The seams are all multiple-stitched too so these shorts should see you through some heavy use. Fully mesh-lined to help wick moisture away from the body the shorts also feature 2 inner zipped vents to get the airflow moving even more on hot rides. In addition there’s a large vent across the back, with a protective flap over the top, keeping the shorts functional yet at the same time hardwearing.Buy Shorts on
On The Trail
The fit on the Curva shorts is really good, with a raised back for added protection and some stretch inserts added to the waistband. The front fly is a zip, Velcro and stud-popper affair so they shouldn’t be popping open unexpectedly should you eat a larger lunch than you planned! It’s worth noting that, despite the stretch inserts, the shorts aren’t hugely adjustable so you’ll want to make sure you get the right size, and try them on first.
There are two open side hand pockets, and a slightly more secure pocket on the leg with a Velcro closure. These are designed as downhill shorts, so they’re not really aimed at those wanting to fill their shorts with snacks, phones or conkers!
The breathable and anti-baterial material combined with the mesh lining and vents works well to prevent you getting hot, sticky and smelly.
A really well-made and stylish pair of shorts. Rugged enough to stand the test of time whilst being comfortable and well ventilated.Buy Shorts on
This review was in Issue 23 of IMB.For more information visit iXS Sports Division
By Rou ChaterRou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.