Depending on your perspective, this is either the coolest or most ridiculous pair of mountain bike shorts you’ll ever see. The Opulent mountain bike shorts from ZOIC have iPod controls built right into the fabric so you can control your tunes without digging into your pocket on the trail. The shorts feature a removeable liner and sport a “freeride fit,” though ZOIC says these shorts will also work for XC and AM riding. iPod controls include play/pause, volume, and skip forward/back and there’s even a special grommet hole for your headphone cord.
In a completely unscientific forum poll about iPods on the MTB trail, 57% of respondents said they ride with an MP3 player sometimes so these shorts could appeal to a broad audience. If you’re part of the majority, head over to ZOIC.com where you can get these shorts for $120 (normally $150).
Opulent shorts? Absolutely.