The Ripper Race Shorts from Fasthouse have been my go-to skin protection for gravity racing this spring, and I am pleased with their fit and function alike.
The shorts employ the same heavy synthetic canvas-like material as the brand’s gravity pants, and their construction leaves no question that these folks design moto gear. The 99% polyester, 1% polyurethane shell is tough enough to save your butt, and the soft mesh liner slides independent of the shell to help prevent dirt-rash.
The bold slate (blue/gray) colorway stands out against the palette that most current riding gear is drawn from. Long adjustment straps on either side allow you to cinch them as tight as you like.
The Race Ripper shorts are essentially a cut version of the Fastline riding pants, though there are a few small differences in their upper half. With lighter material in the crotch and across more of the seat, the shorts have more ventilation than Fastline’s burly pants. I rode in these on some humid spring days, with temps above 25° C (77° F), and the shorts were comfortable.
We would like to thank Fasthouse for sending the Ripper Race shorts for review.