Showers Pass launched their MTB collection of apparel a few years ago, and since then I’ve been bugging the crew to release some MTB riding pants. In 2022 they finally released the men’s Apex pant, and I had to get a pair.
The design of the Apex Pant is based off their Apex Short, which was a solid starting point. I’ve been running the Apex for the last few seasons and it’s a high performance short that pairs well with knee pads. The Apex has an understated aesthetic that works off the trail as well as on. In fact, I’d argue that the only reason I don’t wear it more (for all around use and commuting) is that the Gravel Short from Showers Pass is my favorite pair of shorts. (followed closely by their Cross Country Short with its 11.5″ length)
- Nylon-spandex fabric with 4-way stretch
- 2 snap closure with hook keeps pants secure at waist
- Adjustable waist cinch for adjustment
- DWR water resistant finish
- Fit accommodates knee pads
- Tapered legs for chain clearance feature zipper at the cuff for putting pads on
- Two hand pockets with a rear pocket secured with zipper, plus zipper pocket at thigh
On the trail
I prefer a more tailored fit to my shorts and pants, (which is why I love the Showers Pass XC and Gravel shorts) and to be quite honest, my first impression of the Apex had me thinking the fit was a bit more relaxed than I’d prefer. I’ve tested and reviewed a range of shorts, and it took me a bit to warm up to the Apex based on the way it draped. After a few rides wearing the Apex pant, I did a complete 180.
There are a few reasons these pants kick ass: one, the zipper at the bottom of the leg means I don’t have to find a place to completely remove the pants to put my knee pads on. That’s huge. They’re also super comfortable, even with my bulkier knee pads on.
Two: the dual snaps and hook keep these pants secure even when wearing an overloaded waist pack. I have a few pairs of shorts and pants that only have one, and I’m not a fan of how they always pop off and sag.
Three: the pants have pockets. I prefer to wear shorts and pants with pockets when I leave the house, because I like to carry stuff. I still don’t get why so many bike shorts don’t have better pockets. More importantly, they feature a rear zippered pocket. There’s no way I’d head out into the unknown without my pocket knife, which is part of my EDC. (every day carry) None of my other cycling pants have this feature, which makes the Apex pant is the only pant I’ll wear on backcountry adventures.
In fact, I recently experienced an “epic” 20 mile ride that turned into 45 miles; the day had us hiking up to the top of a mountain in snow, and riding out in the dark. (see photo above) A lot of things could have gone wrong that day, but wearing these pants was one of the better choices made that day.
Fit and Sizing
The Apex pant features a tapered leg with ample room in the rear, knees, and thighs. I’m 5’10” currently weighing in at 170lb. and the size 32″ (equivalent to the Showers Pass medium) fits me well.
The Showers Pass Men’s Apex MTB pants list for $145.00. Bike packing enthusiasts, adventurers, and riders looking for a great all around trail riding pant would do well to check them out at ShowersPass.com.