Nau 3/4 Pant

Whether you call them “knickers,” “shants” (a combo of shorts and pants) or “your little sister’s pants,” the 3/4 pant fill a unique need in the commuting and utilitarian cyclist’s wardrobe. Eminently functional, it’s impossible to get them caught in your chain. Many are also fashionable enough to wear to social outings and casual work environs.


Nau Trajectory 3/4 Pant

One pair I like, Nau’s Trajectory pant, have a semi-baggy cut and are made of a 80/20 poly/organic cotton blend that is light and almost wrinkle free.

They may be the only pair of “shants” you will need. Wanna pedal to work, knock out a full day, and hit the climbing gym on the way home? These will work on all fronts. Unlike a lot of knickers, the Nau pants don’t scream “cyclist.” At $95, they’re not cheap, but they are less expensive than other options in this corner of the cycling-apparel realm.

—Stephen Krcmar

Posted by samh - 05/17/2010 10:27 AM

I prefer the term “knickers”. It seems more dignified and has a kitschy quality as opposed to the somewhat lame term “shants”.

Posted by jpea - 05/17/2010 10:50 AM

yeah, “shants” sounds like an accident just happened before they could get to the bathroom

Posted by Tom - 05/17/2010 01:23 PM

Why are cycling knickers always so damn expensive. Someone should start a company selling them for $40, which would be a fair price. They would sell a ton.

Posted by t.c. worley - 05/17/2010 06:49 PM

Are they just short pants, or are there padded areas? $95 does seem high for essentially short pants. I cut a few inches off of some DICKIES and they’ve been great so far. They won’t stretch like these though…

Posted by Pat - 05/18/2010 06:28 AM

agreed jpea, “shants“sounds like you had a bit of an accident

Posted by joey - 05/18/2010 03:22 PM

I’d go with manpris. I don’t care how “functional” they are, you’re still standing around wearing lady pants. They go great with a faux-gator man purse for carrying your dignity around in.

Posted by Stephen Krcmar - 05/20/2010 08:59 AM

TC, you’re in good company: BikeSnobNYC advocates doing the same thing. The Nau knickers do not have padded areas – most don’t. Off the top of my head, the only pair that have a thin chamois are the holy grail of knicks, the Rapha’s, which cost about $175. Lastly, although the Nau pants are more expensive than Dickies, they’re more work appropriate (depending on where you work) than a pair of cut-offs. Joey, keep an eye out for my review of a faux-gator man purse. So far, it’s perfect for carrying a CO2 cartridge and tire levers. :)

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