Today is a bad day for Spoke columnist Rod Bardsley. Not only did the whole MTB world find out that his wide wheels were soon going to be readily available for everyone, but it seems that Specialized are a few steps ahead of Rod's new found love of Bum Bags/Fanny Packs/ Enduro Hip packs. See that photo up there? Well it looks a little funny right? Like, what's up with his shirt? Well it seems the question should be, 'What's up his shirt?' and you could also follow that with, 'What's up his shorts?' Specialized have come up with an idea so cunning you could put a tail on it an call it a weasel. It's called SWAT and the idea is to put pockets on your liners. Told you it was simple. For the undershort there are two thigh pockets at the bottom of the liner, perfect for a car key, some cash or even a credit card, hell you could even hide something more sinister if you were that way inclined (just imagine if Specialized were a skate or snow company it would be called a stash pocket, for your stash). Anyway it's a cool idea to free up your shorts right?
Well that's where the bib shorts come in. Not only are they rocking the lower thigh pockets but they're sporting three rear pouches, big enough for a small bottle, tools and even a pump, and then your shirt goes over the top and you save yourself from looking like a stand up paddleboarder!
As you can see from the comments below the Bibs are in stores now and retail for $120 and shorts will be in stores later in the week and will retail for $100. Hopefully we can track a pair down for review.