Race Face Trigger shorts $109.95

Lightweight, well-cut shorts

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

The lightweight four-way stretch fabric used to construct the Race Face Triggers helps to make them some of the comfiest shorts out there. They’re not cheap though, and they don’t include a liner.

The cut feels spot-on, with the legs accommodating knee pads comfortably and the raised waist at the rear meaning they sit perfectly when you’re in the saddle. There are also discrete Velcro tabs on the inside of the waistband that let you cinch things up perfectly. They’re more fiddly to use than external tabs but look much neater. Just in case that’s not enough waist adjustment, there are belt loops too, though we never felt the need to use them.

Twin snap-lock buttons plus velcro keeps these shorts secure

For those times when the rain pours down, the DWR coating helps prevent the shorts getting soaked and has survived numerous washes in the months we’ve been testing them.

The rear pockets feature magnetic closures

We’re big fans of the zipped hip pockets, which are large enough for stowing the essentials but not so vast that the contents flap around as you pedal. We rarely found ourselves using the zipped cargo pocket or two magnetic-flapped rear pockets (the right-hand one has a zip too). Off the bike they’re handy, but sometimes less really is more on the trail, and cramming too much into light and comfy shorts like these can scupper the really quite impressive fit.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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