Altura Women's Quantum Baggy short£45.00

Women's specific baggy trail short

BikeRadar score4/5

These will be an excellent intro for those who aren’t sure whether baggies are their thing. An 11.5in inseam means they give plenty of coverage to legs and come in a good range of sizes – our size 14 test pair was realistically large and it’s good to see a brand catering well for bigger sizes.

The liner is a very simple, lightweight Lycra and basic foam pad affair that reflects the value price tag, but the outers are abrasion resistant woven nylon and proved to be tough, shrugging off crash damage and undergrowth grabs. They’re reluctant to soak up water and are quick drying, so perfect for British ‘summer’ riding conditions and, combined with a voluminous leg cut, are light enough to remain cool when temperatures rise.

Velcro waist tabs pull from the rear forwards, fine-tuning waist volume effectively, though if you need to pull them in a long way the excess fabric bunched at the rear isn’t particularly flattering and belt loops seem excessive on top of the secure double popper/zip fly.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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