I’ve had some £80 Scott waterproof shorts on test for the last few months, as part of my new and improved wet weather wardrobe.
After countless rides and washes they still look brand-spanking new, as well as retaining full waterproofness. They’ve also totally changed my wet weather riding experience: no more wet arse; no more need to dodge puddles; and, you simply peel them off and drive home (if you drove to the trail head, that is) in your undershorts, negating the need for a waterproof seat cover/ plastic bin liner for your car seat.
Design wise, they’re a nice fit, with good reflective markings. They’re actually made by Gore for Scott, using lightweight Paclite material, which is fully waterproof and breathable. All seams are fully taped. In addition, stretch inserts at the crotch area aid freedom of movement.
But, hmm, there are two annoyances as well – firstly there are no pockets (the place I prefer to keep my mobile and keys); secondly, the elasticated draw strings (to alter the fit around your knees) leave a loop when tight, creating a H and S officer’s wet dream: I’m yet to be hooked on to passing objects, but I often entangle the loop in my pedals when lifting my bike over gates etc.
It’s been said before about Gore shorts, and the same is true of these Scott ones – they’re not long enough! The Endura Venturi ¾ Event’s are a better length, ensuring dry knees as well as a dry arse.
Overall, they’re a great buy, considering they’re £15 cheaper than their Gore own brand namesakes. And, they pack down small and light, so they can be whipped in or out of your back pack as needed, especially during our current month of April, where showers and sun vie for prominence.
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