Sombrio Lowline Shorts review£59.00

Lightweight mid-lengths

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Sombrio's light mid-length (just above the knee) shorts are plain to look at, but have some great technical features.

The cut works well on the bike without looking strange off it – perfect for this type of short. There are also two pockets cut in diagonally on the thigh of the right leg, which are big enough for a wallet or energy bar.

The waistband has adjustable Velcro tabs to get the fit just right and there’s a three-inch deep band of wicking fabric on the inside to keep things comfy. All the internal seams are flatlocked too, which helps the material feel comfortable against your skin.

They Lowlines are unpadded, though, so you will need to add a pair of liners or Lycra shorts underneath for longer jaunts. In all, simple looking yet technical shorts.

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK

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