These well-made shorts are warm enough for sub-zero riding, yet light and comfy, and perfect for year-round use too.
Clever design allies a grippy pad in the waistband to a stretchy rear panel, so repeated crouching doesn’t cause them to sag, even in the wet. They fasten securely at the front with two poppers and a metal tab, and string zip-pulls mean the front pockets (and small waist stash at the back) are easy to use in gloves.
Those pockets are angled and sized in away that allows you to get your hands in without breaking your wrists first, and the insides – solid lining rather than mesh – hold keys and cash without letting it sag into your groin.
There’s a good range of effective adjustment from the Velcro tabs, and sizing is accurate. The hems fall just above the kneecap, sitting on kneepads without bunching up or leaving a gap while pedalling.
The rear panel is treated with water-resistant DWR, which helps hugely with comfort. They’re cut quite slim, and their slight stretch means a welcome lack of snagging without any restricted movement.
There’s a bright orange option, but don’t let this low-key black trick you into thinking these shorts are ‘basic’ – the stitching is accurate and strong, performance is excellent and quality is high.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.