Oakley Ballistic 2.6 MTB review

Style icons Oakley have always made distinctive performance bike shorts, but they've never been cheap, and these Ballistics prove the point. The liner is fixed into the soft gripper waistband so these won't do for general slouching shorts.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £90.00 RRP
Oakley Ballistic 2.6 MTB

Our review

Super baggy style, but only average performance despite price
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Style icons Oakley have always made distinctive performance bike shorts, but they’ve never been cheap, and these Ballistics prove the point.

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The liner is fixed into the soft gripper waistband so these won’t do for general slouching shorts. The mesh fabric is fast wicking though and the pad is okay – if not a match for the Sugoi or Gore pieces. The super baggy shell is where most of the design lives, with neoprene back panel sporting a metal logo, rubber vent scoops and plastic Oakley ‘icons’ on all the zips. Sadly the upper vents aren’t well positioned for airflow once you’re sat on your bike, anything bulky in the cargo pockets bangs your legs, plus the super baggy cut is a real saddle snatcher. While it dries fast, the fabric doesn’t fend off showers either, making these shorts big on style but low on practicality for the high price.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Ballistic 2.6 MTB
Brand Oakley

Clothing Material Chamois Neoprene
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Available Colours Black Navy
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens
Pocket Types Cargo Hand