The women’s specific Scott Sky baggy shorts are things of beauty, confirming Scott’s passion for embracing the 1980s with the unapologetic purple and ‘jazzy’ internal waistband. The separate padded boxers, which come in their own zip bag, are also jazzed up in grey and white.
Starting with the undershorts, it’s a shame the pad is only Scott’s ‘basic’ version; for any more than gentle jaunts you’ll be pulling on a proper padded pair. Still, the fabric on the liners is stretchy and soft, and if you commute they’re good as underthings with many outfits.
The shorts are tailored in polyester-elastane, with just enough stretch to allow you to strike your moves on the bike. The pockets are deep and zipped, and you get internal Velcro synch tabs to adjust fit. It’s a nice touch that they’re on the inside, so as not to ruin the silhouette. These shorts are really all about posing.
The waistband is wide and reinforced, with a brushed feel that is reasonably comfortable against sweaty skin. The only problem is their relatively low-rise. They could do with another inch or so at the front and back to cover the midriff. Leg length is spot on, revealing just enough knee to show off your matching purple scars.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.