|Subtle and understated.|
|The ‘waist band’ – it really is quite clever.|
|Plenty of vent holes in the outers.|
|The pad in the inner – Steve seemed to approve.|
So, what did I do in them and how did they measure up?
Most of the testing was conducted throughout our stunning summer, which most of you might remember consisted of back to back 26-30°c days. Commuting in them was warm – they are warmer than my usual lycra bib shorts, but as a double layer short that’s to be expected. A “charity” ride on the tandem proved them to be acceptable in a social setting, and with sufficient padding to combat a Brooks saddle too. A true test came with my attempt of the 336km TransCambrian Way double – undertaken on a warm dry day (25°c), and a cool night. Worn for 28 hours straight, and riding for 27 of those, the pad proved thick enough to avoid hot or sore spots, thin enough that the bike was still in contact, and seemed to wick away sweat to keep my important bits dry. The shorts were close fitting enough so they didn’t flap around, and the material soft enough that they didn’t rub, chafe or rustle with each pedal stroke. Considering this ride would have highlighted a deficiency in any pair of shorts, they stood up well, and I was still sitting on the saddle at the end in relative comfort (it wasn’t my bum that hurt).
|You can see how the waist band sits – and stop breathing in.|
Durability is the next challenge … The material feels soft, but is it hard wearing (which sounds like an impossible task given the thin feel of the material)? They were only used on “non abrasive” rides – no muddy bums or sandy cracks here. After 400 miles or so there is a small amount of piling / wear on the seat, however the stitching is top notch and I suspect they’re not going to give way anytime soon.
|Perfectly fine for a trip to the pub with no giggling from the back.|
In summary, they are well designed (in Australia if that’s important), well made from quality materials (in Vietnam if that’s important). They look good, fit well but cost quite a lot … as they say, you pays your money, you make your choice.