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Jett Gear Raptor Short - Men's - 2008 BCS
The Jett Gear Raptor Short brings a tough exterior and feature array to meet both downhill and cross-country mountain bikers’ needs. With a length that hits just below the knee, the Raptor won’t get laughed out of the lift line by the full-face crew, but at the same time there’s not so much fabric that you feel weighed down on long approaches. Front intake and rear exhaust vents cool down the internal removable chamois liner, whether you’re flowing banked singletrack at 35 miles an hour or crawling up Puke Hill for an epic ridge ride. Stretch panels in the microfiber outer shell keep you fully mobile, and a retractable goggle/sunglass wipe maintains visual clarity.
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August 21, 2010
These are the best Jett shorts I've tried, edging out the Hornet and clearly beating the Lightning. Jett makes quality stuff with a lot of features. One feature I like that lower end shorts don't have is the dual button fly. The fabric used on these is a very soft polyester microfiber while the Hornet is 100% cotton with more pockets and the Lightning is 50% polyester/50% nylon (worst one of the bunch and ugly, in my opinion). The inside is very slick, not using any additional lining fabric. There are 4 mesh lined pockets--2 front open slash and 2 zipped pockets that double as vents, with one having a fleece wipe attached to the pocket with a bungee string. They are comfortable and have a contoured cut. They fit a bit loose, but have a built in belt.
There's a removable inner spandex short with a chamois that's really cheap feeling. The chamois fits oddly with half of it in front of your crotch and the other half just barely covering your sit bones. The liner is held in by 2 loops which can make it a pain to get on while installed and a hassle to remove to wash. If you leave it in, it gets twisted up, which probably wouldn't happen if they used 3 or 4 loops. I just permanently removed mine, since I have enough miles and endurance to not get saddle sore any more--you'd get saddle sore even with a chamois and good saddle when starting out and doing long miles.
My favorite remains the Royal Stealth, but they are more expensive even without a removable liner+chamois. That and I have a slick matching jersey.
May 31, 2010
These shorts are incredible. They absolutely beat the snot out of the Oakley shorts I had before. They fit like they were tailored for me, and they are so comfortable I could wear them around the house all day. The chamois inside is great too, it feels more natural when you are walking around (very little "diaper" feel), but provides all-day-ride comfort even on aggressive saddles. There are pockets everywhere, and generous crotch vents. I am definitely getting a backup pair.