Awesome fit and great quality with few issues
By Varaxis August 21, 2010
First off, these are cotton. Unlike many polyesters, these will absorb water, absorb stains, absorb smelly funk, wrinkle, etc. Unlike other cottons, care instructions tell you to only wash cold and do not tumble dry, though not a problem for me since I do that anyways for all my sports wear, but if you leave it in the hamper with other sweaty clothes to accumulate for a bigger wash load, it'll still smell funky after coming out of the wash.
Second, the liner is essentially a cheap version of a spandex biking short with a chamois that fits differently--you get a huge pad for the front of your crotch and has just enough coverage for your sit bones. The liner is attached by a 2 loops on the side that have a button closure. It's cheap and it's a pain in the ass to put on the shorts pre-installed, so I took them out. Thankfully, the inside of the shorts are very lightweight and there's a slick red panel without the extra cuff stitching in front of your quads that cuts down on chafing damage to your skin.
Other than that, the quality is superb. They used a lot more fabric on these shorts than the other Jett shorts. If you need a lot of pockets (6 altogether, 2 being special fleece lined ones) and like a roomier fit these are the best Jett shorts. The camo graphics don't look too gaudy. These are my 3rd favorite shorts, with the Royal Stealth taking top honors and Jett Raptor taking second--the Raptor is more for XC/casual riding and has the slick lining throughout, has a softer brushed polyester microfiber outer, and 2/4 zippered cooling vents (2 can act as pockets), has a more conservative styling that I like, a slimmer fit, and is better engineered overall (such as a built in belt). The Jett Lightning is polyester/nylon, made to be tougher for DH, with a mesh liner along and a similar inner removable short with styling that doesn't fit my tastes.
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