Bombproof DH shorts, but not made for skinny people
By Varaxis August 18, 2010
These shorts are extremely rugged. These are not casual or XC shorts. These things were meant to scream DH, save your skin in a crash, and come out looking good--it's even colored to better hide the dirt and possible blood. It has a simple mesh inner lining without a chamois and has really sturdy nylon material (feels like a weatherproofer-coated cordura). I'm a fan of the dual snap fly, waist cinches, and pockets I can easily get my hands into, but the front pocket openings are a bit tall (I'd prefer wider) to the point I'd worry about contents spilling out (back pockets are narrow). It doesn't have much venting, so it'll be very hot.
Size SM and XS run very large, but have straps along the waist to cinch it down to size. I have a 27" waist and SM fit poorly, exchanged it for XS and found it to be just as loose. Feels almost as if they just tagged a medium short with XS and S and didn't really cut it any differently.
This is a solidly built pair of shorts. It's not designed for comfort or convenience--it's just straight up tough. If you tear through shorts and want something that you can drag on gravel and endure all sorts of other abuse, this may be the short you're looking for, unless you have a waist skinnier than 30". If you're looking for an everyday riding short, look elsewhere. I recommend the Jett Raptor for XC/AM weekend warrior types.
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