WEAR IT! Everyone needs quality riding kit, and if you're on your bike a lot then chances are you'll need a few spares in your wardrobe too.
But we're often amazed at how much basics like padded shorts, and MTB essentials like quality baggies, can cost. If you wanted three pairs of padded cycling shorts - one to wear, one spare and one in the wash - you could easily end up paying £75 or more. What? For three pairs of shiny stretchy pants?? And as for fifty-quid baggies...
There has to be another way, and when we found a long-established sportswear supplier turning out great quality kit at very decent prices we knew we'd found it.
'Viper' padded cycling shorts
Top quality shorts for comfort on the longest of rides.
Featuring anatomical eight-panel flatlock-stitched construction using four-way stretch hi-density nylon/spandex fabric. Superior 15mm three-layer tapered anti-bacterial chamois pad, silicon leg grippers and reflective graphic detailing. Ensures that muscles are kept insulated and supported.
We could have chosen a cheaper short but we'd have been compromising on quality and spec. For a little bit more there's no need to compromise on anything.
'Viper' superior padded cycle short £13.50
'Breeze' three-quarter length MTB baggies
Rugged and stylish three-quarter length MTB shorts in black - perfect for all-mountain riding, enduro, DH or whatever.
These tough, lightweight and well ventilated high-performance shorts bear a remarkable resemblance to a simlar model made by a manufacturer that shares its name with a cunning and bushy-tailed wild animal...
They come with a rear stretch panel for manoeuvrability, twin velcro waist adjusters for optimum fit and two zipped thigh pockets. Extremely hard-wearing polyester fabric, fully lined with wicking mesh and with reinforced stitching for increased durability.
These would be an excellent buy at pretty much any price - at well under twenty five quid they're a steal!
Breeze three-quarter length baggy shorts £22.50
A note on sizing
We gave some shorts to one of our product testers to try on. He has a 33 inch (84cm) waist and 'biggish' upper legs - about 23 inches (58cm) (all muscle apparently). Going by waist size alone he'd be a medium, and the medium 'Breeze' baggies fitted great. But the medium 'Viper' padded shorts were a little tight on the leg - okay but a bit snug. Sure they're supposed to be quite tight, but the large felt more comfortable.
'Breeze' baggies are typically three-quarter length if you're around 5'5" to around 5'9", below-knee length if you're around 5'10" to 6'2", and about knee length if you're around 6'3" to 6'5".