Top critical review
on 20 August 2014
To put this in context, I do quite a lot of recreational cycling – once or twice a week, maybe 5 – 10 miles at a time. I don’t take the question of gear / clothing too seriously and have never tried cycling shorts before, so when I was offered these I was pleased to give them a try.
I can echo comments from other reviewers that they are definitely small for the stated size. When I requested them there was only XS and XL available. Now I’m a healthy size 14 and would have expected to want M or L, so I went for the XL – and I am glad I did. They are certainly not loose on me!
When I put them on, my first thought was “I can’t walk!” – the padding between my legs felt very bulky. But as I moved around they seemed to adjust to my body shape (memory foam, perhaps – or just me getting used to them) and become almost comfortable. Once on my bike they did provide a certain amount of extra padding, but I can’t say that I found them fantastically comfortable. On the whole there seems to be a lot of padding and they feel a bit bulky.
Lastly, I have asked around my friends and looked at various pairs of cycling shorts for comparative purposes. These do seem to be well made with their extra stitching, although I would have liked the pocket to be a little bit bigger (big enough to take a credit card, say). However, at £49.95 (RRP for L & XL) they seem a lot more expensive than other makes and I am not sure that I can see enough difference in quality to justify the price.