They Say – Our most popular waist shorts with a multi-density ProGelâ„¢ 3D pad delivering ultimate comfort in the saddle, keeping you riding longer.
- Altura Dryâ„¢ technology is engineered to move excess moisture away from the skin, keeping you dry and comfortable
- Altura ProGelâ„¢ 3D mold construction pad. Featuring ProGelâ„¢ and Altura Dryâ„¢ technology
- Body mapping mesh zones for enhanced breathability
- Integrated silicon grip detailing delivers enhanced fit
- Strategically located retroreflective trims for increased visibility
We Say – At the risk of upsetting any serious cyclists reading this, as someone from a running background I have to admit I find some of the clothing cyclists wear a little strange…
For example, their jerseys have pockets in the back only a contortionist could reach… they wear shoes over their cycling shoes to make them waterproof (surely shoes should be waterproof anyway?!)… but without a doubt the strangest piece of cycling apparel Iâ€™ve come across are bib-shorts. I can understand the logic â€“ wearing an item of clothing with shoulder straps stops them from riding down (similar in effect and appearance to the old fashioned â€˜belt and bracesâ€™ people would wear to keep their trousers up) – but from first impressions they donâ€™t look comfortable and with them fitting so high, how on earth would you manage toilet breaks?
To find out I put Alturaâ€™s â€˜Peloton ProGelâ€™ bib shorts through their paces as I trained for, and took part in, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile sportive.
Iâ€™ll have to admit I was quite surprised how comfortable the shorts were as I tested them throughout a number of training rides and spin classes. Iâ€™d expected some irritation from the shoulder straps but as theyâ€™re made from a mesh material with great elasticity, after a short while youâ€™ll forget the straps are there. The ProGel pad also lived up to its claims with a larger footprint than other cycling shorts Iâ€™ve tested, and the generous amount of padding seemed to fit comfortably on the border of enough padding for comfort, but not too much padding that you feel youâ€™re wearing an adult nappy.
Race day arrived! As I was filming an event video for the charity â€˜CLIC Sargentâ€™ I planned to take my time during the ride which would mean an expected finish time of 6+ hours… Now thatâ€™s a long time to spend sitting on a saddle, but during all my training rides I hadnâ€™t experienced any pain or discomfort so I was confident the time in my seat wouldnâ€™t be a problem with these shorts.
As expected the shoulder straps meant toilets breaks were a nightmare as the waist-band is so high you had to almost fully undress in order to pull the shorts down, but although the ride actually took me just over 6 and a half hours Iâ€™m pleased to say I finished the event totally pain-free! The shorts were a huge success â€“ so much so that Iâ€™m considering using them when I complete the 112 mile cycle during my first ever Full Distance Triathlon at Challenge Roth next summer!
If thereâ€™s one thing Iâ€™ve learnt about long-distance cycling itâ€™s that you canâ€™t buy cheap when it comes to kit (as I discovered the hard way when experiencing â€˜numbnessâ€™ from using poorly-padded shorts during a previous 100 mile cycling sportive!) however with a RRP of Â£54.99 and online cycle shops such as Wiggle or Evans regularly selling them even cheaper, this kit wonâ€™t break the bank and is incredible value for money. We canâ€™t wait to test more Altura kit on the road to Roth!