They Say – Our most popular waist shorts with a multi-density ProGel™ 3D pad delivering ultimate comfort in the saddle, keeping you riding longer.
- Altura Dry™ technology is engineered to move excess moisture away from the skin, keeping you dry and comfortable
- Altura ProGel™ 3D mold construction pad. Featuring ProGel™ and Altura Dry™ 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 I’ve come across are bib-shorts. I can understand the logic – wearing an item of clothing with shoulder straps stops them from riding down (similar in effect and appearance to the old fashioned ‘belt and braces’ people would wear to keep their trousers up) – but from first impressions they don’t look comfortable and with them fitting so high, how on earth would you manage toilet breaks?
To find out I put Altura’s ‘Peloton ProGel’ bib shorts through their paces as I trained for, and took part in, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile sportive.
I’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. I’d expected some irritation from the shoulder straps but as they’re made from a mesh material with great elasticity, after a short while you’ll forget the straps are there. The ProGel pad also lived up to its claims with a larger footprint than other cycling shorts I’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 you’re wearing an adult nappy.
Race day arrived! As I was filming an event video for the charity ‘CLIC Sargent’ I planned to take my time during the ride which would mean an expected finish time of 6+ hours… Now that’s a long time to spend sitting on a saddle, but during all my training rides I hadn’t experienced any pain or discomfort so I was confident the time in my seat wouldn’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 I’m pleased to say I finished the event totally pain-free! The shorts were a huge success – so much so that I’m considering using them when I complete the 112 mile cycle during my first ever Full Distance Triathlon at Challenge Roth next summer!
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about long-distance cycling it’s that you can’t buy cheap when it comes to kit (as I discovered the hard way when experiencing ‘numbness’ from using poorly-padded shorts during a previous 100 mile cycling sportive!) however with a RRP of £54.99 and online cycle shops such as Wiggle or Evans regularly selling them even cheaper, this kit won’t break the bank and is incredible value for money. We can’t wait to test more Altura kit on the road to Roth!