Mavic XA Pro shorts £80

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

The XA Pro shorts ex­ude the qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail we’ve come to ex­pect from Mavic. They’re made from a light­weight ‘Trail Tech’ fab­ric, which feels com­fort­able yet durable, thanks to its dense weave and 11 per cent elas­tane con­tent. A small in­ter­nal key pocket is hid­den near the waist­band and there’s a zipped pocket just above the knee. While these don’t pro­vide enough stor­age to let you ride pack­less, there’s space for the key/card es­sen­tials. On the bike, per­fo­ra­tions on the in­ner thighs aid breatha­bil­ity but un­der­mine the ef­fec­tive­ness of the oth­er­wise sprayre­sis­tant DWR-coated ma­te­rial. Small di­a­mond-shaped grip sec­tions help keep you perched on the saddle, un­til it gets re­ally muddy. Get­ting the siz­ing right is cru­cial, since there’s no waist ad­justa­bil­ity, but we found Mavic’s size chart to be ac­cu­rate and the stretch rear panel al­lows some flex­i­bil­ity. Ben C

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