Alpines­tars Pathfinder Base shorts £70

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED - Rob

Alpines­tars’ Pathfinder Base shorts are rel­a­tively light­weight trail of­fer­ings, which don’t come with a padded liner. The fab­ric has enough stretch to en­sure that move­ment re­mains un­re­stricted and your bum crack is kept cov­ered when you’re sat down climb­ing. There’s also enough weight to the ma­te­rial that the shorts hang as they should and don’t ride up over your knee pads when ped­alling. The two hip pock­ets are handy for stash­ing things in when off the bike but, with no zips, are more or less re­dun­dant when you’re in the sad­dle. This is ir­ri­tat­ing (though ob­vi­ously less of an is­sue for those car­ry­ing packs), par­tic­u­larly as the only zipped pocket sits half­way down the thigh, which means the con­tents flap around as you turn the cranks or move around the bike. Waist ad­just­ment comes cour­tesy of two Vel­cro tabs, which make it easy to get the fit right. We like the re­ally soft fab­ric that lines the in­side of the waist­band for max­i­mum com­fort. www.zy­rofisher.co.uk

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