The Aeron Race shorts are dhb’s second-tier bib shorts, coming in just above the Aeron model. As such they have a few slight improvements over the lower model and there’s obviously been a lot of thought put into where to invest that extra money.
The first element is the pad, which is a multi-density composition as well as being contoured and scored to improve flexibility. The pad is comfortable enough for most ride lengths and I had no problems with these on rides up to 4hrs, but for anything longer I’d have preferred something with a bit more padding. That being said, it’s a comfortable pad that’s fairly thick and well ventilated keeping you cool and dry in the saddle.
Outside of the pad, the shorts have Action 205 and carbon fibre performance stretch fabrics made of 80 percent nylon and 20 percent Spandex. It’s a good material that offers flex while keeping the fit fairly tight but never restricts movement. Keeping the material together, dhb have used flat-lock stitching throughout to stop rubbing and abrasion while riding.
Bibs are made from a fairly thick mesh which wicks sweat effectively. There’s a fair amount of stretch to them, meaning they’ll fit a variety of body sizes, which is very important as leg and body length can vary widely. They’re comfortable for long rides, with a strip along the edge of the mesh to keep them in place.
At the leg openings the hems are elasticated and have a strong silicone gripper to prevent them riding up. They work well and feel secure, and didn’t shift around noticeably even in the wet or after several hours of riding.
Design-wise, the shorts are fairly nice, with a triangle of colour (white in this case). The white flat lock stitching on black also works well, not only in itself but also to conceal the other black stitching throughout the rest of the shorts. The only element I’d like to see improved is the durability of the logos on the shorts, which have started to crack after only a few washes. It’s a shame because it doesn’t reflect the quality evident in the rest of the construction.
At £50, these represent good value for money. The pad and stitching wouldn’t be out of place on more expensive models, but if the quality of the logos were to be increased they’d be an even better deal.
Overall, I was impressed with the shorts. They’re based around a quality pad and this, combined with the flat lock stitching and solid fabric choice means they’re strong and dependable. The logos could certainly be more durable, but aside from that they’re hard to fault as an upgrade or starter set of shorts.
– Well priced
– Quality stitching throughout
– Good pad
– Logos could be better quality