One of the things common to people buying their first set of shorts is that they’re after something that looks good as well as gets the job done. Finding both those qualities for under £70 is pretty rare, but OneTen – Chain Reaction Cycles’ own apparel brand – have very nearly managed it with this set.
The pad is always the place to start with a set of shorts, as that’s the business end. OneTen have chosen to use a CyTech pad which, although it’s certainly not top of the line, performs better than many other pads I’ve used. The multi-densities used in the pad offer a high level of comfort.
Using these shorts over several long rides I found that up to around the three hour mark they kept me really comfortable, but after that I did experience a little discomfort, although nothing too major. I don’t think I’d choose these for a century ride, but otherwise they work well.
At this price, though, some sacrifices have to be made and one of these is the lack of flatlock stitching, which is a fairly common missing feature on cheaper shorts. Still, I didn’t experience any rubbing, because the stitching they have used seems to be of a good quality. The material used is also at the lower end, but not enough to really make much difference to the overall quality, but it doesn’t provide much insulation which certainly limits them to summer use only.
The grippers on the bottom of the shorts are effective, and stopped them riding up at all during testing. Those silicone grippers housed in the elongated hem of the shorts, and are the defining design feature. I tested the version with the white band at the bottom which, despite the fairly large OneTen branding on the front, looks quietly understated. These combine with the plain black main colour very well and the overall look works.
Up top, the bibs are effective, with meshing above the waist providing an adequate level of ventilation and comfort. The thickened outer of the straps prevent twisting and discomfort, and they’re also wide enough to stop them digging into the shoulders.
At £59.99 these bib shorts are decent value, and if you can find them for less than £50, as they often are on Chain Reaction Cycles, I reckon they’re be a steal. OneTen haven’t created the most complex or technical bib shorts, but they have managed to carefully consider what most people want then created affordable bib shorts to suit.
– Good looking
– Well priced
– Lack of flat lock stitching
– Not the best for longer rides