Shutt VR Standard Bib Shorts  £39.00

7/10

Basic bib shorts at a good price; you don't get the highest quality features here, but that's reflected in the cost

Weight 182g   Contact  www.shuttvr.com

by Mat Brett   April 5, 2011  

Shutt VR's Standard Bibs are decent shorts considering the £39 price tag. You don't get the high-end features of more expensive offerings but for this kind of money, you can't complain. You might be able to get bib shorts a little cheaper than these if you hunt around, but not by much.

The Lycra used here isn't the thickest or most supportive fabric ever, and it's pretty shiny stuff but, you know... 39 quid. The six-panel legs are a little shorter than normal; sitting a few inches above your knee, they're held in place by old-style grippers - the sort with wavy strands of elastic rather than silicone bands - that work well enough to stop them riding up too easily. They're not high tech but they do the job.

These shorts are flat stitched throughout and there has been no uncomfortable rubbing on long rides. On the latest version, unlike our pictured pair, the stitching is contrast coloured, and Shutt's colour-bar tab is slightly different too - check out Shutt's website for several pics.

Obviously, you're not going to get gel padding at this price. Instead, you get a simple foam seatpad that does an okay job. It squashes down quite easily so I found myself yearning for something with more cushioning on rides longer than about an hour, but it provides basic protection. The pad is stretchy enough too while channels in the padding add a degree of ventilation and the CoolMax face fabric shifts sweat away from you well. Similarly, the mesh bib section allows air to circulate around your upper body while the straps are wide enough to spread the pressure comfortably.

Overall, these are reasonable shorts. Okay, none of the various features is top-quality, but that's to be expected for the cash. Personally, I'd prefer to spend more on a higher performance, but that's a question of priorities. If you're on a budget and you want something that'll do a basic job, these are a good buy.

Verdict

Basic bib shorts at a good price; you don't get the highest quality features here, but that's reflected in the cost

road.cc test report

Make and model: Shutt VR Standard Bib Shorts

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Shutt VR say, "Constructed from super soft lycra these six panel SVR bib shorts offer supreme performance in a very stylish package. With flat locked contrast stitching, mesh back and DuPont CoolMAX pad, they are designed with comfort in mind... With contrasting stitching on the straps and the Shutt Colour band on the leg these look every inch the quality bib shorts they are. The design is cut slightly higher on the thigh than more contemporary designs hence customers referring to them as the 'Sean Yates Shorts.' A firm favourite with our customers, men and women, they regularly give us 10/10 for fit and value, telling us that they are by far the best bib shorts for under £50."

I'd rather pay more for shorts with higher-level features, notably when it comes to the seat pad, but at this price you won't do any better

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
5/10

The level of performance is basic, but that's reflected in the price

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
6/10

As with overall performance, comfort isn't especially high because that's largely down to the seat pad, which is basic. But for the money, it's still good.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Value is where these score highest.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah, they're basic, but do a reasonable job

Would you consider buying the product? No, I'd rather spend more for higher quality shorts

Would you recommend the product to a friend? For someone on a budget

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

1 user comments

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Looks like a bird in the tree above him has crapped on his leg Wink

Oh btw, why the need for the helmet.

S

Sean

posted by seanieh66 [193 posts]
14th December 2011 - 8:21

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