Ride's Prologue 2 waist shorts are made from a 190g weight Lycra that is comfortable next to the skin and provides good breathability in a range of temperatures.
With no bib straps, it's down to the elasticated waist band to keep the shorts in place. Ultimately, they're not as comfortable as bib shorts, but I was impressed with how comfortable they were considering. They're well suited to short rides, commuting or for donning under a pair of jeans, baggy or touring shorts, without incurring the fuss of bib straps.
They're constructed with flat-lock seams which improves comfort against the skin, and the multi-panel design is anatomical so they fit around the legs really nicely. Silicone gripper tape around the leg openings stops the shorts riding up out of place. A couple of reflective logos boosts visibility.
Inside the short is a medium density Dr.Pad Doc35 Bicolour padded insert. It has a variable thickness, from 3 to 6mm, and this ensures it's a slim insert yet with enough depth of padding to keep you comfortable, even on longer jaunts. Considering the asking price for these shorts, it's brilliant to get such a comfortable pad.
Five sizes from S to XXL are available.
Affordable and comfortable cycling shorts without the bib straps, also good for slipping under jeans or touring shorts.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Ride Prologue 2 Waistshorts
Size tested: Black, Medium
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?
Silicone leggrippers to hold position reliably and comfortably
190 gram lycra for stable fit and breathability
Matt finish outer
Reflective logo front and rear for excellent visibility
Elasticated fitted waist
Flat-lock seems for excellent comfort against the skin
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mutli-panel Anatomic Fit
Medium Density Dr.Pad Doc35 Bicolour Insert
Insert Details: 3 to 6mm thickness transition with 30-65kg Densit
The flat-lock seams improve comfort
I'm not usually a fan of waist shorts, but these are pretty comfortable. They're well suited to shorter rides, or wearing under trousers for commuting or baggy shorts for touring
Yes very good so far
ltimately, they're not as comfortable as bib shorts, but I was impressed with how comfortable they were considering
Considering the quality and comfort of the insert, they're very good value
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They ticked the boxes
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The insert and good fit of the shorts
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.