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As with the Body suit, these bermuda shorts from Odlo are probably going to provoke a Marmite-esque love or hate reaction in people. Personally, I love them, but I've already been accused of dubious taste, so decide for yourself!
They are a baggy style short, primarily aimed at the mountain biking sorority, but as with most baggies, suitable to more relaxed casual style street riding as well.
They come in a variety of colour options such as striped, hot pink and even basic black. I particularly liked the striped colourway, as it reminded me subtly of deckchairs in a retro summery way. The hot pink looks great too.
The outers are a stretch fabric that is well cut, and features one of my favourite waistband details, a Velcro waist adjuster, so there's no gaping at the back of the waist- although there are belt loops for those who like a belt.
There are two side pockets, two rear Velcro pockets, a small zipped pocket in one thigh and venting holes in the legs that are also a design feature.
The liner shorts are made from highly breathable stretch mesh fabric, and are easily removable with a press stud and loop fastening to the outers to secure them in place. They have soft leg grippers and a good quality female specific synthetic pad which uses Odlo's 'High Protection' design which is their medium level of pad.
Given that they are baggies, these are definitely best suited to wear on more upright bikes such as hybrids and tourers or mountain bikes, but as such they are an extremely comfortable option.
The outer shorts have a good amount of flex in the fabric to prevent any feeling of constriction on the thighs when riding, and the inner shorts have a pad that works well, giving good levels of comfort for rides short or long. The pad moulds well to the body and isn't too bulky, yet does the trick nicely at improving ride comfort.
£130 is a lot for a pair of shorts, but they are available for less in some places (Wiggle currently have them on sale for £104). What you are paying for is technology advanced enough that AG2R were racing in Odlo kit, and a genuinely different looking product, not just another black pair of baggy cycling shorts.
They are well made and they will last well too. Just make sure you can outride the fashion police!
Casual beach style short with a performance liner for laid back summery rides, but at a price.
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Make and model: Odlo Loop Bermudas
Size tested: Size Med/Striped
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?
Aimed at mountain bikers and riders who demand technical performance from a padded short but in a casual package.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
86% polyester/14% elastane
92% polyamide/8% elastane
2 side pockets
2 rear velcro pockets
1 thigh zipped pockets
Machine washable at 30
Available in sizes XS-XXL (size Med roughly equivalent to UK12)
Excellent fabrics and well made.
Good quality comfortable pad and good moisture transport from both inner and outer shorts.
Good quality fabric but lightweight and therefore slightly less durable.
Excellent levels of comfort from both outer and padded liner.
A lot of money in anyone's book and hard to fully justify it.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed very well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Style (yes, personal preference!), cut, fit, waist adjustment, quality and comfort of pad.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much.
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely, but only in the sale.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
These look a bit different and are good quality but are definitely on the pricy side.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.