The Good: Zip vents, lots of pockets (some zipped), soft fabric on the front/top of the quad area and waist without stitching to prevent chafing, secure double snap fly, waist cinch, well contoured cut around waist, awesome construction quality
The Bad: Chamois fits a bit odd. Short fly. Pockets are a bit shallow. Inseam doesn't quite reach the knee.
This model is their XC offering. Not perfect, but significantly better than any other short in this general price range that I've tried. The first pair I grab for going on rides with lots of pedaling. Unbelievably comfy and relatively good looking.
It has a supple shell, with a soft hand and a high TPI like weave that feels softer than the Jett Hornet (AM model; ) and the Lightning (DH model). The inseam comes down to about 3" above the knee in 28" and leaves that large amount of skin, in the area between my knee/shin pads and the bottom of the short legs, that typically gets covered by other brands like Dakine, Sombrio, etc. They're sufficiently cool in the summer and don't feel like they're all soaked with sweat or stinky after a ride. Guys who have tried shorts that have a waist that comes up a bit high, fairly close to their belly button and have moments where their bellies are a bit bigger and have had button snaps come undone from leaning forward/tucking, will appreciate the dual snaps and the lower cut in the front. I personally always look for dual snaps; it happens to me (ex. older Sombrio Wildcard and Oakley shorts) even though I'm super skinny. It's just bad short design. The pockets are cut with a wide opening that allows easy gloved access.
I haven't yet had any tears, but I haven't ripped any bike specific shorts except for a pair of Dakine 8-Track shorts. The Dakine ripped in a superman like crash where I got thrown off balance by smacking into a tree while trying to turn right. I had a digicam in my pocket and it ripped in that area, through both the shell and the pocket material. Cheap materials in that Dakine, but I appreciate the fit and style. I won't be buying Dakine again with Jett and Royal being on top of the game. Royal seems to have styles I don't like and inseams that are too short. They also have a short fly and shallow pockets. Instead of zips, they use vent panels. For the money, Jett seems to beat them.
The chamois fits a bit forward than I'm used to. The rear barely reaches my sit bones and the front covers as much as an athletic cup. I guess Jett wants to protect the jewels and not make it like a maxi pad like every other brand. I have the liner permanently removed.
Overall, this is totally one of the first pairs of shorts that I'd look to buy if I needed another pair of shorts. They seem to be improving on them each year. Their older model had white liners which looked like underwear when viewed through the vent zips. They were also an ugly brown color, which seemed to be the only color. Due to the comfy fit, they're still one of my favorites. I almost have a mtn bike short for each day of the week, but I could be coerced into buying another if it pops up for sale to retire a short that doesn't get much use.
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