Shredly MTB Short Review
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|Pros||Fun patterns, good stretch, comfortable||Lightweight, four-way stretch, excellent fit, breathable, super comfortable||Great fit, smart waist adjustment, usable pockets, lightweight, comfortable||Durable material, 13-inch inseam works well with kneepads, comfortable||Lightweight, breathable, many pockets, affordable|
|Cons||Awkward waist adjusters, no zippered pocket||Not as protective for burly terrain, openings in pockets make them less secure||Not waterproof, slim fit may not work for all riders||Not the most breathable, a little heavy||Not water resistant, runs large, velcro waist adjusters|
|Bottom Line||Shredly MTB Shorts are comfortable, durable, and have wild style||One of the best fitting shorts we have ever tested, with a minimalist design, lightweight, and a high level of comfort||Really comfortable and lightweight shorts that fit well, have great pockets, and look good on and off the bike||For all day, big rides in technical terrain the Airmatic is protective, comfortable, and durable||A very functional pair of mountain bike shorts that are lightweight and super affordable|
|Rating Categories||Shredly MTB Short||Patagonia Dirt Roamer||Specialized Trail C...||100% Airmatic - Wom...||Zoic Navaeh|
|Fit and Comfort (30%)|
|Pedal Friendliness (30%)|
|Specs||Shredly MTB Short||Patagonia Dirt Roamer||Specialized Trail C...||100% Airmatic - Wom...||Zoic Navaeh|
|Shell Fabric||90% polyester, 10% spandex||90-denier 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex with 4-way stretch and a DWR finish||Vaporize woven fabric||Polyester, elastane||86% polyester, 14% spandex|
|Lining Main Fabric||None||None||None||None||None|
|Chamois||Sold seperately||Sold separately||None||None||None|
|Inseam Measurement||10.5 in||12.5 in||11.5 in||13 in||11 in|
|Number of pockets||3||2||4||3||4|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Shredly makes the MTB Short in both vented (tested) and non-vented versions. The color we tested is no longer available, but they come in a range of colors and fun prints from plain to wild. -May 2022
Tired of boring, plain, solid mountain bike shorts? If you like patterns and color while you ride, then the Shredly MTB Short is calling your name. Oh yeah, and they are darn comfortable, too. These will serve you well on almost any kind of ride. They are lightweight and ventilated for hot days, have a long enough inseam to offer decent protection from brush, and are comfortable enough to pedal all day long.
Fit and Comfort
Shredly is a company founded by a woman who rides, and you can tell! The shorts fit really well and are cut to be flattering and fun. They are bulkier than some of the other shorts in the test, but overall the sizing is accurate.
The waist adjusters on the MTB Short consist of buttons and stretchy nylon on the inside of the waistband. They are not super sleek, but they work. If you need to cinch a lot of fabric, it gathers on the sides and the flaps of nylon have nowhere to go, but only one of our testers found this to be a problem.
The MTB Short is made of lightweight polyester and has a 10 1/2-inch inseam to provide good coverage. While our testers wanted heavier weight fabric and a longer inseam for full-on downhill riding, they trusted the MTB Short in the rock gardens and on steep descents.
The short has roomy legs and barely enough length to work with kneepads - most riders will have a narrow gap while seated. Shredly also makes a longer short for those with longer legs and anyone who wants more coverage.
These shorts are equipped with long zippered vents on top of the thighs. For hot days in the saddle, these are awesome for ventilating your legs. They do add some bulk and might look a little funny, but if you run hot, you will appreciate the functionality.
There was no issue with shorts slipping down as we pedaled, nor was there a gap in the back. With 4-way stretch fabric that moves well as we pedaled and descended on the bike, the MTB Short is one of the most comfortable shorts we tested.
There are 3 pockets on the Shredly's, two hand pockets that are open from the waistband, and one snap pocket on the right outer thigh. We loved the placement of the third pocket but were less enamored of the snap, which is a large faceted jewel-like plastic. The flap of fabric adds extra bulk to the shorts without the benefit of securing our valuables. In general, we prefer a zipper for easy visual confirmation that our valuables are secure, and for the low profile.
Shredly shorts stand out on the trail, and you know them when you see them. Notable for their wild, colorful, and fun fabrics, we tested the Graciela, which is fairly subdued compared to the rest of the Shredly lineup. Our testers all gave a thumbs up to the flowery pattern and the relaxed look. We did not like as much the fake jewel snaps, which seemed large, bulky, and a little tacky compared to the classiness of the shorts, overall.
The MTB Short is a great choice for ladies that want to bring some color and fun to their biking kit. Shredly has updated their prints since we tested, and there are plenty of fun colorful prints, as well as more subtle options to choose from.
The Shredly shorts fall around the median price of the shorts we tested. Overall the fit is good, the shorts ride well and they are well made (in the USA!). We think they are worth the money.
Shredly's patterns can be a little wild style for everyday rides, but they are really comfortable shorts that will suit most of your riding needs. Some details are not as finessed as other shorts we tested, such as the waist adjusters and the snap pocket, but if you are looking for something fun and functional to wear mountain biking, these are for you.
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