DHB ladies Dyno baggy shorts with removable padded liner

 

Performance baggies, packed with features, that work as well on the daily commute, as they do on serious off road routes.  Made with four way stretch fabric, a wide waistband, secure pockets and a detachable padded liner – these shorts deliver way above expectation based on the price tag.

 

DHB ladies Dyno baggy shorts with removable padded liner 

 

You can easily pay over £100 for a pair of decent, trail-ready baggies, so for just under £70, it would be fair to expect something a little on the flimsy side, but it seems dhb have cornered the market in budget and performance.  Certainly, the dhb ladies dyno baggy short could easily be mistaken for something from the trendier, pricier and branded part of the market.

 

In fact, the dhb logo is quite hard to find on these shorts and they look quite similar to other pairs of top of the range baggies we’ve had on test, but it was nevertheless a real surprise to find they performed just as well too.  The material is a stretchy, decently weighted but highly breathable fabric and the seams are well constructed and show no signs of wear after a lot of abuse during testing.  In addition, they have been given a water repellent treatment that has the added benefits of repelling dirt and ensuring they dry quickly if they do get wet.

 

The double popper on the waist band and zip fastener are sensibly tough, and the rubberised gripper on the inside of the waistband at the back keeps them perfectly in place and prevents too much kidney exposure.  The lower back coverage is also assisted by the shaping of the waistband, which is slightly wider at the back – simple but clever!

 

The fit is great for girls. They are designed to sit on the hip, but you can synch in the waist at the sides with easy Velcro tabs to make it just right for you, and the wide waistband sits flat.  The legs have plenty of room in them for “sportful thighs” without being flappy and the length is spot on for hiding your bumpy bits, whilst not getting in the way of trail diva shenanigans.

 

dhb haven’t held back on the features, either.  Features that you normally only get when you fork out an arm and a leg, that make you feel better about the spend!  There’s a neat little removable (and therefore washable) sunglasses wipe clipped into one of the pockets, and the mini carabiner is fixed into both pockets, so you can clip your keys into the other one if you like.  There is also a secure rear zip pocket, which is has a thoughtfully reinforced zip, because you just know it’ll get a beating.

 

These shorts aren’t designed for prancing and preening in, though.  There is venting and that means they are designed for effort.  The micro holes in the back, above your bum, and on in the inside thigh add a little bit of extra air flow to help cool you down when the going gets tough.  The removable liner also has mesh side panels and the pad is acceptable for a ride of up to a few hours, although anything more and you’ll want a proper pair of padded shorts on underneath.

 

These shorts compare very favourably to the branded offers and even have the edge in terms of build quality and extra features.  Like a lot of dhb kit, these should be considered a wardrobe staple for mountain bikers and commuters who want a piece of kit that looks good, but also performs as you’d hope.  Expect comfort and expect no disappointment; the Dynos get a big thumbs up from us.

 

Sizes: 8-16

Colour: Black

Price: RRP £69.99 (but £62.99 at time of going to press Apr 2013)

Website: wiggle.co.uk dhb ladies dyno baggy short

 

Value for money: 9/10

Performance: 9/10

 

Tested by Fi Wilson

 

 

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