You'll notice a cooler you with a pair of Bellwether Newton shorts. They feature Powergrid Flash material that provides both excellent compression as well as improved airflow. A Physio Pro Carbon, high-density chamois provides superior padding, amazingly quick moisture evaporation and an ergonomic fit that contours to your body. Toss in flatlock seams to eliminate chafing and you've got the perfect choice for comfort over as many miles as you choose to pedal.
Multi-layer, denier gradient knitted fabric wicks moisture away from skin
Grid surface keeps air flowing for max cooling
4D high-density chamois utilizes carbon spacer knit technology to ensure rapid evaporation of moisture
Laser cut, stretch band on leg hem keeps shorts in place
I really wanted to like these shorts, but on just the first ride in them I found myself debating whether I disliked them or simply hated them. The answer fell soundly into the hate column by the ride's end. The chamois isn't bad, and the padding isn't the worst I've ever ridden, but as a whole, these shorts have no right to ask such a stratospheric retail price while giving such lackluster returns on that investment.
First problem--the leg grippers are so poorly constructed that it looked like a pro team sprinter had taken them for a spin before they were shipped to me--the fabric gapped and bunched, and I spent the entire ride pulling the legs of the shorts back down after they continuously rode up my thighs. It would be tempting to think I had just ordered the wrong size, but that's not the case--while the leg elastic is flapping in the wind, the rest of the shorts are vise grip tight and unforgiving.
I've ridden a dozen different brands of shorts over a number of decades, and one theme that runs throughout is that they are by and large supple, elastic, and form fitting. These shorts, on the other hand, are made of a fabric that doesn't follow the contours of the anatomy but instead constantly pleats and folds as it rides up and bunches under use. I fought these shorts more than I fought the 12% grade I rode up while wearing them!
The last insult was the waistband. When I initially pulled them on, I could hear the elastic in the waistband snapping and popping as I pulled them up. That might be understandable if I was a pro football lineman trying to shoehorn myself into a sausage-casing pair of smalls, but I am 6'2" and 195lbs--not runway model thin, but not reality show rotund either. I wear an XL Santini super comfortably, and this XL would be the correct size for my frame if the shorts functioned at all like they should. The waistband failure, coupled with the leg gripper failure leaves the rider with the dual challenge of fighting to keep the legs of the shorts pulled down while simultaneously fighting to keep the shorts themselves up.
Bottom line--I would never waste my money buying these shorts again, so it's my opinion you shouldn't waste your's buying them the first time. On my next ride, I switched back to my old standby Santini's, and it was the difference between night and day, quality vs garbage.
PS--I would return these in an instant, but I foolishly cut out the tags before the ride. As I said, I had really high hopes for these shorts based on how much they cost, but that was my mistake. I get what I deserve for that assumption.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend