Long and relatively loose ladies riding shorts with a liner that really hit the spot where comfort and performance are concerned
Mar 1 2018
Shorts and 3/4s
Long length covers knee
Withstand muddy days and washing well
Would prefer a more substantial liner
You want a loose 'enduro' short with included liner for trail riding
The Scott Trail 10 shorts are a relaxed ladies all mountain short that have ticked all the boxes where style and performance are concerned. It refreshing to see a short that is long enough in the leg to prevent any nasty thigh gap, there’s not much we don’t like about these shorts!
The Trail 10’s are designed to be a trail short for all day and any day use. The loose fit and over the knee length will be a hit for knee pad wearers and the stretchy, flexible material is uber comfy. Scott use their DUROxpand fabric with 4-way stretch, in the real world this means the shorts have a lot of ‘give’ and don’t ruck up when pedalling. The fabric also has another of Scott’s ‘DURO’ features, this time DUROshade with UV protection (UPF30+) for those hot and sunny alpine adventures that these shorts were made for.
I tested the Trail 10’s in autumn and winter, so whilst I can’t account for the UV protection I can vouch for the DWR coating which has kept trail spray at bay and is still working many washes later. The chamois pad included with the shorts is for minimalist, any whilst the thin pad offers some protection with little bulk, I need something more padded for all day adventures. The mesh fabric of the lycra and the short leg length point towards clear summer riding intentions too.
I wore a size medium which fitted well on my size 10 shape, if a little on the large side, I’d fit in a small too I reckon, only those weren’t in stock with Scott at the time if the test. The fit is flattering, the shorts aren’t too tight on the thighs and as I’ve mentioned they are of a good length, dropping down over even my most bulky kneepads – nice work Scott!
Feature-wise, Scott keeps it pretty simple, there are two zippered pockets, on on the right hip and one on the left leg. The leg pocket has an inner mesh pocket to store small items like a mobile, not necessary really but a good thought. The shorts are fastened by two durable poppers and winched in via the normal Velcro hip adjusters, which I’m pleased to say, lie flat against the hips without hooking up on jersey material.
I’m a fan of Scott kit for its clean lines and cool styling, every piece I’ve tested so far (Trail 20 Jersey and the AR MTB Boa Shoes) has resulted in top marks and a happy comfortable rider, at £100 for the shorts and liner, these are great value too. The Trail 10 shorts are no different, they are a robust, good looking number for ladies who ride hard in all conditions.
Scott say "The SCOTT Trail 10 loose fit women’s shorts are relaxed, comfortable and have all the features to go along with them. Not only is the fabric UV-protective and offers a 4-way stretch for optimal freedom of movement on the bike, but it also has a DWR treatment to keep you dry and comfortable all day long. On top of all these features, there are also 2 side pockets for anything you need while on the trail, and an attached inner mesh pocket to hold your mobile phone."
Yes, I'd probably buy a Small pair rather than medium
Rachael is happiest on two wheels, she's been riding bikes for a good few years now after horses got too expensive! Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. She's been writing - for publications such as Mountain Biking UK and Flow magazine - for as long as she's been riding and is equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories.