- excellent cut, fits well
- waist cinch band very secure
- breathable material
- material stains easily
- pocket position restrictive
- not 100% waterproof
Scott Trail Storm Shorts are a well-fitting, adjustable and breathable pair of shorts that work well at light waterproof duties. Unfortunately, the material isn’t fully waterproof for those prolonged mid-winter bum-soaking days out.
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These shorts are made with breathable 3-layer fabric, taped seams and water-resistant zippers. It's clear these shorts are designed with wet weather riding in mind. The fabric isn't stretchy; however, the cut is well constructed to give plenty of material in the right places. This means there are no restrictions and, although a relaxed fit, they are by no means baggy. The length of the leg has clearly been cut with knee pads in mind; this means it's generous enough to cover the pad whilst pedalling.
The waist cinch system is refreshingly sturdy, using a hook to fix the waistband at the desired adjustment. This is a fix and forget system and ensures the shorts won’t slip down even when caked in heavy, clingy mud. The only pockets are on the tops of each thigh; these are basic but secure; however, due to their position, you can’t put too much in them before they become restrictive during pedalling.
I have found washing at the recommended 30-degrees doesn’t shift standard mud stains, particularly around the saddle area. This is most evident in the orange colour but would be much less noticeable on the black colourway.
The waterproof credentials have been tested with some particularly soggy trails this winter. The shorts did a good job of shrugging off the odd puddle splash. However, they start to let the damp in after prolonged wet rides. That said, they still performed much better than a regular short, and even when soaked through, the material doesn't stick like some can be. Although there are no ventilation areas in the shorts, the material breathes well and at no point did I feel heat build-up.
Retailing at £109, these are by no means a cheap option. Endura’s MT500 waterproof shorts came in a little cheaper at £100 and were well-rated by Liam. For £75, you could get Altura’s All Road waterproof shorts, which performed well but check the fitment before you buy; see our review here.
The Scott Trail Storm shorts work well as an autumnal or spring piece of clothing to shrug off the worst of the mud and puddle splashes. They’re breathable and well-cut to fit the requirements of trail riding; however, the orange colourway stains easily, and their waterproof abilities are lacking for full wet weather. If you want a fully waterproof seat of shorts to keep your bum dry, you may need to look elsewhere.