The Royal Storm Short is breathable and 100% waterproof trail short ensures top-notch comfort with construction and fabric. Royal employs a ratchet style closure to ensure a tailored feel. The Victory Race Short is constructed with waterproof and breathable 3 layer fabric that features a 4-way stretch to compliment your range of motion on the bike.
Royal Storm Short Features
Fully waterproof, breathable and stretchy "3 layer" 10,000MVP fabric
I bought these shorts for wet or post-rain rides when things get sloppy. I've worn these shorts approximately 10 times.
Fit: I'm not too crazy about the fit of these. They fit snugly around the hips, but the waistband is too baggy for me. If I went a size smaller, I wouldn't be able to get the fly done up. I wish there was an option to wear a belt, but unfortunately all you get is a really poorly designed ratcheting buckle. It enables you to tighten the waist up a bit, but maxes out on tightness quickly. When it gets rainy, I like to tuck my baselayer into my shorts to prevent cold air flowing through, but these shorts don't get tight enough to hold it in. So any water that gets thrown up onto my back ends up right down the crack of these shorts after a while.
Most regular people will find the length of these suitable. I'm 6'5, so I don't fall into that category. They are fine when I am standing up, but when pedaling the shorts do come up and my kneepads are mostly exposed. So when it is raining, instead of water dripping off onto the ground it pours directly onto my kneepads .
Waterproofing. These shorts did reflect water pretty well at first. But, I still found that water was getting in somehow. Probably from the poor fitting waistband and water coming in from above. I also found that the underside of the butt that would be in contact with the saddle was pretty soggy after today's rain-ride. So after just a few uses and one wash, the waterproofing appears to be wearing out already. I gave it a spray of DWR coating and hopefully that will fix things.
Storage: the pockets on these are great. They're nice a deep, allowing you to keep a phone and maybe something else on top of it. I wish all companies made really deep pockets on their shorts to allow you to store things against your upper leg vs jammed right into your hips. The pockets aren't waterproofed though, so whatever sweat and moisture building up on your body can transfer to whatever is inside the mesh pocket. Water from outside did not appear to be getting in, so that is a plus.
Overall, I would have spent my money elsewhere had I know how annoying the waistband and useless the belt thing is. I feel I would need to tape the top of the waistband onto my body or something to make it comfortable and to stop water from pouring in. But...they do keep me more dry than other shorts I have, so that is a plus, and they are far cheaper than comparable products made of Gore or Polartech. If you're willing to live with that, then you may enjoy these shorts.
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