I’ve spent about 6 months with the Spectrum Tech Wear Wilson Shorts and I feel that after riding with these shorts for many many miles that it was due for a review.
* 330d Taslon nylon body w/ full nylon thread
* polyester mesh lining
* rear, side, and inner thigh stretch panels
* double snap closure
* tricot waistband
* accent bartacks for seam reinforcement
* Spectrum ECS (Elastic Closure System) waist fit adjustment
* Spectrum SCG (Seamless Crotch Gusset) leg panel
* zipper cargo pockets
* hidden mesh lined zipper0 vents
MSRP: $80.00, but on sale at Spectrum’s Website for $25.00
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. These aren’t your regular baggies, no sir! These are what I would consider technical riding shorts. It does not come with a chamois to pad your buttocks, but it does come with some really cool features like a polyester mesh liner, big pocks, a unique and adjustable waist strap system and and it comes with a boat load of style and a big dose of quality workmanship as well as durable material.
What’s the purpose of these shorts? You can do some XC with them if you’d like, but like I mentioned they don’t have padding. So what I do is I wear a pair of bibs underneath an it works out to be a great combo. But these shorts were designed to be abused for riding downhill trails, 4x, dirt jumping and etc.
The front vents on the shorts were pretty nifty and work really well when you need a bit of fresh air to hit your hot legs and boy parts. You simply unzip the vents and the mesh liner acts as a privacy screen and it also allows ample cool air to flow.
That’s me wearing the Wilson Shorts at Southridge.
One of the things in life that really bug me are weak zippers. Yeah I know its weak but I’m super critical when it comes to inferior zippers. Nothing devalues a piece of clothing or equipment than some cheesy zippers.
Well I’m happy to report that the zipper quality and performance on the Wilson Shorts were pretty down right AWESOME! I was excited to know that Spectrum Tech Wear didn’t try and cut costs by saving a few cents on cheaper zippers. It totally paid of because after months of zipping and unzipping, the shorts are still as good as new!
Another great thing about these shorts is the durability. I’ve yet to tear them, puncture it or do anything to damage them. The Wilson shorts are really tough!
Ok so one gripe about the shorts, they can get warm. But here’s the thing about that. I experienced more heat when I was wearing my bibs underneath. So naturally an extra level of clothing will yield higher temps. But if I wore the shorts by themselves…(oh ya, you can go commando if you’d like) then the temp wouldn’t be an issue at all.
The bottom line, these shorts are high quality, strong zippers and hardware and affordable. For the low price of $49.98 at Pricepoint.com, you just can’t beat that! Besides they’re really cool looking too. So if you’re in need of some multipurpose shorts that could be worn as a XC baggy or used for more technical riding such as DH, 4X and Super D, then the Spectrum Tech Wear-Wilson shorts could really satisfy your needs.