Testing Bontrager products this year, I’m starting to feel like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Solstice WSD jersey was way too big. The fetching Race WSD shorts are a tad too small. Hmmm . . . I’m the same size, weight and, proportion as last summer when Bontrager’s 2011 bicycle shorts and jerseys fit me perfectly (and still do). So what gives?
The fact is, sizing in clothing can be tricky. And depending on the design it may not fit. But, in any case, you can buy Bontrager worry-free: they have a 30-day unconditional guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with any of their cycling garments, you can return them for exchange or credit (with the receipt).
But you probably won’t need to return yours. If you’re buying them online, just check their sizing chart. If you’re in doubt (i.e. your measurements land on the upper end for S, M or L), size up.
The Race WSD short certainly has some winning features. It’s designed with multiple panels, including a textured mesh panel on the lower legs, which helps with ventilation. A yoga waistband that sits comfortably on your hips, not your waist, adds a classy, feminine touch.
The multi-density inForm chamois provides four-way stretch for extra comfort on long rides. Unfortunately, due to the size problem, that comfort was lost on me. I found the chamois so uncomfortable that after only 30 km (18 miles), I could hardly wait to get home to take the shorts off. Pity. They really are beautiful-looking, and I expect they would perform well on the bike if they were rightly sized. Price $75 US
Bottom line: Very attractive, excellent-value shorts—consider sizing up.