What I found most notable about the Newton MTB Shorts was their blend of ridding performance and fashionable style, as not only do these togs look good, they are light, cool, well padded and friction free. And best of all, the Newton MTB shorts fit so well that during four months of riding, they never threatened to get hung up on the nose of my saddle.
Descente accomplishes this balancing act by using a light and durable nylon shell for most of the Newton’s outer, while a four way stretch fabric composes the short’s midline (crotch) gusset and lumbar region.
A zipper, snaps, two small ladder lock buckles and a little elastic in combination with a contoured panel sewn into the back of the short’s waits band does a grand job keeping the Newtons hitched up high, even while wearing a hydration pack. The shorts also sport two zippered pockets that make fine places to stash coffee funds or a few allen wrenches. And did I mention the Newtons actually look good? You may not want to wear them on Date One with your significant other’s parents, but you’ll score style points on the trail and when swilling beer afterward. (And if style wasn’t a consideration, we’d all be wearing Lycra.)
Beneath the Newton’s outer is Descente’s Spectra chamois sewn into an airy mesh liner. This fat, comfy pad contours from 8 to 10mm in thickness and showed outstanding durability. And thankfully, the padded liner is connected to the outer shell with two micro sized snaps. This simple attachment allowed me to quickly disconnect the two and put both on separately.
All in all the Descente Newton MTB Shorts are well thought out and meticulously executed. Simply put, they impress.