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Sweet Protection El Duderino

- published April 2017

81

2017

RATINGS

Fit
6
Style
7
Comfort
7
Features
5
Protection
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$115.00
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THE GOOD

  • Stretchy
  • Good fit
  • Lightweight

THE BAD

  • Expensive
  • Waist tightened by drawstring

THE VERDICT

To go with their world beating Bushwhacker helmet, Sweet Protection has a line of solid bike apparel. The El Duderino is a great all around short, nicely cut, lightweight, and well-built. Our criticisms lie in the drawstring waist tightening system—well below the standard of other tightening systems in the review—and the price. Even without a chamois liner of any kind, the El Duderino checks in at well over $100.

FULL REVIEW

Fit  
Like the other shorts in this review, the El Duderino strives to be form fitting to avoid being snagged on the seat when dismounting or moving around in the saddle. They accomplish that with a stretchy fabric and some careful tailoring so you never feel constrained, even with the long hem length most riders favor for that extra protection factor against dirt rash in case of a wipeout. My quibble with the Duderino is the swim trunks-style drawstring inside for tightening the short. It isn’t very effective—better to just thread a belt through the loops instead.

Style 
It’s a good looking short, long and low profile. No problem using El Duderino for around-town wear or on a hike. It comes in five colors, some of them quite bright, as they tend to be in Norway.

Comfort
The shorts are nicely cut, not too tight, but snug enough for function. The stretchy fabric isn’t restrictive at all, and breathes pretty well. I didn’t have any quibbles with them when temps reached the 80s in Arizona.

Features 
The El Duderino keeps it pretty simple with just three pockets, two front handpockets, and a right side cargo pocket. The cargo pocket fits a smartphone/small camera no problem, though with just two Velcro dots, it could be a bit better secured.

Protection 
The long hem length and moderately tough and stretchy material means you are as protected as you need to be for most rides, even in the desert. 

How We Tested It

The shorts in this test were used while riding on trails around Sedona and Tucson, Arizona as well as Moab, Utah in the fall of 2016. Temperatures ranged from the high 40s to high 70s.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our Best Trail Bikes of 2017 and Best Bike Racks of 2017, along with our bike helmet tests and other bike related gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$115.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit
6
Style
7
Comfort
7
Features
5
Protection
6
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

Weight

10.05 oz

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