“You should be a billboard, ORNOT.” As a person that doesn’t seek out massive graphics on my clothing, especially giant brand logos, the ORNOT philosophy resonates with me. Letting their craftsmanship and quality be the focus, not a giant logo.
Being offered exclusively in even sizes, I myself am an odd size and had to size up. To help keep them snug and in place I’ve been using the ORNOT Stretch Belt that has a really cool magnetic clasp that latches it together. It also being stretchy lets me snug it up to keep the shorts in place but not be restricted in motion if the body needs to stretch a certain way while riding.
When the rides are hot and sweat is pouring from all over, the shorts dry quickly helping to keep you cool. As a bonus, jumping into the river for a quick cool down they are hardly indistinguishable from most board shorts and you can swim to your heart’s content knowing they will dry quickly, maybe even before you get back to riding.
I’ve had my fair share of riding shorts over the years, and I’ve never had the luxury of getting a pair that I wear as often casually as I do riding. Both the Mission Short and the Lightweight Mission Short are designed to fill that void. Between riding, swimming, camping, and even mowing the lawn, they have found themselves quickly becoming the most worn shorts of the summer.
For mountain bikers, I’m sure there will be some fuss about the 8.5″ inseam. When wearing knee pads they still cover down past the top of most knee pads and for myself they don’t bind up or catch on the top of the pad itself. When taking a fall, this lets the knee pad take the impact and do the work while the shorts stay right above the crux of the protection area of the pad itself.
Sure a pair of more affordable shorts can be found at just about any store, but quality and sustainability from a brand in their products are not. ORNOT is on a short list of brands that purposes to manufacture their products consciously. Although they may not be for everyone, the ORNOT Mission Lightweight short is a great short that can take on whatever summer can throw at it.
Sizing: 28,30, 32, 34, 36, 38
Colors: Obsidian, Stone Blue, Slate