Jett Hornet Jersey and Shorts Review

Apparel

Jett Hornet Shorts
The shorts are comprised of a Ripstop polyester body for durability and a rear stretch spandex yoke for comfort and fit. It has two hand pockets, two cargo pockets and two phone/media pockets; the latter two are secured by Velcro closures. It comes with a removable perforated polyester 3 dimensional seamless chamois, which hangs internally from two loops.

The shorts have a loose and baggy fit without being overtly sloppy, and they have a decent knee length cut. The material is tough and durable, but has enough breathability to ventilate nicely. They are quite comfortable, and the design and pattern seem to hug the body, greatly helped by the rear stretch panel. The shorts fit well if the proper size is ordered, and although they don’t have an internal adjustability system, you can wear a lightweight belt for minor trimming. The front closure uses two robust snaps, and it has a well made zipper with an excellent slider. The entire waist band uses a soft satin like material, which helps the shorts easily move around. The lower hem and the inside of the lower thigh use satin so that the shorts easily slide on the legs, armor, and the inner chamois, and it’s very noticeable while spinning.

They have a plethora of pockets (6 total), including hand, cargo and media ones. The cargo pocket has a snap and Velcro closure, and offers plenty of security for items. On top of the cargo pocket is a fleece lined media/phone pocket, which is secured by another Velcro closure, and since its part of the cargo system, it gets two sets of closures. The location of those pockets on the side middle thigh works perfectly, as they don’t interfere with pedaling, bouncing down a trial and maneuvering around on the bike. Inside the left cargo pocket is a small optical wipe, which is handy to clean sunglasses or camera lenses.

The chamois liner hangs from the shorts using a strap with a snap closure, and it’s a nice system that is robust and easy to use. The excellent inner chamois is very comfortable and well padded, and the mesh material is stretchy, breathable and wickable. I liked the short hem, which offered additional comfort, and gave the short’s satin hem something to slide along.

Final Thoughts
The Hornets are an excellent of shorts, that are durable, comfortable, with a decently long cut, and a baggy fit that’s just right. The rear stretch panel, excellent chamois liner and properly located sections of silky smooth satin make for a set of shorts that is highly maneuverable while pedaling or jamming along the trail. The pocket system works extremely well, with good secure closures and proper locations for minimal hindrance.

Pros

  • Tough and durable
  • Comfortable
  • Pockets galore
  • Optical wipe
  • Excellent lower pocket system – Two pockets w/ individual Velcro closure
  • Excellent chamois liner
  • Satin on lower inner thigh and hem

Cons

  • No size adjustability

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Hornet Shorts Specs:

  • MSRP: $125
  • Sizes: 28, 30, 32, 34, 36 or 38″ waist.
  • Colors – Black, Brown Plaid,Gray Pinstripe
  • Ribbed spandex stretch yoke increases rider mobility and secures fit
  • Ripstop polyester chassis provides maximum durability without sacrificing comfort
  • Two-fleece lined cell phone/camera pockets for safe and secure storage
  • Cargo pockets with mesh internal opening for ride critical items
  • Seamless quad panel creates maximum movement and minimal chafing
  • Removable perforated polyester 3 dimensional seamless chamois for maximum comfort
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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