Published on September 15, 2014
Tribesports Performance Shorts
Tribesports began life as Kickstarter crowd-funding project, ultimately reaping an impressive 400% of the original funding goal and now shipping to over 180 countries and making excellent inroads to the UK market. Their Performance shorts are available in two flavours – men’s 5” and women’s 2-in-1 – the former at £25, the latter £28. Taking each in turn:
The Tribesports Men’s Performance 5” use an ergonomic flatlock seam for maximised comfort with a wide side mesh running the length of the shorts for both ventilation and stride; they may not be ‘split’ like some models but the cut and fabric mix makes them appropriate, we found, for both speed work and distance, with the 5” length just about adequate for trail protection too. That said, we’d love to see a longer cut specifically for trail and given Tribesports enthusiasm for customer feedback (from their ‘tribe’) maybe this is something we’ll see soon?
The simple mesh briefs are perfectly comfortable and the reduced waistband, barely 20mm, is a relief given how overly generous some manufacturers are in these matters. Less is more for us. There’s a draw-cord, of course, perhaps a little long (less is more) but that’s really nit-picking with such otherwise excellent shorts.
The Tribesports Women’s Performance 2-in-1 Shorts also use flatlock seams and the same aegis antibacterial treatment to keep stinky bacteria away as is found in the men’s version. Here though there is an inner short, soft and flexable with great range of motion, and a much wider waistband as is the norm on most women’s running shorts. Like the men’s there is reflective detailing and our tester found comfort levels to be excellent. There’s a small Velcro security pocket inside for keys (the pocket on the men’s is zipped and external) but for the longer runs and for any potential future trail versions we would certainly like to see a little extra storage for gels and bars.
The Men’s Performance 5” Shorts are available in sizes S-XXL and in colour combos of black/charcoal, black/yellow and black/fire-red (arguably a bit salmon-pink, buy hey…) The Tribesports Women’s Performance 2-in-1 Shorts, in XS to XL, are available in charcoal, turquois, black and a rather fetching coral.
Both the men’s and women’s shorts have proven robust and comfortable on test, minor points aside (and in anticipation of some trail-specifics), these are really solid options, exceptionally well-made and at an impressive price for the quality on show.
Further details of all Tribesports apparel at Tribesports.com
Our sister-site Cyclo.co.uk is giving away over £200-worth of Tribesports apparel, including shorts, in their competition, which runs until September 25. Enter here.