We suspect it is a love/hate thing with Ion's swim-influenced styling and bright graphics. We liked the wide, adjustable waistband and the padded cell phone pocket. No arguments about how well-made Ion's Avid shorts are.
|Like the Ion Bike Tee we tested recently, the Avid shorts are wonderfully produced. The material feels great to the touch and, looking inside, the stitching is top quality. We also love the way Ion pays attention to the details. The hip adjusters are some of the nicest we have used on any short and the neoprene phone pocket is wonderful idea for a smart phone. Maybe it is us being stuck in our ways, but we never felt comfortable with the lace fastener on the waist. And then there is the bold and colorful styling, which is a love/hate thing, and we didn't fall on the love side. We can't imagine anybody outside Germany going for Ion's colour combination. More practically, we wished that the Avid short was a bit longer and there is something about the ventilation holes in the crotch that just didn't feel right. If Ion made a pair of Avids in black with a snap fastener at the waist and an inch longer in the leg, they would be some of the nicest bike shorts we have seen. We cannot overstate how much we appreciate the quality and attention to detail, but considering our acute chromophobia, we'll be saving these shorts for the beach, not the bike. - Matt Wragg|
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