Vicky puts the Cube Blackline Waterproof Shorts through their paces in the gritty and wet Calder Valley.
These Cube Blackline Waterproof Shorts are a lightweight, packable waterproof short, made out of Primetronic material with fully taped seams and a reinforced saddle. The subtly branded black shorts feature a small amount or reflective piping and a single, mesh lined pocket on the left hand side (not pockets plural as claimed on the website).
Arriving in their own drinks can size stuff sack, it’s obvious that these are not heavy duty shorts. My initial impressions of the thin material were that they probably weren’t going to hold up to a winter of grinding mud paste/saddle interaction, which we all know is common to riding in the UK. The lightweight nature of the shorts meant that throwing them in a bag on the off-chance that it might rain was a no-brainer. In my case, this rarely happened. Being too daft to run a rear mudguard, I generally start rides already in the shorts to avoid the dreaded spray of mud that’s a rite of passage for any bike ride. As the shorts are more towards the lightweight end of the scale, this means that whipping them off when you get to the pub and revelling in your dry bum underneath is a definite option. It's safe to say, this is one option I’ve used many times. The material avoids the crinkly noise associated with some thicker shorts. I struggled to notice any difference from normal shorts, more similar to the sound for tyres on hard pack then a crisp packet rustle.