Shredly Jana Short ReviewAugust 4, 2016
- Outstanding construction
- Pockets lack functionality
- Minimal crash protection
The Shredly Jana shorts are arguably the most eye-catching and stylish women’s mountain bike shorts. Construction is outstanding and precise with a flattering tailored fit that allows for comfort, range of motion and kneepad compatibility. However some cyclists may find the fit too tailored and the lack of functional pockets an annoyance.
The Shredly Jana shorts run true to size with a straight cut through the hips. They are made in the style of a surfing short but with the intent of mountain biking. Our tester’s size four did not feel restrictive or overly baggy thanks to the stretchy fabric that is equal parts tailored and relaxed.
The 10.5-inch inseam of our tester’s size four hit two inches above the knee. Despite the more tailored fit of the Shredly Jana, the leg openings are wide enough to accommodate kneepads. An internal elastic band in the waistband that secures with a button allowed our tester to adjust for her smaller waist to mitigate gaps at the back.
The Shredly Jana shorts are the most eye-catching mountain bike shorts in the test. They are made with a midweight fabric that is Spandex-infused for an outstanding fit and uncompromised range of motion.
With one side-leg snap pocket and two mesh-lined front hip pockets, pockets are few and lack any real functionality. The snap pocket, while moderately secure, was not large enough to hold our tester’s smartphone. Because the Shredly Jana’s are a more fitted short, the two unsecured hip pockets are large enough to carry only small, soft items.
Comfort is enhanced with zippered mesh thigh vents that offer additional ventilation on warm and humid days. The waistband, which is wide and comfortable, allows for a very tailored fit thanks to the internal elastic band, works very well to mitigate any back gaps or exposure of lower back. Two pretty snap buttons and a Velcro fly allow the shorts to sit perfectly flat at abdomen without any bulges.
Although the Shredly Jana shorts do not come with an integrated chamois, our tester found that they accommodated all chamois worn and worked well with bibs and chamois cycling knickers on cooler days.
Durability and construction is outstanding on the Shredly Jana shorts. The double stitching is very meticulous, straight and precise with a heavier thread. Though our tester received a brand new pair of Shredly shorts for this review, she owns a pair that are four years old. The stitching and the general structure and condition of the four-year old shorts are still excellent and holding up well.
The mid-weight stretchy fabric of the Shredly Jana shorts lends itself to good protection during low-impact crashes. However the shorter inseam of 10.5 inches, even when paired with kneepads, will leave some leg skin exposed.
Despite the tailored fit and mid-weight fabric, the Shredly Jana shorts worked very well in all disciplines of cycling from urban commuting, long road and gravel rides and cross country riding.
Comfort is enhanced by the very wide and soft waistband. Its low rise in the front accommodates the natural position of the cyclist’s abdomen in aggressive riding positions. The zippered thigh vents promoted decent breathability on warmer days and the stretchy fabric is relatively breathable and did not bunch up or restrict range of motion.
Our testing team tested the shorts in and around Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; Sedona and Tucson, Arizona and Moab, Utah over a period of two months on asphalt, gravel, singletrack in temperatures ranging from the low 40’s to the mid-90’s and on distances that ranged from six miles to 56. Our testing team did not intentionally set out to test the durability of each pair of shorts in a crash. Instead, to judge the shorts’ ability to withstand impact, they scrutinized their construction materials, the weight of the fabric and the stitching. Though, there may have been some crashes anyway.