Sweet Protection El Duderino ReviewApril 20, 2017
- Good fit
- Waist tightened by drawstring
To go with their world beating Bushwhacker helmet, Sweet Protection has a line of solid bike apparel. The El Duderino is a great all around short, nicely cut, lightweight, and well-built. Our criticisms lie in the drawstring waist tightening system—well below the standard of other tightening systems in the review—and the price. Even without a chamois liner of any kind, the El Duderino checks in at well over $100.
Like the other shorts in this review, the El Duderino strives to be form fitting to avoid being snagged on the seat when dismounting or moving around in the saddle. They accomplish that with a stretchy fabric and some careful tailoring so you never feel constrained, even with the long hem length most riders favor for that extra protection factor against dirt rash in case of a wipeout. My quibble with the Duderino is the swim trunks-style drawstring inside for tightening the short. It isn’t very effective—better to just thread a belt through the loops instead.
It’s a good looking short, long and low profile. No problem using El Duderino for around-town wear or on a hike. It comes in five colors, some of them quite bright, as they tend to be in Norway.
The shorts are nicely cut, not too tight, but snug enough for function. The stretchy fabric isn’t restrictive at all, and breathes pretty well. I didn’t have any quibbles with them when temps reached the 80s in Arizona.
The El Duderino keeps it pretty simple with just three pockets, two front handpockets, and a right side cargo pocket. The cargo pocket fits a smartphone/small camera no problem, though with just two Velcro dots, it could be a bit better secured.
The long hem length and moderately tough and stretchy material means you are as protected as you need to be for most rides, even in the desert.
Our testing team tested the shorts in and around Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; Sedona and Tucson, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming and Moab, Utah over a period of two months on asphalt, gravel, and 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.
Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.