The Altura Attack 180 is a great value mountain bike short
The Altura Attack 180 is £10 more than the Summit baggy we tested in 2013, but we think it’s a slightly better trail short.
It uses a softer, four-way stretch fabric, so fits better and is also notably more breathable, with extra mesh panels on the front thigh area and side providing additional ventilation.
Adjusting the size comes via external Velcro waist tabs, and there are two poppers on the zipped fly. We had issues with the poppers coming away on the Summit, but no such problems with the Attack 180.
Front zipped pockets are handy for keys and a phone, and the opening is big enough that you won’t struggle getting a hand in. Altura also hasn’t cut the Attack 180 too short; with a 14in inseam, there’s a generous amount of kneepad overlap.
The Summit’s inner short was poor, but this Attack 180 liner is a figure-hugging four-panel design, with a breathable microfibre insert. The sizing is much better too; we didn’t need to run a medium liner in the large short.
We really like the Altura Attack 180 and as such would name it the best value short on the market at the moment.
Shorts are just one of the seven products we believe every mountain biker shouldn’t be without