The perfect baggy for damp UK rides
DWR stands for durable water repellent and it’s a special Teflon-style chemical treatment applied to the face fabric of the Addict baggy short when it’s made.
It repels water and pools it on the surface of the fabric where it can then run off. The coating does wear away, but it can be renewed easily and cheaply.
To further improve the Addict’s foul weather credentials, it features a large waterproof, three-layer panel on the seat, which is taped on the inside to resist trail splatter.
On the front there is double-faced, stretched rip-stop fabric over the knee for added abrasion resistance, and the short is also shaped in this area, so it works well if you wear kneepads.
The Addict features water resistant hand pockets and silicone print on the inside of the waistband to prevent any unwanted movement. There are double studs on the fly and belt loops on the waist.
My only criticisms are the stretchy parts of the waist adjusters are too long — I’ve had to put a knot in them — and the two large vents running right up the legs seem like overkill.
That said, the Addict is the perfect baggy for damp UK rides. It’s long in the leg, has a hard wearing and water-resistant construction, and the stretch fabric fits really well without feeling bulky or causing overheating.