This new addition to the Altura range sits (£20) below the Apex baggies, but feels better made and we’ve yet to have any issues with the poppers coming loose or frayed seams. The bulk of the shorts are made from a water-resistant Nylon fabric, but there’s a stretch panel at the back and the whole seat is a softer Nylon/Spandex mix. This latter felt more comfortable, fitted tighter and seemed to snag a lot less on the nose of the saddle.
Liner (inner) shorts are included and it gets a ‘stretch multi-density insert,’ which offers adequate cushioning. The Summit is well appointed with an adjustable waist, hip pockets and front zip vents. Our only criticism is it’s slightly shorter than the Apex in the leg; so doesn’t integrate that well with kneepads, and tends to billow out when you’re hammering along. In this respect the style and cut is similar to Sugoi shorts, but the Summit is definitely better value for money.
Mbr rating: 9