HOWIES Alder shorts, £95,

We’ve come to expect great looking kit from Howies, and the Alders fit right into a classic range. With seven pockets, there’s a good mix of secure and easy-access storage for keys, wallet and phone as you ride. The regular fit means you look good on or off the bike, and the EPIC cotton will keep you dry through brief showers. 

However, we do have a couple of issues with the Alders: the price (you can get two quality shorts for the same amount) and the tear in the crotch that appeared midway through testing. Howies tells us it’s improved the strength and stretch in the fabric since then. S-XXL, black only.