This pair of short looks looks like the average pair of riding shorts. But what you can't see is how comfortable, durable, and well built these things are. At first I thought they were too nice for the trails, but after my first ride I fell in Love. There is a hint of a liner inside that help shed heat, paired with the mesh pockets does a great job cooling down the boys. The seat of the shorts are a durable material you would see on a DH short to shed mud and trail debris. The front is some kind of magic material that I still haven't figured out. It has amazing stretchy properties and sheds water. Its difficult to explain in words, but if its caught on your knee or seat or what have you, it has enough stretch to still allow range of motion. Another key feature that every other short messes up is the pockets, although there are only 3, one near the left knee, the other two in the standard position near the waist. However POC has made the pockets so that you easily can put you hand in the pocket with a glove on, without it getting caught. I can't begin to explain how many times i've had to take me glove off to reach in my pocket to grab a phone or a snack. Sounds kinda dumb, but the small things make huge differences. Needless to say, these shorts rock, pick up a pair for yourself and see what I'm talking about.