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VitalMBT- Tested: Leatt DBX 5.0 Shorts Awarded 4/5 Stars

“Nice-looking, high-tech, and ready for even the wettest of conditions, Leatt’s DBX 5.0 shorts get put to the test.”

 

VitalMTB took a closer look at our DBX 5.0 shorts.

“With the mountain biking industry booming right now, countless new equipment options are available. When looking for a decent pair of riding shorts, it doesn’t take long before one is up to their helmet strap in choices. In hopes of alleviating some of the stress and confusion, we slid our legs into the Leatt DBX 5.0 riding shorts. With nearly six months of abuse, here’s what we’ve learned.”

 

Highlights

  • HydraDri three-layer shell with dirt/water-repellent coating
  • Fully welded, taped seam construction
  • High waterproof and breathability rating of 20,000/20,000mm
  • Hydrophilic material, reducing condensation
  • YKK AquaGuard zippers and multi-row safety stitching
  • Pre-curved, tailored fit with 3D shaped, non-snagging knees for comfort when pedaling with protection
  • Soft touch, durable 500D three-layer, laminated and seamless seat panel
  • Brush Guard reinforcement on knees
  • Rear ventilation with zipper
  • Waterproof thigh pockets
  • Soft touch waist lining with back gripper to prevent seat drop
  • Sizes: XS-XXL (black only) and S-XL (other colors)
  • MSRP: $119.99 USD

 

 

“Pulling the Leatt DBX 5.0 shorts out of their packaging, they check all the boxes of a high-end pair of riding shorts. The materials are top notch, and the craftsmanship appeared to be very good with a unique fit and materials not found in the majority of riding shorts today. Each zipper, except the fly, has a rubber strip attached to the end to for easy opening and closing, even with downhill-rated gloves. The Leatt DBX 5.0 shorts don’t struggle in the looks department, either. The Leatt branding on each side has just the right amount of pop, while not presenting a pedaling billboard on the trail. This is true not only for the black pair we tested, but also the other colors offered (ink blue and ruby red at the time of writing). The fabric is thinner than most shorts of the same style, and as a result, their weight is minimal. Coming in at 335 grams for the 36-inch (XL) size, the Leatt DBX 5.0 shorts are some of the lightest in their class.”

“When Leatt made the DBX 5.0 shorts, they certainly had dark, balmy, Pacific Northwest riding in mind. The outer material has a waterproof rating of 20,000/20,000mm, which is higher than the majority of ski and snowboard gear. To better put this into perspective, Gore-Tex has been deemed completely waterproof by a large amount on outdoor adventurists with a waterproof rating of 28,000mm — these shorts aren’t too far off. Every zipper is lined with rubber strips, which makes them waterproof, too. Think you’ll be completely dry now? Leatt wasn’t convinced. They decided to line every seam with fully-welded tape just to be safe. A flash flood will end your ride before these shorts will.”

 

“Pockets are a must-have for many of today’s riders who prefer to bring everyday items on a ride without a pack. That being said, the DBX 5.0 shorts did not disappoint. These shorts come with two, yes only two, pockets and are found on the front of each leg. While the number of pockets is not impressive, the size of these pockets certainly is. Measuring 9-inches deep from the zipper with 2-inches above and 7-inches across, the DBX 5.0 shorts will house virtually any cellphone, no matter how “Plus” it is, along with multi-tools, patch kits, or snacks for the trail. The only thing real restriction for stuffing massive items in the pockets are the 6-inch zippers. While the cargo capacity of these pockets got us excited, it didn’t take too long before we felt like we were hauling a junk drawer around the trails. Two hand pockets above these huge pouches may offer better compartmentalization of said junk.”

What’s The Bottom Line?

“When looking for a great pair of riding shorts, the Leatt DBX 5.0 checks many boxes riders require. The looks, waterproofing, ventilation, pockets, and snag-free fit really make these shorts shine. Although the waterproofing is a plus, the crackling and crinkling fabric noise could pose an issue for those wanting a quiet trail experience. Durability-wise, the shorts held up quite well except for the back panel. Unfortunately, such a flaw could easily sink the entire ship and render the shorts unusable down the road. The sizing and fit certainly shouldn’t be taken for granted, as they tend to be a bit tighter than other shorts on the market and we recommend trying them on before buying. A lot of time and effort went into developing the DBX 5.0 shorts, and it certainly shows. Aside from a few issues with sizing and an extraneous rubber tab malfunction, they have seen a lot of mileage and have been a very good pair of shorts.”

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