Incoming: Royal Storm Waterproof Shorts

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Royal Racing is a brand synonymous with the gravity side of racing, being a long time sponsor of Steve Peat and Garett Buehler among others. Their presence in New Zealand has been on the low-key tip, but it's a brand that should be a bit more prominent if the quality and style of their kit is any indicator.

We got our hands on (legs into?) a pair of their waterproof Storm shorts and are looking forward to some more rain so we can see if they work as well as they look like they will.

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The outer material is a stretchy and tough feeling '3 Layer' fabric with a waterproof and breathability rating of 10000MVP. That's good, I looked it up. It means that moisture can escape (ie sweat) but not enter (rain, mud). For a better explanation look here...

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The fly zip is fully seam-sealed and covered by a flap which is secured by the nylon ratchet buckle seen in the previous photo.

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Even the pockets are waterproof-zippered and seam-sealed to keep your money, phone, stash, whatever you carry in there, dry.

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The liner material has a slightly plasticky look to it, but is actually pretty pliable and supple feeling and doesn't give a wearing-a-garbage-bag sensation, thankfully.

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All the stress points are bar-tacked, seam-sealed and reinforced to keep the waterproofing properties working for a long time. They only come in black which is just fine with us, less cleaning is a good thing.

With plenty of rain around at the moment, we'll be out into it to give these a proper test. If you're keen to get into some Royal gear, check out www.adrenalinemtb.co.nz