Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review: Swrve Durable Cotton Trousers

Swrve trousers have fast become one of my most-worn pieces of casual clothing. The Swrve Indigo jeans (Reviewed HERE) have both a great look and are incredibly tough, and the Swrve lightweight WWR Trousers (Reviewed HERE) are light enough that you can happily wear them in the middle of summer, and will keep you dry in the occasional downpour.

In this review, I take a look at my latest Swrve trousers, the Durable Cotton regular cut. It looks like the American brand has done it again, these are a great pair of 'cycling slacks'.

The Durable Cotton Trousers are intended to be a bike friendly, durable and smart pair of trousers; which will be just at home in the bar or office, as they will be riding around town. The Durable Cotton fabric is a four-way stretch material, with a tough outer that will brush off road spray and dirt, whilst still having a soft inner fabric that is not unlike a set of cotton chinos.

The trousers feature a number of subtle but very well thought out and useful features to make them "cycling specific". The belt loops for example are reflective on the rear of the trousers; there is a zipped rear pocket for valuables, and a reinforced rear pocket that is big enough to carry a mini U-lock. On the front, there are two subtle pen pockets, and a seamless gusseted crouch to avoid any uncomfortable chafing seams.

The build quality of the Durable Cotton trousers is right up there with the best; similar to the Indigo jeans and the WWR trousers, there are triple stitched seams to deal with stretching, and the material itself is super durable even with a number of machine washes.

Out on the bike these are super comfortable; the articulated knees and gusseted crouch avoid the normal problems of stretching and rubbing that occur with standard trousers, and the Durable Cotton material shrugs off dirt and muck, and wipes clean with a damp cloth very easily.

These look smart enough to wear into the office as well; not dissimilar to a set of heavy duty cotton chinos or smart jeans, they look the part with anything from a shirt to a hoodie.

At £80 RRP in the UK they are great value as well, considering how long lasting they are against a normal set of cotton trousers, which would look worn out after a month of use on the bike.

Overall, a great casual clothing option; smart trousers that not only look the part off the bike, but function extremely well and continue to look great even when it's time to saddle up and ride home.

Available in the UK from swrve.co.uk (Link)

3 comments:

  1. I don't think £80 represents great value for money if I'm honest. I only have one pair of 'cycling' smart/casual trousers which were £20 from Rutland Cycling. I would rather spend £40 on a pair of smart trousers and £40 on some DHB bibs than spend £80 on a pair of trousers that did both things half as well.

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  2. Hi Adrian, £80 is good value for a well made pair of trousers like these in my opinion. A pair of Dockers or similar chinos would be around £60, and that is without any cycling specific features. When you consider many pairs of jeans are close to £100 or even higher, then this isn't a bad price at all.

    Yes, you could buy smart trousers and a pair of bibs, but that is not really the point of these. They are designed to look the part even around the office or around town, without needing to get changed every time you get off the bike.

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  3. I had a pair of the 3/4 cotton shorts. They looked good but where a bit rubbish poor fit and not stretchy; i sold them to a hipster! BUT i did get some of their Men's lightweight WWR 3/4's shorts http://www.swrve.co.uk/mens%20shorts.html i have them pretty much every commuting day rain or shine for 3 years and they habe been fab, comfy, not restooned with pointless pockets and not a stitch out of place. One of the best bits of cycling clothing i own.

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