Oakley Seeker ’75 MTB Short review: Retro styling and lightweight breathability will appeal to fans of old-school mountain biking…
Oakley Seeker ’75 MTB Short
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$100 / £85, oakley.com
- Lightweight breathability
- Eye-catching retro design
- Water-repellent coating
- No zipped pockets
- Padding not included
Scorching summer days require a different approach to mountain biking, which is when the minimalist breathability of the Oakley Seeker shorts come into their own. I liked this short best for hot, long-distance days, paired with a padded bibshort. It would be an ideal choice for summer Alpine adventures too.
Oakley Seeker ’75 MTB Short features
Oakley has gone for high performance with the Seeker. The things I liked include the lightweight fabric, which features a DWR water-repellent coating, as well as stretchy, breathable inner thigh panels. This combo shed mud and moisture when needed, while keeping me cool on sweaty climbs.
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While it does have two capacious front pockets, they’re not zipped, so I only really trusted them for carrying mission non-essentials. That mattered less than it might have done because I used these for rides when I wore a backpack.
I tested the punchy red colourway with vintage-inspired ’75 print and Oakley logo, which did lend my riding a certain swagger – until I stacked it into a tree, that is. In terms of fit, the waistband is raised at the back, which, when combined with the adjustable web belt, meant I could secure them in place for a good riding position.
Oakley Seeker ’75 MTB Short performance
I grabbed the Oakley Seekers on days when I wanted to lighten my load and maximise breathability, while still being able to take on summer showers and splattery trails. The lack of secure pockets was a bit of letdown, but then again nothing fell out of them and I did enjoy the unsubtle styling.