Are pockets on the Specialized Men's Prime SWAT Bib Shorts worth parting with extra cash? Perhaps

Pockets come at a premium, but these are a treat to wear if they meet your budget

 Specialized Men's Prime SWAT Bib Shorts
(Image credit: Sam Jones)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Specialized Men's Prime SWAT Bib Shorts are a premium product with a 3D designed chamois, minimal seams and wide shoulder straps that will see you riding for miles both on and off the road in comfort. Thoughtfully placed pockets allow you to load up with minimal discomfort, but these come at a considerable extra cost compared to the standard Prime bib shorts.

Reasons to buy
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    Fit and forget feel

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    Reflective details

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    Pockets conveniently reached through trail trousers

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Reasons to avoid
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    You pay a 'pocket premium'

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    Chamois less comfortable for hike-a-bike

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Part of Specialized’s Prime collection for both men and women, like other SWAT products, these cargo bib shorts are for riders looking for innovative storage solutions beyond the conventional pockets in the jersey. For bag shy cyclists out on a day trip, these extra pockets can provide welcome storage solutions by spreading the load, and increasingly this style of short is seen as de rigueur for gravel riders by manufacturers.  

The shorts come only in black and are available in five sizes for men (S – XXL) and women (XS – XL). 

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones has worked for nearly 10 years in cycling advocacy and communications. Currently he is the Cape Wrath Fellowship custodian, a freelance commentator on cycling issues and works in the Surrey Hills on access issues. A keen bikepacker he can be found what riding what the UK would like to think is gravel but is actually mostly mud.