Cadence Collection 10-4 shorts review

We've tested the Cadence Collection 10-4 shorts. They're a casual design with a lot of stretch and made of water resistant fabric. But they do come up small.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

A comfortable pair of casual riding shorts. They’ve got technical bike-specific features built in, but come up small and lack some design components which would make them more versatile.

For
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    Well finished

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    Stretchy material

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    Water resistant

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    Reinforced seat area

Against
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    Come up small

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    No zipped or buttoned pockets

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Cadence Collection is the brainchild of Californian designer Dustin Klein. It makes small runs of technical cycling kit which have distinctive designs. Alongside its more technical clothing, Cadence also produces a range of more casual, lifestyle clothing, including bike specific jeans, hoodies and tee shirts.

Its 10-4 shorts follow the cycling-casual idiom. They’re made of a fabric which is 88% nylon and 12% lycra, so there’s masses of stretch built in. They are also water resistant, so a shower or road damp will just roll off them, which is a useful attribute in our changeable conditions.

Rear of the shorts features a double layer of fabric over the saddle area

Rear of the shorts features a double layer of fabric over the saddle area
(Image credit: chris catchpole)

Their bike-specific features continue with a double layer of fabric over the seat area. It’s not enough to protect you from a sharp saddle but does give a bit of extra wear resistance. It extends most of the way down the inside of the leg too, helping to prevent chafing. The seams along the inside edges of the legs and up the back of the shorts are flatlocked. This should also help with rubbing, although they end up quite pronounced due to the thickness of all those layers of fabric.

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The shorts come with four mesh pockets. These are a good size and well finished, although none of them zip or are buttoned, meaning that they may not be the best place to stash your valuables. Otherwise, there are belt loops and a small reflective tag in the rear waistband on the left side – so not the best position for UK roads.

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Although there’s lots of stretch in the 10-4 shorts, I found that they came up very small and that the leg openings in particular were quite tight on me, so they were less comfortable to ride in than I had hoped. Cadence in the US recommends that you size up, which I would definitely endorse.

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So the Cadence 10-4 shorts are well made, should be comfortable for casual bike rides and will fend off some wet weather, if you choose the right size. They also come in brown and blue, if you don’t like the tan which we’ve tested.

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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.