Rab Cinder Kinetic Waterproof shorts review: the all-weather shorts are British winter proof

I'm slowly running out of excuses not to ride in the cold and rain

The Rab Cinder Kinetic Waterproof shorts worn on a rider on a bike with snow in the background
(Image credit: Hannah Bussey)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Warm, comfortable and seriously good at keeping the worst of the weather away from your bottom half. The Rab Cinder Kinetic Waterproof shorts will work wonders for motivating you to keep riding outside year-round

Reasons to buy
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    Water and wind resistant

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    Warmer than regular hardshell waterproof trousers

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    Breathable with no condensation build up in the lining

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    Fantastic fitting and very comfortable on and off bike

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    Roomy front pockets

Reasons to avoid
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    Tricky to access pockets on the move

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    Side zips require corresponding cargo shorts underneath

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The Rab Cinder Kinetic Waterproof Shorts have become the latest piece in my cycling arsenal and I can no longer claim foul weather for keeping me off the bike.

Ever since I started to ride more gravel and off-road I've taken to donning a pair of baggies over my roadie Lycra, but that's more to try and disguise my heritage more than anything. I've never owned any of the best women's gravel bike kit, so haven't really felt much of a benefit. Until now.   

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.