Best of Baggies
Just like butts, baggies come in all different shapes and sizes.
One of the perks of riding mountain bikes is not having to wear only lycra - acceptable attire involves comfortable shorts. Of course you can wear whatever you want. I didn’t even wear chamois when I first started, but I have since grown to love the baggy, chamois combo. Here are some of this season’s best.
1. Patagonia & Craft made a mountain bike short and I love it.
For me, these shorts are great. They are super light and fit fairly well. They offer more sizing featuring XXS which might have been an XS before. They fit really well - the waist also has belt loops for your enduro steez. I would suggest going down a size because the chamois pad is a bit large, but of course you can wear other chamois. They are a great short to throw back on after riding. I am sure that the second generation of these shorts will be tweaked and close to perfection.
2. Sombrio crushes every time.
For lighter weather, the Vista is a great option and as the description says “meet your new best friend". They have a non-annoying adjustable waist. They also fit pretty true to size. I have ridden in these shorts in cool weather, hot weather and rain. They performed very well. I also think they have a flattering cut for many body types.
For a tighter and thicker material (sometimes I want a more structure) I recommend the Drift . They are a little thicker with a 4-way DWR fabric compared to the Vista but still have great features, like large front pockets and that nifty waist adjustable Velcro.
3. Kitsbow - not for everyone, but if you can do it, perfecto!
If you are a roadie going to MTB, I highly recommend these for you. Also if you don’t have large thighs or if you are ok with a tight fit. One thing is for sure, everyone will know where your phone is and what pad pattern your chamois has. Yep, that tight. I am not sure if going up a size would work because the waist is spot on. But if you are a skinny gal, you will love these. Only bummer was the side pocket broke after one ride (with lots of use pulling out an over-sized phone - thanks lifeproof).
4. Liv - shreddy stiltskin.
I picked the Tangle because of the color and pattern and the length. Some days you just want a little bit more on your leg. I have a friend Dee who has super long legs and is constantly looking for a longer short that has length but some fit in hips. These shorts are fitted up top and if you put a small tool or keys in the front pocket, you can end up looking a little.. funny.
5. Specialized - predictably awesome.
Specialized, the over achiever of biking, can sure make some shorts. The Andorra is nice looser leg but tighter banded short with nice pocket placements. They have subtle vents in the leg and are super durable for crashing. They also wash really well (some other fabrics can stain more easily but not these). The Comp shorts are a clean cut, a bit more stretchy, and very fitted. I get more compliments wearing these shorts that any others.
Shot at Columbia County Mountain Bike Allaince in Austerlitz, NY
Bike by Specialized
Tank by Icebreaker
Button up by Stio
Chaomis byClub Ride Apparel
Socks by Stance
Shoes by Shimano
Gloves by Alpine Stars