Great shorts, good value

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Kari from New Hampshire on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I am just getting into mountain biking and was looking for a comfortable loose short that wouldn't be too baggy. I picked these up after reading some positive reviews and wore them for my first trip to Highland Bike Park and was really pleased. The fit is good with a flattering cut and cute color and design (I got the black heather with pink logo). I picked up a size medium and am 5-5 and 145 lbs. The fabric is a little snug (especially the liner, which made a short of bulge around the bottom of my thigh where the elastic was tighter than the rest of the material) but both the liner and short have plenty of stretch so they did not feel restrictive at all. Because the legs are tapered and a bit more form fitting they are a little awkward to wear with knee pads, but they did stretch over them. I did take slide out on them and the fabric was fine - the dirt brushed right off. My first impression is that the material is excellent and these are of high quality, with attention to detail and craftsmanship. The shorts also appear to breathe well and don't absorb a ton of sweat or water.

I've worn heavily padded Pearl Izumi tight shorts for a cross country bike trip I did and I liked the chamois of these shorts much better. They didn't make me look like I had a butt bulge and had a nice compromise of padding and comfort. They have a small zip pocket in the back that is good for a pair of keys but not much else. Otherwise there are no pockets for storage.

I haven't had these shorts long enough to comment on how well they wear over time with abuse, crashes, and washings, but if they hold up then I'll be really happy!

Pros
Quality details, stitching, and materials
Cute design
Flattering cut, good fit
Stretchy material is comfortable, breathable, and water resistent
Quality chamois
Includes padded liner (many mtb shorts at similar price points are just a shell)

Cons
Not much storage - only one tiny pocket
Difficult to wear with knee pads
Legs may be too tight/tapered for those with thicker thighs, especially the liner
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