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Best Mountain Biking Shorts of 2017

By: Frederick Reimers

Best Mountain Biking Shorts of 2017

Bike shorts have come a long way. It’s all about the stretchy fabrics that make a short snug enough not to get caught on the seat post, yet unrestrictive while pedaling or moving around the bike. Thicker, stretchy fabric goes a long way in protecting skin in a crash too, absorbing some of the force, skin would normally take. Most companies have clued in to the hip pocket designed to secure a smartphone while not effecting movement. 

The major differences in a shorts are the way companies choose to tighten up the waistband—something that’s necessary as the fabric gradually stretches out during a ride. That’s where the greatest differences were found in this crop of five test shorts. Some systems definitely work better than others. Most companies add belt loops as a fail safe, which is a good call.

Three of the five shorts came with a chamois liner included, which certainly effects their value. Fans of indie companies will be disappointed to see the Specialized Enduro Short as the Best In Class, but being a bigger company certainly has its advantages in terms of pricing and hiring quality design teams. Simply put, the Enduro Pro is an incredible product with some real innovations in the storage department.

We rode the shorts last fall on the trails of Arizona and Utah primarily in cooler temps in the 60s and 70s, though on a few occasions we did get caught out in the 80s.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our Best Trail Bikes of 2017 and Best Bike Racks of 2017, along with our bike helmet tests and other bike related gear tests.

Specialized Enduro Pro

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2017

Specialized Enduro Pro

The Specialized Enduro Pro shorts are a downhill/enduro short built for durability and containing a ton of storage.

Club Ride Commander Shorts

86

2017

Club Ride Commander Shorts

The Club Ride Commander Short is a stylish, full function cross-country/enduro/downhill short.

Pearl Izumi Launch Short

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2017

Pearl Izumi Launch Short

The Pearl Izumi Launch short is a relaxed fit mountain bike short for cross country, enduro and downhill riding.

Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts

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2017

Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts

The Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike short is a cross-country/enduro style short built for warm weather.

Sweet Protection El Duderino

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2017

Sweet Protection El Duderino

The Sweet El Duderino short is a well-made cross-country/enduro bike short.

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