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    Baggy shorts for a clyde

    I'm looking for some baggy shorts that fit. Everything I have looked at seem to be cut small. I wear a 38-40 waist


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    www.aerotechdesigns.com
    I recently bought a pair of Adidas Schley shorts from chainlove.com that I absolutely love in XXL. Unless you can find em on a close out, they are pricy.
    I about the same size as you, maybe a touch bigger.
    Hoss Ponderosa's are available in big sizesas well
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    I wear 40" jeans and khakis (my actual waist measures around 45" round) and like the Hoss Ponderosa XXL. They have good customer support as well.

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    What about Endura Hunvees?

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    I am in the same boat waist-wise.

    I have tried endura liners and the xl was a bit snug. The best loose shorts I have run are the Fox Epic shorts in a 38in waist. I actually have to run them snugged tight in the expanders not to lose them. I was just on the fox site (http://shop.foxracing.com) and it looks like the epic is no more. They do have Seargent shorts available up to 42in waist and Attack short to 38in.

    I have heard good review of the Hoss shorts, but have not tried them.
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    Hoss Ponderosa...Just bought a pair and love them. They run slightly small though so get one size up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medik13
    Hoss Ponderosa...Just bought a pair and love them. They run slightly small though so get one size up.
    Even Hoss are small on me. They fit but are hard to get on. I'm talking xxxl with my 42" waist. Its probably a body shape thing, my legs are massive, not just my gut.

    REI (Novara) XXL seem to fit really well. They have a couple models worth getting.

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    I have to throw in another vote for the Hoss Ponderosa shorts. I have 2 pairs now one in black and one camo pair. I have a 38-40 waist and wear the XXL's cause they do come a little small but I have found them to be way easier to get into than the super tight Fox shorts plus they are way cheaper. Price Point is selling the for 45 a pair right now, that is where I got the black camos.

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    Unlike you guys I have to +1 for www.aerotechdesigns.com . I'm a little larger but they have what I need.
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    I wear 40 waited dress pants and 38 waited blue jeans. The 38 waist Fox Downhill Mid Rangers fit me perfect. With that said, if I were any bigger in the waist they'd be snug.

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    I have a 36" waist and XL Humvees fit me just fine, so the XXL may work for you.

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    I find the Ponderosas to fit even smaller than 1 size, maybe 2 sizes. It's crazy. But they are great shorts.
    My waist is 44, but I've always had to get 46 pants so my legs fit in em. Most shorts I wear a 44.
    I had to get the xxxxl ponderosas. Crazy! I wear a XXL in almost any atheletic shorts. XXXL if they are crazy tight.
    Hoss makes great stuff. I originally ordered 3xl and they were way too tight. I contacted Hoss, and they sent me the 4xl with a return label to send the 3xl back. Didn't cost any extra. They are a great company!

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    Has anyone had any luck with the larger-sized Performance Bike baggies (and jerseys) or are they something we should stay away from? How about some of the REI house-brand baggies?

    I ask only because of price (I'm cheap), convenience (I'm lazy) and sizing (I'm fat.... xxxl).

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    There's nothing wrong with them. The material isn't as nice as Pearl Izumi or some of the other higher end brands, but they fit. The Performance XXXL jerseys fit my 50" chest, 40 inch gut pretty well. I've been riding mostly a REI pair of baggies since last summer and no problems yet except i am losing weight and might need another pair hehe.

    Hoss XXXL doesn't fit me all that well. Its loose at the waist but doesn't fit my thighs or legs.

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    I'm really big too and you should try www.aerotechdesigns.com . I'm also thrifty and aerotech has sizes to fit all and reasonable prices too. You can order on line 24/7. Check them out, they have all kinds of bike stuff.
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    Thanks, nuggets, I'll give the site a look. Mordy - I appreciate your feedback and look forward to trying out some of the stuff from Performance.

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    I have a 40" waist and XXL Humvees are tight. They're also a little snug on my legs. I think they're made in Scotland, so it's a Euro cut.
    I like turtles

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    I got some Nike ACG in 40" with a pair of Fox tights and they are working great

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    While at a LBS yesterday I came across a pair of XXL Humvees, and, while there was no chance that they would fit me, I *really* liked the look, feel and apparent quality of the baggies. I guess it gives me something to which I can aspire...

    In the meantime, I'll be going with a couple of pairs of Performance Bike 'Boulder' baggies and their mtn L/S jerseys.

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    I got to say. I'm a 42 waist. And I never find anything that fits me right in the LBS. Plenty of the Specialized or Cannondale Grinds fit around the waist (almost too big) but the legs are always too tight when you get into a cycling postion.

    The closest short that I found that fit great was the Trek series and they just were a terrible quality short. I ended up swapping them out twice becuase they fell apart with in days of wearing them. Finally just returned them.

    The best thing that's worked out for me has been the baggy style swimshorts. I've gotten 4 or 5 sets from Marshalls/TJ Maxx. Simple Black or Grey (Nike, Billabong) for dirt cheap.
    Less than $20 each for the shell and just wear a camoise lycra under them.

    I've done a whole season of DH on 2 pairs that are still going strong and just picked up 2 more at Marshalls today. They are light strechy and quick drying. And even if they rip or get wrecked, they are cheap enough, i could care less....

    I'm done looking at expensive cycling shorts that don't do what I need....
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    Interesting. I'll have to check out my local discount stores and see if I can make something like that work for me.

    Thanks!

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    That's a wise move. I took the same approach and got a couple a pair of basketball shorts and they worked great with a pair of lycra shell underneath. Like you said, quick dry and very durable.
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    I wear a 40" jean and my LBS had a pair of Trek baggies in XL that fit me like a glove.

    However, the liner shorts are very snug around my thighs. I guess I'm lucky. I carry almost no weight on my legs except muscle. All my extra "padding" is in my torso. Anyone with extra in the thigh area would probably find them a bit small...

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    Check out www.mtborah.com and click on their + sizes. I'm 48 inseam, I bought a few pairs of their XXL baggy shorts and they fit perfect. That was 4 years ago and I still have them and use them, so the quality isn't bad either.

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    While at a Perfromance B&M store in PDX today, I tried on their Boulder baggies, size XXL and they were too tight for me. So tight, in fact, that I'm wondering whether I should skip 3XL and go for 4XL. For reference, my waist is 45".

    I also tried on an XXL Mtn jersey. While the jersey did a fine job of highlighting my rather sexy man-boobs, it was far too tight in the shoulder and arm areas. There was plenty of room around the waist, however. It looks I'll definitely be skipping the 3XL jerseys and going straight to the 4XL.
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    Aerotech Designs & Mt. Borah

    Quote Originally Posted by nuggets
    I'm really big too and you should try www.aerotechdesigns.com . I'm also thrifty and aerotech has sizes to fit all and reasonable prices too. You can order on line 24/7. Check them out, they have all kinds of bike stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by OutsideinKS
    Check out www.mtborah.com and click on their + sizes. I'm 48 inseam, I bought a few pairs of their XXL baggy shorts and they fit perfect. That was 4 years ago and I still have them and use them, so the quality isn't bad either.
    I'm quickly running out of options - even the local discount stores have limited sizes. It looks as if Aerotech Designs and Mt. Borah are going to be my go-to sources. I appreciate the info!

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    I decided to go with Mt. Borah shorts (tight and baggy) from UniversalCycles.com. After talking with the people at Mt. Borah - who were very nice and quite helpful - picked up a pair of 3XL Ridge (baggy) and Pro (tight) shorts. I'll provide a report on the fit after I receive them on Monday.

    I also decided to purchase some boxer-style padded cycling liners from REI (Novara brand). I purchased XXL and they run true to size (for me). I plan on using these with the cheap shorts I purchased from Walmart, should all other options fail.

    In terms of jerseys, I also picked up some plus-sized long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts from Walmart, along with some compression t-shirts and compression liners. These items are all made by the Walmart brand "Starter" using what the call "Dri-Star" for moisture wicking. Dri-Star is just polyester, but it seems to work quite well and the shirts/jerseys fit very well for big boys. Of course, they are thin and won't last long, but they're cheap ($9-$12 per piece) and they'll work until I find a longer-term solution.

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    i wear 3 different size shoes depending on brand. i wear 32-38 inch pants depending on brand (seriously, how do you measure an inch differently!?). i wear medium to extra large shirts depending on brand..

    bike shorts are no different! they're just a hassle to order online, its almost a surefire way to get the wrong thing. this is one of those cases that its genuinely worth it to buy locally so you can try them on. it'll be worth the extra few bucks to get what fits, the first time. you can buy replacements online for cheaper once you get a baseline fit

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    make the layers for yourself...

    I found a few pairs of Hiking/trekking shorts at the local sporting goods store for less than 10 bucks. Being able to layer those over some lycra is nice because I find that some of the baggies available seem to have a thinner chamois than the lycra. This way, you can get something thicker to protect the boys, while still having the functionality of the baggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
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    ...this is one of those cases that its genuinely worth it to buy locally so you can try them on. it'll be worth the extra few bucks to get what fits, the first time. you can buy replacements online for cheaper once you get a baseline fit
    I tried. I tried hard. Very hard.

    But, alas, after exhausting the local Portland market for anything close to my size, I finally had to give in and take a chance. Fortunately, Universal Cycles is local for me and I talked with them prior to ordering. I'll be stopping by their shop on Monday afternoon to try on the Mt. Borah shorts. If either - or both - are ill-fitting, I'll be able to return then before I leave the warehouse. Thank goodness...

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    Here is an easy fix.Go to a local motorcycle shop and by a pair of" Moose" brand off road riding under shorts,they have them in vented and non vented.They are just like road bike shorts with the chamie.Now Moose makes big boy sizes.Then go buy any pair of baggie shorts that you like!!!!!!
    Been there, done that it works awesome and you are not stuck with ugly bike shorts!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gclark
    Here is an easy fix.Go to a local motorcycle shop and by a pair of" Moose" brand off road riding under shorts,they have them in vented and non vented.They are just like road bike shorts with the chamie.Now Moose makes big boy sizes.Then go buy any pair of baggie shorts that you like!!!!!!
    Been there, done that it works awesome and you are not stuck with ugly bike shorts!!!!
    Good suggestion. Thanks!

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    Zinn big & tall clothing

    So, I finally clicked on the Zinn banner at the top of the Clyde forum (Zinn is our sponsor...). They have a big & tall clothing section. Doh!

    Anyhow, they offer a pair of baggy shorts that are made by Hoss Technical Gear. Sizing goes up to XXXLT (Tall):

    http://zinncycles.pinnaclecart.com/i...d=28&parent=10


    Zinn website product description:
    Made by Hoss Technical Gear, the Zinn baggies are customized to fit taller riders. The material is durable and comfortable and the pockets are useful. The shorts are outfitted with a liner and chamois for comfort and fit.

    Sizes LT- XXXLT (T stands for tall).

    Sizing info: waist:30-33= LT; waist:34-37=XLT; waist:38-41=XXLT waist:42-48=XXXLT

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    Those look exactly like the Ponderosa shorts. (Which are great, I have two pair)

    You will like those.

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    Another Hoss vote here!

    I've wear a 38" jean and the XL Hoss Ponderosa is great. Best baggy riding short ever.
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    Just got my first pair of Hoss Ponderosas and I like them a lot. I have a 36" waist (but a larger than normal ass) and the 2X was the right size.

    I don't understand the bike short manufacturers. I take an XL in all other styles of shorts but an XL in mt biking shorts are always too tight.

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    European Sizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyj0708
    I don't understand the bike short manufacturers. I take an XL in all other styles of shorts but an XL in mt biking shorts are always too tight.
    The wonders of the so-called "European sizing"! I've found that, based on European sizing "standards", I should wear a 6XL or 7XL jersey. Boy, those Europeans must be awfully small.....

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    Zinn Cycles Baggy Short

    Okay, I just purchased a pair of Zinn's Baggy Shorts; they should arrive early next week. Once I give them a spin or two, I'll write up a little comparison with the Mt. Borah Ridge shorts that I purchased a couple of weeks ago.


    Quote Originally Posted by dog.gone
    So, I finally clicked on the Zinn banner at the top of the Clyde forum (Zinn is our sponsor...). They have a big & tall clothing section. Doh!

    Anyhow, they offer a pair of baggy shorts that are made by Hoss Technical Gear. Sizing goes up to XXXLT (Tall):

    http://zinncycles.pinnaclecart.com/i...d=28&parent=10


    Zinn website product description:
    Made by Hoss Technical Gear, the Zinn baggies are customized to fit taller riders. The material is durable and comfortable and the pockets are useful. The shorts are outfitted with a liner and chamois for comfort and fit.

    Sizes LT- XXXLT (T stands for tall).

    Sizing info: waist:30-33= LT; waist:34-37=XLT; waist:38-41=XXLT waist:42-48=XXXLT

    Here's a pic:

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    REI Sale - Sahara Tech Tees & Sahara Shorts - Extended Sizes

    These might be great MTB shorts when used with their padded cycling underwear:

    REI Sahara shorts in extended sizes @ $23
    http://www.rei.com/product/746924


    Nice activewear shirts to be used as cheap wicking jerseys:

    REI Sahara Tech Tee - Men's Extended Sizes @ $15
    http://www.rei.com/product/746350
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    Quote Originally Posted by dog.gone
    So, I finally clicked on the Zinn banner at the top of the Clyde forum (Zinn is our sponsor...). They have a big & tall clothing section. Doh!

    Anyhow, they offer a pair of baggy shorts that are made by Hoss Technical Gear. Sizing goes up to XXXLT (Tall):

    http://zinncycles.pinnaclecart.com/i...d=28&parent=10


    Zinn website product description:
    Made by Hoss Technical Gear, the Zinn baggies are customized to fit taller riders. The material is durable and comfortable and the pockets are useful. The shorts are outfitted with a liner and chamois for comfort and fit.

    Sizes LT- XXXLT (T stands for tall).

    Sizing info: waist:30-33= LT; waist:34-37=XLT; waist:38-41=XXLT waist:42-48=XXXLT

    Here's a pic:
    The waists won't be your issue. It will be the thighs.

    The ONLY thing I have found to fit my thighs are Pearl Izumi baggies (and I had to mend the waists to get them a tad tighter. (Just say no to Hoss, no to Performance)

    I have ordered, tried on and returned more than you can imagine as local selection is limited for us bigger folk.

    Love my pearl lyrcas as well as my baggies (well vented and rugged).

    The compression and the motorcycle, baggy short is a good idea.

    Spend the coin on your chamois and protect the compression shorts with something cheap.

    Not a great option for here (Austin) in the summer, as you'll over heat pretty darn quick dressed in layers like that without venting.

    Summertime I wear the Pearl Izumi tight ones. There is no shame in comfort!

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    How long are those Zinn or the Fox shorts?

    I wear 36 waist (mabye really 34, but I like them kinda loose with a belt). My problem is I'm 6'6" with long legs. Looking for a short that will come to my knee.

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    After reading this thread a couple weeks ago I bought a pair of Hoss shorts. Went with XXL since I read they run a size small. I'd say they run 2 sizes small. I wear a 38 in jeans and the Fox 38 shorts fit me well. The XXL Hoss shorts fit me SNUG. The Hoss shorts seem to be good quality but I'll stick to the FOX shorts as they are a little more comfortable and seem to be more true to size.

    KTM, I'm 6'3 w/ a 33" inseam and the Fox mid-rangers hang down to the middle of my knee cap.

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    I *just* received my Zinn/Hoss baggy shorts via UPS minutes ago. Tried 'em on right away.

    I purchased the XXXL-T. They are supposed to fit 42"-48" waists and have a slightly longer inseam than standard Hoss shorts. After losing a little weight recently thanks to biking, my 46" pants are now loose. That being said, the Zinn/Hoss XXXL-T shorts are a bit tight. Doable, but tight. I would say that if your waist size is any larger than 45", these would be too small.

    On the bright side, the length is good. The actual baggy portion of the short comes down about an inch below my knee. The inner/tight short is just a little above my knee. Plenty of length for most riders.
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    BTW, these are indeed Hoss shorts - fully retail-tagged as Hoss with the only difference being the addition of the Zinn logo on the two side pockets (the logo is on the pocket cover, rather than on the side of the pocket as in the pic above). They are identical to the Hoss in every other respect as far as I can tell.

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    Mai, funny you mention it but I too grabbed a set of those 40in Nike ACG shorts. A local sporting store was selling them for about $20 and I figured I could use then as a shell. They are pretty loose on me, but the 38in was too small.

    At any rate, I have picked up a couple of new Fox shorts. Unfortunately true to most recent fox offerings they are cut for very straight, non curvy types. Sized on the tight end of their size range. So buying a 38, expect it to be 37.5-38 and not a loose 38-38.5.

    Sergeant 38in: very comfy, removable liner, pockets all over, stretch material. They are a bit snug and a bit long, but comfortable to ride in. I am going to keep them as motivation to drop my waist size by .5in in the next couple of months. One oddity is that these have a very shallow crotch. They feel like I am going to plumber crack guys behind me. They may not be good for those with big buts. I am on the big end of medium in that dept.

    Ranger 40in: I figured if the shorts are true to size, then I should check out a 40in short for kicks. Well no-go. These things are swimming in the waist. They also appear to have even less room in the trunk. Not a good combo (loose waist and not enough bum space). They don't have a belt loop and the velcro size adjust just isn't inspiring any confidence. These are going back to the vendor. They look good on paper, but not for me.

    Lastly I grabbed a set of Hoss Ponderosa shorts. For my size I needed a XXXL. Holy cow, I am not even 40in waist and I have been dubbed 3XL The shorts are comfy. Took them out for about 10mi this afternoon. They do suffer the droopy chamois issue that seems common to sewn in liners. Not a huge issue, but it catches on the saddle nose occasionally. For the price they are hard to beat. Unlike fox there was plenty of booty room, maybe even a little too generous.
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    I wear Adidas and Nike basketball & sport shorts.. I never tried any pro riding shorts.. where do I get a lycra shell to use? I googled it and I cant find one to buy called a "lycra shell"... I know its a totally noob question, but i really have no idea, I havnt looked into outerwear any further than the gloves.

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    Liners aren't the easiest to find alone, but they are out there...
    http://www.rei.com/product/765677
    http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-El.../dp/B001G0N9EM
    http://www.bicyclebuys.com/clothing/Shorts/0740468PART
    http://www.google.com/product_url?q=...hl=en&sa=title

    Keywords for searching: liner, pearl izumi versa, chamois, fox titan, canari, bellwether
    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    that's the stupidest idea this side of pinkbike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AL29er
    Liners aren't the easiest to find alone, but they are out there...
    http://www.rei.com/product/765677
    http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-El.../dp/B001G0N9EM
    http://www.bicyclebuys.com/clothing/Shorts/0740468PART
    http://www.google.com/product_url?q=...hl=en&sa=title

    Keywords for searching: liner, pearl izumi versa, chamois, fox titan, canari, bellwether
    I'm leaning towards the canari gel one from your list. I wonder if theres better reviews out there.

    I need to find them in XXL, thats the size of the sport shorts I wear.. my measure should be 46" I think.

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    Go to www.aerotechdesigns.com and you'll find the lycra shell listed as exercise shorts. they also have anything related to bicycle clothing you can think of. Sizes to 5X and prices that are hard to beat anywhere.
    Larry

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