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    Your favorite (baggy) trail shorts?

    I'd make a poll but I'm somewhat new to mountain biking and I wouldn't know all the popular models.

    What are your favorite trail shorts? What features do you look for/prefer?

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    Last year I was able to pick up a pair of long Royal DH shorts from Sierra Trading post for cheap. They are awesome, hit just above my knee and have plenty of pockets if I need them. I also have a pair of Scott and Fox shorts but the Royal are my favorite. Really comes down to what you have local, what you consider baggy and what fits you best. All pretty personal items just like helmet fit or jerseys. Go to your LBS and try some on, heard really good things about the Endura Humbee and the Pearl Izumi as well.

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    Troy Lee Designs Ruckus... expensive but durable, the most comfortable liner I have ever had. Just enough pockets and zipped vents. Good all year round in NorCal.

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    tld skyline. I have the regular and the skyline air. I chose depending on temp.

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    Lots of folks around me run TLD- they are $$$

    Im partial to Fox Rangers and Zoic eithers, having said that I ordered a pair of TLD motos

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    tld skyline also. i've always bought previous years models on closeout so the price isn't horrible. luckily the older models with the rear waist zipper pocket have lasted me years and i shouldn't need to buy any more for a long while. definitely got my money's worth.

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    I really like my Gravity Anomaly shorts---they are affordable and super durable---and are quite comfortable and functional on and off the bike. I have 3 pairs of the GA shorts and I don't even have a loose thread after several years of riding. I am quite impressed with their shorts. On a whim, I purchased a pair of Kitsbow A/M Ventilated shorts on sale last year. Even on sale, the Kistbow shorts are pretty expensive. The fit (they do feel "tailored"), ventilation, and comfort of the Kitsbow shorts on the trail is awesome. Due to lack of useful pockets, they are less functional off of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfabrain View Post
    Troy Lee Designs Ruckus... expensive but durable, the most comfortable liner I have ever had. Just enough pockets and zipped vents. Good all year round in NorCal.
    Have you compared to the Skyline/Terrain shorts?

    I'm glad you guys told me about TLD. I'd seen their helmets but not looked at their shorts.

    I'm probably going to buy a single pair for now. I probably have 10+ pairs of lycra shorts from years of road riding so I've been wearing them under my regular shorts but it'd be nice to have a cooler set of MTB shorts before it gets hot. It's already getting toward 80 degrees here during the day so it won't be long.

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    I have a bunch...but the ones I grab now first are Zoic Ethers. They are by far the best of the ones I have used...great shorts. Read the reviews on them as most agree.

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    Lots of brands are variations on the same short made by the same factory.

    I don't use pockets and wear dh shorts for dh so I look for light and minimalist shorts. I got a couple pair of 100% Celium shorts this year and they are fantastic, both the liner and outer are best I've used. The material is light, a little stretchy and just gets out of the way.

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    Fox rangers here.


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    Sweet protection hunter enduros work well for me

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    Dakine Derail short has been the best bang for the buck of all the shorts I’ve owned. The material is durable and it stretches so they are comfy too. Picked them up for a little over $40 online somewhere.
    If you plan on riding a lot I wouldn’t recommend getting the cheapest shorts available, they’ll either wear out just from riding in a season or get torn to shreds the moment they get hooked on anything. Plus a more durable short can literally save your ass If you go down.

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    Zoic Ethers. So many different colors, great departments, and super comfy!

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    Dakine Syncline

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    iXS Sever Shorts. really nice fit (for me, 30" waist, size S), don't fee; them on the bike, and go from Trail to Beer really easily

    Durable too, I has, as always, binned it a few times and the shorts always come out better than I do!

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    Just as an update, I got a pair of the Zoic Ethers. Looking forward to trying them out; they should be here tomorrow or Wednesday.

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    There is no contest on this: TLD Skyline Air.

    I live in AZ, and ride in the heat, and have used all sorts of different shorts and chamois’. These are the lightest and most comfortable, and come with a very nice chamois. They are literally a see-through mesh over the chamois.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    There is no contest on this: TLD Skyline Air.

    Seriously, absolutely no contest.

    +1. I think they're worth the money, and I don't usually feel that way about most mtb shorts and liners. I haven't had mine very long, so I don't know how well all that mesh will hold up, but they can't be beat for airflow.

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    Troy Lee skyline... High quality shorts. Nice thick silicon strip in the back to stop slippage. Big, but not too big zipper pockets. Chamios is amazing... It has great silicon stirips at the top and bottom to really stick where it is. Fits well with my knee pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    +1. I think they're worth the money, and I don't usually feel that way about most mtb shorts and liners. I haven't had mine very long, so I don't know how well all that mesh will hold up, but they can't be beat for airflow.
    I got a couple pair recently for alot off the list price, so there are bargains to be had on the interwebz.
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    Zoic Black Market. My fav riding shorts and casual/work shorts. I have 6 pairs, wear them every day during the warm months.

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    I just picked up some Canari Orange ones with the liner from NashBar for $24 shipped. I am also using some Coleman utility shorts that I grabber from SamsClub. No liner of course but lightweight and quick dry material with good pockets.

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    I am a big fan of the ZOIC Ethers. They just fit me well, quite durable and quality construction.

    I do like the crotch design of the Fox, just seems less baggy where you don't need it. Shorts are almost like saddles, pretty personal choice.

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    Fox Ranger cargo shorts. Love having the extra pockets and can find them relatively cheap.

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    Ethers and Rangers are too short, otherwise they are pretty good. I wear knee pads every ride and the shorts have to be long enough.
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    I haven't tried most of the shorts listed in this thread, but I really like my Endura Singletracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by siata94 View Post
    Zoic Black Market. My fav riding shorts and casual/work shorts. I have 6 pairs, wear them every day during the warm months.
    Same. I used to like the Ethers, but the elastic waist ban degrades after two or three years and then won't stay up. They were on sale for $35 with liner at the end of last year and I grabbed three pair. They're back to full price now though.

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    Why so short Zoic?
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    You must be tall? I guess I don't understand the benefits of longer shorts with pads. I also wear knee pads (only on descends) and I'm not aware of any prob w/ them or all the other shorts (TDL, Fox or cheap hybrid).

    For riding, the Black Market combination of elastic waist and belt, I never feel like they're slipping down. Others like the Rangers do for me. My only gripe w/ the included belt is that they're too long, prob the same belt for all waist sizes and I wear 30. But that's really nitpicking...

    For casual wear, the Black Market don't stand out at all, just plain black (all 6 pairs) and the perfect length for me for work/casual wear. Personally I don't wear shorts that are below the top of the kneecap.

    As for elastic waistband degradation, I find it happens eventually for all types of shorts/pants. Generally speaking, top-loading washing machines are excellent at destroying clothes; front-loading much less so. I tie the drawstring or tighten the belt when they go into the washer and none destroyed since. Obviously you can't do that with the Ethers...
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    I hate it when the bottom of the shorts rides up on top of the pad and leaves a gap. I'm only 5'9" but want a 14" inseam and pockets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    I hate it when the bottom of the shorts rides up on top of the pad and leaves a gap. I'm only 5'9" but want a 14" inseam and pockets.
    "Gaper gap"

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    interesting... I like the little ventilation there...

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    Norrøna Fjørå Flex1 or Dri3 if it's a mud fest. TLD Moto or Sprint shorts on the DH bike. Before that I used Sombrio Pinner shorts

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    Kuhl Z Cargo, out of production now, get them off ebay and Zoic Carbon liners.

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    1) Club Ride: light, and beathable, beautiful fit
    2) Endura : durable, protective, great fit (My hubby has the knickers style and finds the quality and design perfect for his riding style ie enduro)
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    Endura Humvee Knickers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    Endura Humvee Knickers.
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    For warm and dry weather TLD Skyline, best ever shorts.

    For colder and wet Madison Addict DWR.

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    Just got a pair of the the new dirt roamer shorts from Patagonia and love them. They're not cheap but they're super light but feel durable. They're suited a little better than the Dirt craft shorts thats have thicker material.

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    Zoic Ether shorts work well for me!

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    Endura Humvee Lite. Plenty of pockets, light and cool, come with clip in liner, cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farfromovin View Post
    Zoic Ether shorts work well for me!
    That’s what I’ve got and I like them a lot. Just need to buy a few more liners... the shells line dry quickly, but the liners don’t...


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