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Buyer’s Guide: Baggy shorts

Look good and ride in comfort on the trails this summer with four solid baggy shorts for mountain bikers of all stripes

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$84, PanacheCyclewear.com
Good styling, functional pockets, great fit — you can pick all three. Even better, the Panache Ride shorts are competitively priced. The Ride Short is lightweight and available in two subdued colors, all black and blue, dumping the “moto look” for a design that we actually wear whether we’re on our bikes or not.

$100, PearlIzumi.com
The Elevate is cut longer and baggier than Pearl’s other shorts, dropping to just below the knee to maintain full compatibility with knee pads. Front thigh zippers provide excellent venting for hot days and the ripstop fabric will hold up to many seasons of abuse. The internal liner is quite comfortable as well.


$150, Specialized.com
Last year, Specialized clothing didn’t make the cut; it simply wasn’t up to the standards of this guide. But the latest gear, including the excellent SWAT bib-short liner used in the completely redesigned line, takes Specialized’s mountain bike apparel to 
a new level. The Atlas XC Pro shorts are the most expensive on this page but come with a pair of superb bib liners with SWAT pockets, perfect for days without a pack. If the electric blue color isn’t for you, they come in black, too.


$140, 7MeshInc.com
Light and thin, yet impressively durable, the Glidepath shorts use an excellent Gore fabric that is water repellent and dries almost instantly. The cut is a bit longer, and a bit baggier, than the others here, and fits perfectly over a pair of kneepads. An adjustable waistband, a perfectly placed phone pocket, and excellent build quality are the icing on the cake.