What to Consider When Picking Your Mountain Bike Shorts

What to Consider When Picking Your Mountain Bike Shorts
Most modern cycling shorts are made from nylon, polyester or similar technical fabric that will provide a tight, aerodynamic fit.

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Choosing Your Mountain Bike Shorts

What to Consider When Picking Your Mountain Bike Shorts

Cycling short materials

Most modern cycling shorts are made from nylon, polyester or similar technical fabric that will provide a tight, aerodynamic fit. While they may look similar, more advanced proprietary materials can be more breathable, allowing more air to flow through them and helping you stay cool. Some also have moisture-wicking properties that help prevent sweat from seeping into your clothes.

We strongly recommend that you avoid shorts made from cotton and other thicker materials that absorb moisture.

Type of Padding in Your Shorts

To cushion or not to cushion? That’s a personal question. The rear cushion, usually made of thin, often removable foam pads, helps absorb shock during bumpy driving. Padded shorts rarely affect how you feel on the bike, but they can be a little uncomfortable before and after a ride.

Many cyclists prefer to avoid shorts with built-in padding and instead wear a singlet, a separate type of underwear that helps prevent chafing and provides a small amount of padding. Whether you use padded or padded shorts, padding is completely optional, but can be very helpful if you’re often left feeling sore when you get down.

Look For key Features

Mountain bike shorts can have many special features, such as buckles and safety buckles at the waist, side or back pockets for a phone, micro capabilities, size adjustment , additional ventilation, etc. You may not need any of these, or you may want them all.

I usually look for a zippered pocket or two for my phone and an adjustable belt so I can always get a perfect fit on ride day. I also avoid shorts that have too many little hanging details, such as carabiners, that could get caught on something.

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