A Few of the Best Women’s Mountain Bike Shorts

Dress those mountain legs in something functional, flattering and super stylish

As far as women’s kit goes, shorts seem to be the most difficult to get right. However, with brands producing more options, it’s becoming easier to find the perfect pair.

Baggy, long, short, tight, relaxed, thick, thin… we all have our preference for clothing that fits us just how we like, while still wanting to look good on the trails.

Up until recently, we women have been faced with a serious lack of selection for riding kit, in fact, many of us have resorted to men’s wear, and even children’s.¬†Thankfully, this all seems to be changing with an increasing number of brands broadening their once limited selection.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite women’s mountain bike shorts that are in the stores now…

Madison Flux Women’s Shorts

Madison Clothing has one of the most extensive ranges of women’s MTB apparel around. Offering top quality kit which is durable, even after miles of fun in the unpredictable British weather.

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The Flux shorts are your lightweight trail option which has been designed to offer all the coverage and durability you could want but in a minimal and efficient way. Zipped pockets, a silicone waistband and a DWR coating to keep the spray away, these shorts are available in sizes UK 8 to UK 16 and in three attractive flat colourways.

dhb MTB Women’s Baggy Trail Shorts

The women’s baggy MTB trail short from dhb is like the LBD of your cycling wardrobe. Fitting, functional and they go with just about anything.

Constructed from a stretchy, yet tough, material, these shorts have moisture wicking properties, adjustable waistband, silicone grippers and spacious pockets for your essentials. Available in sizes UK 8 to UK 16.


US-based women’s MTB brand, SHREDLY, has made a colourful splash in the industry over the last few years.

Lightweight and fitting, these shorts are designed to fit the female body with contoured lines and consideration for a lower waistline. Discrete vents in the legs keep you sufficiently cool, even during rare British heat waves. With a wide range of colours, designs and sizes, it’ll be hard for you to not find the perfect pair. Available in sizes US 00 to US 16 (Best to check their size chart!) here for ¬£72.

ION Traze Women’s Shorts

We’ve been long-standing fans of ION’s MTB range for women. Their winter collection near blew us away and their foray into MTB shoes proved just as popular.

The Traze shorts from ION are your versatile, stretchy and all-around trail short to see you through varying seasons and miles of gnarly fun. Velcro adjustment on the waist helps you to dial in a precise fit whilst laser-cut ventilation holes keep air flowing freely so you don’t overheat. Available from size small upwards.

Fox Women’s Flexair Shorts

Fox was early on the scene with women’s specific kit, drip feeding the occasional jersey and shorts over the years – but now they’ve come out in full force with a great range for some gnarly fun.

Reviewed: Fox Attack Fire Softshell MTB Jacket

The latest Flexair shorts look great. They are slimming and non-restrictive with a simple and eye-catching design The silicone grip waistband keeps them in place with your chamois pants, whilst deterring mud from rolling down into your bum!

Troy Lee Ruckus Shorts

Another popular brand in the women’s MTB industry is Troy Lee Designs with their extensive range of women’s clothing and protection. Each year we see their women’s division growing, and we love it.

Reviewed: Troy Lee Designs women’s trail collection

The Ruckus shorts are constructed from a stretchy polyester and spandex combination, these shorts will move with you as you rip down those trails. Large mesh panels help regulate your temperature, and discretely zipped pockets store your bits n’ bobs safely.

Scott Trail 20 Loose Fit Women’s Shorts

Another big player in the women’s MTB market is Scott Sports. They’ve not only tackled the mammoth mystery that is women’s specific bikes, but they’ve also developed a broad range of seriously stunning MTB wear too.

A loose fitting short with DWR water repellent treatment, the Scott Trail 20 women’s mountain bike shorts have everything you could need for a comfortable and performance driven trail ride. Zipped pockets, chamois fasteners, adjustable waistband and a high backing for additional coverage, what more could you want?

Yeti Enduro Shorts

Yeti Cycles are a surprising contender when it comes to women’s apparel. Famed for their incredible trail bikes, their mountain bike kit has too been taking the trails by storm.

Their Enduro shorts are perfect for most rides. Super lightweight, breathable and minimal, they’re your no-nonsense, faff-free mountain shorts – they’ve survived Morzine and St. Moritz for me, so that’s a huge tick in my books.

So you have the shorts, and now you need a jersey to match… Fear not, we have a roundup of our favourite women’s MTB jerseys right here.

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