We all know that finding great mountain bike shorts isn’t the easiest feat, women tend to be very different when it comes to fit, and we all like different things, so finding a pair of shorts that fit and feel great is definitely a reason to celebrate. While some women prefer men’s shorts, and some can fit into youth, we’ve compiled a list of the best women’s specific shorts available for all kinds of riding!
[part title="Altura Women's Ascent Baggy Cycling Shorts"]
Altura Ascent are a lightweight short with a nylon outer and removable mesh lining, they come with an adjustable waist and zipped pockets. They are quick drying and suitable for anything from cross country rides to commuting as they are both comfortable and practical. Available in sizes 8 to 18 these shorts offer an everyday choice for riding, available in black they also come with rear waist adjusters to ensure you get a comfortable fit. Strong and durable, the shorts are women specific and have a flattering cut. They are not the longest of shorts, and for most women come to just above the knee, though they still offer protection and style and are a great choice if you’re looking for good shorts at an affordable price.
Price: £35.99 from from Wiggle
[part title="Royal Racing Concept Short"]
The Concept are Royal Racing’s flagship trail riding short. A great looking short in either red and white or black and turquoise, they come with a detachable liner with chamois padding. A comfortable short with great ventilation and waist adjusters, Concept also come equipped with a water-proof audio pocket with inner cable routing and two zipped pockets. They are made from a 4-way stretch fabric that offers great manoeuvrability when riding, and the liner also offers plenty of ventilation and added comfort on long rides. Available in sizes XS to XL these shorts are perfect for long XC rides, or having fun on the trails.
Price: from £36.14 - £53.99 depending on colour and size from Chain Reaction Cycles.
[part title="Madison Flux 88 "]
The Madison Flux offer a great cut and women’s specific fit and offer a 4-way stretch material to provide extra comfort. The flux also offer a detachable short liner with chamois, available in grey or black in sizes 8 to 16. Internal waist adjustment allows you to adjust them for the perfect fit. They have subtle patterns, and as an added bonus they also come with a limited lifetime warranty. Although they aren’t waterproof they do offer a quick drying and a rip-stop material. Overall these are a fantastic short for an affordable price and should keep your comfortable and cool whilst out riding.
Price: £54.99 from Westbrook Cycles.
[part title="Race Face Khyber Short"]
The Khyber are a stylish short available in blue, lime or black offering plenty of options to mix and match when it comes to kit. Race Face say they have taken all the innovations of the Race Face DIY short, and extended those further to offer plenty of pockets for those who like the option to keep things on them during rides. They Khyber also come equipped with double reinforced seams, mesh venting on the inner thigh, an inner waistband adjustment system and tweedster fabric. The shorts are recommended for aggressive riding when extra abrasion resistance and durability is preferred and come to just below the knee. Overall these look great and are hard-wearing and will keep you dry and cool in all weathers.
Price: £69.25 from TweekCycles.
[part title="Troy Lee Women Moto Short"]
Troy Lee are a popular option as they offer stylish, good quality shorts with a good fit. Not the cheapest option, but Troy Lee stand by the fact they give women what they ask for when it comes to kit, and have opted for ‘No flowers, no butterflies, just the bold, aggressive styling you want and expect from Troy Lee Designs. Unsurpassed fit and quality tailored just for you.’ The moto short comes in either black or white and are made from a denier polyester fabric for durability. They come equipped with a ratchet adjustment on the waist and a mesh liner as well as two pockets and a women’s specific fit. Overall these are great looking shorts and they are sure to survive whatever you throw at them out on the trails.
Price: £71.99 from Leisure Lake Bikes.
[part title="Shredly Knicker Short"]
Shredly may only be to certain people’s taste, but there is no denying that their shorts offer something entirely different. The knicker short, designed for downhill come in a range of designs, patterns, colours and names with something to suit everyone. The lightweight material offers great comfort and durability, whilst the fit brings the shorts to just below the knee. The Knicker boasts contoured waistband with Velcro waist adjuster tabs, gusseted crotch for ease of movement and comfort and invisible zipper thigh vents. There is also an option to wear a chamois liner, but these are sold separately. If you want something entirely different and don’t mind spending that little bit more, Shredly definitely offer a flattering and stylish option.
Price: £74.99 from Gravity Bikes
[part title="Flare Teal Enduro Short"]
The Flare Enduro Shorts are made from loose-fitting polyester, and have been designed to offer style, comfort and a flattering fit. In sizes XS to Large the shorts come equipped with a cam-buckle on the hip for adjustments, elasticated waistband, a breathable and wicking material and vents in both legs to accommodate leg protection. Available in Teal or Pink, Flare have done extensive research into what women want from kit and the enduro shorts are the result of this. Flare say they want to offer an option to look feminine without sacrificing quality, meaning you can feel good about how you look and express yourself out on the trails.
Price: £84.99 from Flare Clothing.
[part title="Loeka Freeride Shorts"]
Price: £84.99 from Fix Distribution.
Loeka’s shorts offer a great women’s specific fit and the DH/Freeride shorts are no exception. The 2014 version offers an improved seam line for a more flattering figure as well as a more streamlined fit. They also offer Front, rear and cargo pockets, subtle graphics, inner thigh vents, a more hard-wearing fabric and longer cut than comes to just below the knee. The DH/Freeride shorts are made from a soft-touch polyester/spandex mix fabric that is anti-bacterial, breathable and DWR coated meaning they will stay feeling great in all conditions. Made in Canada, Loeka are a popular option with women all over the World. Available in sizes Small to XL in black, meaning you can mix and match when it comes to the rest of your kit.
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