Finding a good pair of mountain bike shorts is more than just getting a pair of baggies, it’s about fit, function, style and comfort too.
There’s a lot of different preferences out there when it comes to MTB shorts. Some riders prefer the harder wearing fabric, most suitable for downhill riding. While others prefer soft-shell for maximum movement on the bike. With features, fastenings, zips and vents, there’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to finding a great pair of shorts.
Admittedly, I’ve always considered Pearl Izumi to be road specific when it came to their garments. Having collaborated with women’s specific organisations such as Strongher, Pearl Izumi is somewhat largely unrecognised on the trails.
So I was a little intrigued when I was given a pair of their women’s Elevate shorts to review. Despite their sterling reputation for producing comfortable performance chamois shorts, these MTB’s are supplied as is.
Having blasted them around the trails, gotten them wet, muddy, washed and dried a few times, it’s time to reflect on how well these shorts performed.