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MTB shorts

Best MTB Shorts

When you’re heading off the beaten track you’ll want a pair of loose fit, flexible and durable MTB shorts to ride in comfort. We’ve put together a list of the best MTB shorts you can get at different price points so everybody can find a pair that will suit them.

As with all clothing the more you spend the better the fit will be, the more technical the fabric will be and the more features you get. Some common features of MTB shorts include stretch panel designs that give you greater range of motion while riding. These shorts also include durable fabrics like Ripstop, Ballistic Nylon, double or triple stitching for bombproof performance.

Unlike lycra shorts which have a padded insert (called a chamois) for comfort in the saddle, MTB baggy shorts don’t usually come with one. However, the best MTB shorts will have a padded liner you can slip underneath the shorts.

If you’re planning on riding in soggy weather then shorts with a waterproof coating can greatly reduce discomfort. Breathable fabrics will help you keep your cool on the ascents.

For epic day long trail sessions these MTB shorts will make your ride more enjoyable.


Tenn Burn MTB Baggy Cycling Shorts

Tenn Burn MTB Baggy Cycling Shorts
tenn

£23.49



Quick look

Fabric  Ballistic Nylon


Pockets  2 Front


Undershorts Included  No


Best For  Affordable performance


Review

The Tenn Burn MTB baggy shorts are ideal for taking on epic descents without breaking the bank. These affordable shorts blend durable Nylon and Neoprene for a manoeuvrable and hard-wearing trail short.

A casual cut offers room for a padded liner underneath. 2 zipped pockets give you room to stash ride essentials. A solid all-day, all-mountain pair of shorts.



Versatile and affordable MTB specific shorts.


Madison Trail Mens Baggy Cycling Shorts

Madison Trail Men's Baggy Cycling Shorts
madison

From £44.99



Quick look

Fabric  Ripstop


Pockets  5 Front


Undershorts Included  Yes – 2D Coolmax Chamois Pad


Best For  Pockets to stash ride essentials


Review

The Madison Trail baggy shorts are robust and heavy on features for this price point. These durable shorts are constructed from Ripstop fabric for multi-season use. A four way stretch lumbar panel gives you total freedom of movement when you’re getting energetic on the descents.

Madison’s Trail shorts look just as good on the bike as off it. 5 zippered pockets give you all the storage space you’ll need to stash essentials. Included with the shorts is a removable liner with a good quality 2D Coolmax chamois pad.

Double and triple needle stitching let these shorts take some abuse. You can also buy these in a 3/4 version if you want.



Feature packed trail shorts at a great price


Endura Hummvee Baggy Cycling Shorts

Endura Hummvee Baggy Cycling Shorts
endura

£29.99



Quick look

Fabric  Teflon-Treated Nylon


Pockets  2 Rear, 2 Front, 1 Cargo, 1 Mobile


Undershorts Included  Yes – Clickfast Liner with Coolmax Pad


Best For  Technical performance under £50


Review

Endura's Humvees are one of our most popular pairs of mountain bike shorts, year in, year out. These MTB shorts are packed with features to make them totally practical, comfortable and hardwearing on short or long rides.

Teflon-coated fabric is quick-drying and water resistant, and an easily adjustable waistband means the shorts sit comfortably without pinching. There are so many pockets you may not even need your trail pack and they even come with a removable Clickfast liner, making them a great value package.

In our opinion the Endura Hummvee baggy shorts are the best MTB shorts under £50. They have been for years.



These shorts really mean business. They're tough, practical and loads of pockets.


Madison Addict Baggy Cycling Shorts

Madison Addict Baggy Cycling Shorts
madison

£69.99



Quick look

Fabric  Durable 3-layer fabric


Pockets  2 Front


Undershorts Included  No


Best For  No soggy bottom


Review

We couldn’t put together a list of the best MTB shorts without including a waterproof pair. Madison’s Addict baggies help keep you comfortable on sloppy rides, after all there’s nothing worse than a soggy rear when you’re on a day long epic trail session. All seams are tape sealed to make the shorts 100% waterproof.

Built from 2.5 layer (and 3 layer) fabric with double and triple stitching, these baggy shorts are super rugged for the hardest rides. They’re also very breathable to stop you overheating on the ascents. A silicone gripper keeps the shorts in place while pre-shaped articulated knees offer a perfect cycle fit.



So breathable you won’t overheat slogging up the climbs.


Altura Attack Three 60 Shield Baggy Cycling Shorts

Altura Attack Three 60 Shield Baggy Cycling Shorts
altura

£80.99



Quick look

Fabric  Altura Shield Fabric


Pockets  2 Front


Undershorts Included  No


Best For  All weather performance


Review

Topping out a pick of the best baggy shorts is the Altura Attack Three 60 baggies. At this price point you expect a technical fabric and the Attack deliver. Constructed from Altura Shield technology these shorts are lightweight, offer protection against wind and rain, whilst also being very breathable.

A durable Cordura seat panel is seam sealed at critical areas while ErgoFit 3D patterning is engineered for a more comfortable riding position. Zippered leg vents improve ventilation on tough rides while an adjustable waist band lets you get the right fit.



Super technical fabric for any off-road adventure.