MTB shorts: Style and function in a short design

MTB Shorts

Cycling shorts for mountain biking in all its forms, such as downhill, marathon and touring, are both functional and stylish companions on short and multi-day cycling trips.
Here you can find some useful tips about cycling shorts, which will help you find the most suitable trousers or shorts for mountain biking in warmer weather.

General features of MTB shorts

The short cycling trousers are both protective and comfortable to wear. UV rays, thorns, branches and in some cases even rain stand no chance against stylish baggy shorts and ¾ shorts for MTB sports.
They also come with and without padding, to guarantee maximum freedom of movement and stress-free comfort on trips with luggage. The inner pants of the cycling trousers can be removed and worn or washed separately.
The materials of MTB shorts are usually not elastic and are highly abrasion-resistant. They dry quickly and allow adequate freedom of movement for demanding manoeuvres on fast-paced trails. When it comes to maximum comfort at fast speeds, there are also slim-fitting mountain biking shorts available with stretch for ambitious cross-country bikers. This also includes bib shorts with comfortable straps. These prevent cold bridges in the kidney area in the forward-leaning riding position.
Waterproof trousers are also available in a short length, which makes particular sense in activities like alpine cross, as they keep the exposed thigh muscles dry and warm while heat escapes at the calves. Like cycling overshoes, these variants are lightweight and compact so they can be carried for emergencies.
Cycling trousers for downhill sport are also equipped with knee and shin protectors with a protective function. Thanks to integrated padding, the sensitive hip bones and backside are protected from impacts during falls.
Just like sporty, tight-fitting trousers for road bike sports, MTB shorts in casual designs should come with reflectors, at least one pockets for keys, a protein bar or a phone, and a higher waistband at the back with non-slip trim. High-quality cycling shorts are available from Shimano, Qloom, Craft and Vaude.

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