I wear my Shredly shorts as casual shorts, yoga shorts, board shorts, hiking shorts, and yes, I bike in them, too. For biking just add the comfortable chamois liner short ($40) and you’re good to go. The fabric is stretchable so it easy to use these shorts in any number of ways. They dry quick too so a quick dip in a mountain lake during a ride is not out of the question. So whether I’m wading up past my knees in the river with my fly rod, at the lake on my stand-up paddle board, shredding some singletrack on Emerald, or going out for girl’s night – I’m looking good and feeling good with my Shredly shorts that havea very unique style and fit me perfectly.
Now many mountain bikers choose to wear baggy shorts. Baggies feature either an integrated or a detachable chamois liner, as well as an exterior short that looks more like a normal cargo short or pair of casual shorts. However, while the exterior short may look very casual, generally it is made of durable synthetic materials that can withstand heavy use and that also wicks sweat away. Baggies often feature many external pockets for additional gear storage.
The Gravity Anomaly Hero chamois liner short is the perfect padded mountain bike short for long days in the saddle. Quick-drying, breathable fabric in a boxer like brief with compression characteristics keep you on the trail and going when the pedaling gets rough.
If you're riding single-track, cross-country, or any type of recreational mountain biking, regular cycling shorts may be all you need. These are typically made out of very lightweight, stretchable and breathable fabric that wicks moisture away from your skin and have the chamois liner to keep you comfortable. You can wear them on their own or, if you aren't a fan of the Spandex look, under a pair of baggy shorts to keep you comfortable. Cycling shorts are meant to be snug, so they can also do a bit toward protecting your legs from stray branches on the trail.