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DAKINE 8 Track Short - Men's

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Everything about the Dakine 8 Track Short screams DH, and it won't leave you wanting while you lap the chairlift. Dakine thought of everything when it put together this sturdy nylon canvas short, and you'll be loving that all day long—and probably over beers into the evening, too.

The most obvious plus for the 8 Track short is the burly nylon canvas fabric. It can stand up to season after season of serious DH abuse. Dakine also used reinforced stitching through key areas, so you won't be explaining any wardrobe malfunctions to angry parents, frightened children, or other authorities after your next ride. The gusseted crotch, rear stretch panel, and adjustable waist tabs give you the fit and freedom you need, and special patterning at the knees is designed to fit over your pads. 

The 8 Track also has belt loops for added security, and there are a ton of pockets to take care of your valuables. The Dakine 8 Track Short comes in sizes Small through XX-Large. It's available in Charcoal, Black, Octane, and Kelly.

Tech Specs

[shell] nylon canvas, [lining] polyester mesh
16 in
zippered inseam
[external] 2 front, 1 removable pass, [internal] 1 zippered security
Recommended Use:
mountain biking; all-mountain, freeride
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


Chest 38-40in
(96.5 - 101.6cm)
(101.6 - 106.7cm)
(106.7 - 111.8cm)
(111.8 - 116.8cm)
Waist 30-32in
(76.2 - 81.3cm)
(81.3 - 86.4cm)
(86.4 - 91.4cm)
(91.4 - 96.5cm)
Hip 34-36in
(86.4 - 91.4cm)
(91.4 - 96.5cm)
(96.5 - 101.6cm)
(106.7 - 111.8cm)
Inseam 31in
Bike Shorts
Waist 30 - 32in
(76 - 81cm)
32 - 34in
(81 - 86cm)
34 - 36in
(86 - 91cm)
36 - 38in
(91 - 96.5cm)
38 - 41in
(97 - 104cm)
Hip 35 - 37in
(89 - 94cm)
37 - 39in
(94 - 99cm)
39 - 41in
(99 - 104cm)
41 - 43in
(104 - 109cm)
43 - 46in
(109 - 117cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

For DH I have used 15" Dickies, Race Face 3/4 DH pants, and variations of Oakley and other shorts. The Dakine 8 track has for sure been my favorite for both feel and durability. The 8 track has survived several diggers without showing damage. Nothing is completely impervious to wear and tear; but, these have been more durable than other products while still keeping a comfy stretchy feel.

I'm a 34" waist. I went with a large. These have a long loose feel to them. I sometimes wear armored undershorts and these fit over just fine. Get an ARCADE brand stretchy belt for these, ski pants and anything else that has belt loops.

To be clear, I have the 2012 version. They look the same other than colors. If there have been any changes made, I can't tell and assume they would be for the better.

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Please be advised these shorts do run small. I had to return my original purchase, for 1 size larger. It should also be noted I have 5 different colors & love them!

4 5

Nice Shorts - Run Small

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Make sure you buy a size up these run very small. I wear a size 32/33 and the medium fit like lycra.

Responded on

Can anyone confirm whether or not Dakine changed sizing/fit from 2012? In my experience the 2012 Large model was true to size if not a little loose.

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I've purchased several Dakine bike shorts in the past few months and all have been returned for larger sizes. I typically wear a medium sized shorts, but i've been exchanged them for larges. I'm not sure if Dakine has publicly announced sizing changes, but for my experience they have been running small for 2013.