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Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts - Women's


Item # PAT015Y

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Item # PAT015Y

Wear before, during, and after your ride.

Patagonia's Dirt Craft Bike Shorts combine a clean, flattering design with all of the functionality you'll need for a day of hard trail riding. Constructed with an inner and outer layer, the shorts' slim fit is as well-suited to cycling as it is to hiking and most other outdoor activities. On the outside, a nylon/spandex blend keeps the outer layer of the shorts cool and breathable on hot days and a DWR treatment repels water during surprise rain showers on the trail.

On the inside of the shorts, Patagonia includes a separate, removable liner complete with a soft three-layer chamois and breathable mesh panels. It keeps you comfortable in the saddle without suffocating you under too many layers, and it can be omitted altogether for days spent navigating trails on foot. Added touches like drop-in hand pockets, a zippered security pocket, and an internal elastic waist with button adjustments further enhance the shorts' functionality — don't be surprised if this is a pair that you find yourself reaching for one day after another in the summer.

Tech Specs

[outer short] 96% nylon, 4% spandex, DWR finish, [liner] 73% polyester, 27% spandex stretch, [mesh panels] 80% nylon, 20% spandex
9 in
Removable Liner:
2 hand, 1 rear zippered
Claimed Weight:
289 g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


US Size 0 - 2 4 - 6 8 - 10 12 - 14 16
Chest 32 - 33in
(81.2 - 83.8cm)
34 - 35in
(86.4 - 88.9cm)
36 - 37in
(91.4 - 94cm)
38.5 - 40in
(97.8 - 101.6cm)
Waist 24 - 25in
(61 - 63.5cm)
26 - 27in
(66 - 68.6cm)
28 - 29
(71.1 - 73.7cm)
30.5 - 32in
(77.5 - 81.3cm)
Hip 34.5 - 35.5in
(87.6 - 90.2cm)
36.5 - 37.5in
(92.7 - 95.3cm)
38.5 - 39.5in
(97.8 - 100.3cm)
41 - 42.5in
(104.1 - 108cm)
Inseam 31in
US Size 00 - 2 4 - 6 8 - 10 12 - 14  
Waist 24 - 26in
(61 - 66cm)
27 - 28in
(68.6 - 71.1cm)
29 - 30in
(73.7 - 76.2cm)
31 - 32in
(78.7 -
Chest 32.5 - 33.5in
(82.6 - 85.1cm)
34 - 35in
(86.4 - 88.9cm)
35.5 - 36.5in
(90.2 - 92.7cm)
37 - 38in
(94 - 96.5cm)
39 - 40in
(99.1 - 101.6cm)
Waist 25in
Hip 35.5 - 36in
(90.2 - 91.4cm)
36.5 - 37.5in
(92.7 - 95.3cm)
Formfitting: Conforms to the body's contours.
Slim Fit: Closer-fitting. Slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers.
Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting technical garments may be worn over heavier midlayers.
Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body.
Classic Boy Fit: Boxy, athletic, with a traditional crew neck.
Anika Fit: Formfitting and longer in the torso, with a wider, deeper neck (not quite scoop).
How to Measure:
Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions. 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.
Inseam will vary depending on style; when lengths are offered, "short" is 30, "regular" is 32 and "long" is 33. Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Not Patagonia's best product

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

The shorts have a great fit through the hips, but they flair around the leg and they are very high waisted. I sent mine back.

WOW! Extreme comfort

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

I just need to get this off my chest, I feel like a total d-bag for ordering $150 Patagonia cycling shorts. I fully expected to try them on and return them immediately, but these shorts are magical. So here's the great stuff:
1) No. Muffin. Top. Hallelujah! I'd converted my cycling wardrobe entirely to bib shorts because I hadn't been able to find a chamois that doesn't make my belly bulge. Major breakthrough :-)
2) Extraordinarily comfy chamois. Of course everyone will experience this differently. Out of the box I used these shorts on a strenuous 2-day bike tour. I have never been so comfortable on my bike. I typically wear Castelli bibs that I thought were really comfy, but this Patagonia chamois blew them out of the water. The Patagonia chamois has deep contouring that fits my anatomy well. This seems to eliminate any extra chamois fabric that can bunch up on a long ride and irritate my hoo-ha.
3) Overshorts have a solid waistband. Often I find baggies are too stretchy and work their way down my butt as I'm riding. Really frustrating when you're on and off your seat, catching the crotch of the shorts on your saddle. These shorts stay put, and even have belt loops if you're so inclined.

The things Patagonia can do better on the next iterations:
1) These shorts look more frumpy than other mtb overshorts (like Yeti, Pearl Izumi, Shredly). They're baggy, straight cut shorts with no shape whatsoever. They actually fit very similarly to the Patagonia Baggies (although the sizing is different). Patagonia could work on the styling of the shorts just a bit.
2) Talk about boring colors. I'm glad they're not going all periwinkle on us, but these shorts would be awesome in a bright Hawaiian print.

My sizing: I have a 28" natural waist and 37" hips, the Small fit well. FYI, I have a long torso so shorts that are supposed to hit women at their natural waist normally grab me right in my lovehandles. Didn't make a difference with these shorts.

Great Shorts

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs large

I gave these as a gift to my Mom and she loves them. She says they're very comfortable and they have a lot of great features. But, they do run a little big. Though, that could be good depending upon if you're wearing them over a padded liner.