Shell- The shorts continue to look tip top after about 320 miles and many wash cycles, including creek washes. They have stretched the slightest bit, but I wouldnât recommend âbuying small'. The fit is really great, huge props for Patagoniaâs first dive into a MTB short. Without being too baggy they have plenty of room for movement in the legs and can go with our without kneepads, I always go without. On a few occasions there was a snag on the tip of the saddle, but that was just one or two times. I really like the fact that they have classic front pockets, allowing me to easily transition from high-country ride to tailgate beers. The zippered pocket is well positioned on the left so whatever is in there wonât ride on your thigh. The belt loops are something Iâve never thought of on a cycling short but were nice and I found myself stashing my gloves in those pockets for the last 30 minutes or so of the ride. I have the size 32 and might be better suited in a 30 but these will continue to get the job done. The zipper fly is a quality touch over hook & loop closure which tends to wear out over time.
The liner- Wow. I must say Patagonia nailed it on the first try. It's very light and breathable, more-so than any other Iâve ridden in. The chamois is really high quality, itâs far from a âitâll dueâ. In fact, I want to buy a few extraâs, chamois only for multi-day trips. There was no chafing and not too long, wide or droopy. As with most shorts I didnât loop the liner into the shell because Iâve never found a benefit on the bike and it just takes longer to strip down after the ride. With that, I liked that the loops on the shell were so minimal and I did use them to hang-dry on a long weekend in Stanley, Idaho.
CON- As previously mentioned, they stretched a bit perhaps but not much. I like the color, but it also shows dirt quicker than a dark short. With a baggy I like to wear them 2-3 rides before washing, while I swap the liner after each ride. With these Iâm hesitant to wear them more than once, even on a mellow ride.
Overall: Very good short and proper entry into the MTB world