These shorts combine the benefits of spandex shorts and baggy shorts, without the extra material of baggy shorts in the crotch area to catch on the saddle. The trails I like to ride are full of dips and quick technical turns that require moving around the saddle and a few times I unfortunately became hung-up. I've ridden over 10 times and these shorts have eliminated that fear I had. The pockets work great and the zippers on the side vents are easy to open and close with gloves on. I wear a 33 waste and went with the Medium size and they fit great.