Yeti Cycles Padroni Shorts $104.95
Many companies successfully operate in a niche market, with Yeti Cycles being a perfect example of this. On the other hand, while being the underdog is fun for a time, it's far more common for companies to diversify. And for that reason it comes as no surprise that the dirt-junkies in Golden, Colorado are expanding its expertise into the world of mountain bike apparel. And with innovative products like the gravity-oriented Padroni Shorts, it's inherently simple to see why.
Note that when we use the term 'diversify,' we use it loosely, because you won't find any Euro flair coming from a company that's been dedicated to off-road cycling since its inception. Instead, you're only going to find pieces that're destined to get muddy. In order to produce products that reflect its values and quality, Yeti enlisted the help of a lead designer with extensive experience at Patagonia. And if you're looking for tells of this recruited expertise, they're more than apparent in both the fabric selection and construction techniques of the Padroni. Accordingly, the aforementioned provides the Padroni with the durability of moto-bottoms, only without the weight or stiffness.
For the shorts themselves, Yeti constructed them from a durable nylon fabric. This material provides both the breathability and flexibility needed for downhill runs, without compromising its resistance to abrasion. And for particularly nasty days, Yeti also treated the fabric with a DWR finish. So, you don't have to worry about getting soaked through from wheel-spray.
The Padroni shorts have a longer length then either the Teller or Freeland shorts, and they also use a power mesh liner that's soft against the skin for irritation-free pedaling. This liner also lends itself to wicking perspiration away from the skin. So, you're able to stay dry and comfortable after hours on the trail. In terms of fit, the shorts feature a long, 15-inch inseam. However, given the Padroni's baggy cut, Yeti took the precaution to articulate the knees in order to permit an excellent freedom of movement, with or without pads. For a touch of added ventilation, the shorts also feature zipped thigh vents that allow plenty of airflow through the shorts for hotter rides.
Securing the fit, a Velcro fly has been teamed up with a waistband that features a large stretch yoke, a tech webbing waist adjustment, and silicone grip tape. Collectively, the system provides a perfect fit that'll stay dialed, run after run. And for storage of your ride essentials, Yeti also included two zippered stash pockets and two hand pockets.
The Yeti Cycles Padroni Shorts are available in the colors Black and Grey and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. Please note that Yeti bases its sizing from the waist. So, a Small is a size 30, Medium is a 32, Large is a 34, X-Large is a 36, and XX-Large is a 38.
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure around the widest part of your chest.
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are great shorts. The material is sturdy (hasn't ripped yet on a few bails on hardpack) and the fit is great for me, right at the knee cap. I'm 6'3" 205. The 36" is loose, but fit perfect if you put some padded liner or pads under them... which is what I would say the sizing a little large is for personally. The vents work good, but when it's 100 out... nothing cools me down really besides the river. I think vents in the crotch area would be better. I only have these and a pair of Esquire Royal Racing shorts. I like these better than the Esquires personally.
Yeti Pants passing grade
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Yeti pants are a bit loose on me, size 36, cannot quite snug the buckle down enough to hold them up. The material is loose fit for the sprint good, no real ventilation system. NO Chamois liner is a significant downside. the storage pockets are about the same was with all the other pants sold online which still remain inadequate for storage of c-phone and keys.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
The quality of these shorts is very high and I was impressed. The fit is very nice for a DH short. They look great and were pretty comfortable. The stretch panels weren't very stretchy. The straps on the shorts were nice and appreciated the high waist in the back. Just were a bit to hot for me to ride in and the vents did not vent well for me. Length were just below knee for me at 5'11".
sweet mtn bike shorts
Im a 34 waist and the large fit but 34 was the max for them. I decided to size up and then use the tightening straps on the side to crank em down to a 34 and think they fit more comfortably that way. The two stash pockets are big and have high quality zippers. the vents are really nice as well, provides a lot of breathability. The color looks almost like a super dark grey in the photo but they are truly black. Definitely would recommend getting these
I got these for mtn biking in my home state of PA. I decided to really test how secure the zippered pockets were by wearing them to a rock/metal concert where 50,000 people stood in the pits. I wore them for 2 days of moshing and crowd-surfing and never even had the zippers slip a millimeter. My phone, cash and ID stayed safe despite all the flips, jarring and shoving that is common at an event like this. If you are worried about keeping your valuables safe without wearing a backpack GET THESE SHORTS!