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Empire 11.5in Bike Short - Women's

5 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
$83.30 - $119.00
Up to 30% off


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Why We Built the Backcountry Empire 11.5in Bike Short

"It's all about the details. The length pairs comfortably with my kneepads and has plenty of room for pedaling." —Gearhead® Expert Sammy

With endless miles of enduro riding right here in our backyard, including the legendary Empire trail in Park City, we needed a short built to stand up to gnarly descents, trailside brush, and the occasional crash. The Backcountry Empire combines a durable 4-way stretch fabric with an enduro-friendly fit to give us a short that won't restrict us, whether we're tackling a massive rock garden or practicing our whips at the bike park.


  • Versatile mountain bike short for enduro stages and park sends
  • Stretchy fabric moves with us through technical trail sections
  • 11.5-inch inseam provides extra coverage and is knee guard-friendly
  • Articulated hip and hook-and-loop waist for pedaling comfort and secure fit
  • Kick-forward leg opening leaves room for pads and eases pedal upstrike
  • Silicone waistband gripper helps keep shorts in place on gnarly descents
  • Zippered thigh pockets hold small essentials and double as vents
  • Laser-cut perforations on thighs increase airflow
  • Item #BCCZ2Q8
Responsible Collection
[face fabric] bluesign® APPROVED
[bistre, kalamata, black] 88% nylon, 12% spandex, PFC-free DWR treatment, [other colorways] 88% nylon, 12% spandex, C6 DWR treatment
2 hand, 2 zippered side
hook and loop adjustable, internal silicone dot gripper
thigh laser perforations
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
enduro, trail

Overall Rating

5 based on 3 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

October 11, 2023

Great Shorts

I've used it several times

I got these in the pink color and wore it riding for about 90 minutes (PNW) and it was raining a little, so the trails were wet. The back of the shorts was covered in mud / dirt. Got home and hosed it off and went into the wash. The back of the shorts still had mud stains on it. Exchanging for a new pair, but def more of dry weather riding shorts. Material is amazing, soft and great strech.

Amanda M

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

September 9, 2023

Empire Bike Shorts

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great color and material. True to size, may run a little big. Most comfortable. Great for biking and hiking.

Virginia V

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 3, 2023


I've put it through the wringer

So great! Love the material, super stretchy - fit is loose which is perfect for climbing mountains!

Erika B

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com