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BackcountryEmpire Bike Short - Men's

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Empire Bike Short

Park City is known as a world class mountain biking destination, and it's here that Backcountry finds its headquarters. The endless Park City trail network is where we continually strive to hone our skill sets, and is also the main testing ground for the products that we sell. After years of riding some of the best products in the industry, we've decided to offer our own line of mountain bike apparel using the knowledge we've gained. We're happy to present the Empire Bike Short, a technical mountain bike short designed to improve your riding experience by offering exceptional comfort, mobility, and functionality.

One of the biggest gripes we have with mountain bike shorts is restricted freedom of movement. Mountain biking is all about shifting your weight correctly on the bike, and there's really no room for your apparel to hold you back. To address this concern, we've constructed the Empire Shorts out of a lightweight, 4-way stretch material, offering supreme comfort that won't hinder your movement on the bike. Durability is also a big concern, and the material on these shorts is highly abrasion-resistant to avoid damage from trail overgrowth or the occasional tumble. The gusseted crotch further adds to the Empire's durability, and we've also added a DWR treatment that encourages mud and water to shed away, rather than soaking through and causing discomfort. Other standout features include a secure double-snap waist closure, hook-and-loop adjustments for dialing in the perfect fit, laser cut ventilation holes for breathability, and silicone grippers on the back of the waistband to keep the shorts securely in place across rugged terrain.

  • Backcountry's flagship mountain biking shorts
  • 4-way stretch construction for comfort and mobility
  • Abrasion-resistant materials hold up to the test of time
  • DWR-treatment sheds mud and water out on the trail
  • Zippered cargo pockets for tools, snacks, and essentials
  • Laser-cut ventilation holes keep you cool on warmer days
  • Silicone gripper on inside of waistband for a stay-put fit
  • Double-snap fly closure for additional security
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
88% nylon, 12% spandex
Removable Liner
2 zippered side pockets
double-snap fly, hook-and-loop waist adjustments
laser cut ventilation holes on inner thigh
Recommended Use
cross-country, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime


Mountain Bike Apparel

35 - 37.5in

(88.9 - 95.3cm)

37.5 - 40.5in

(95.3 - 102.9cm)

40.5 - 43.5in

(102.9 - 110.5cm)

43.5 - 46.5in

(110.5 - 118.1cm)

46.5 - 49in

(118.1 - 124.5cm)


29 - 31.5in

(73.7 - 80cm)

31.5 - 34.5in

(80 - 87.6cm)

34.5 - 37.5in

(87.6 - 95.3cm)

37.5 - 41.5in

(95.3 - 105.4cm)

41.5 - 45in

(105.4 - 114.3cm)


35 - 37.5in

(88.9 - 95.3cm)

37.5 - 40.5in

(95.3 - 102.9cm)

40.5 - 43.5in

(102.9 - 110.5cm)

43.5 - 46.5in

(110.5 - 118.1cm)

46.5 - 49in

(118.1 - 124.5cm)





31 - 32in

(78.7 - 81.3cm)

32 - 34in

(81.3 - 86.4cm)

34 - 36in

(86.4 - 91.4cm)

36 - 38in

(91.4 - 96.5cm)

38 - 40in

(96.5 - 101.6cm)


23 - 25in

(58.4 - 63.5cm)

25 - 27in

(63.5 - 68.6cm)

27 - 29.5in

(68.6 - 74.9cm)

29.5 - 32in

(74.9 - 81.3cm)

32 - 34.5in

(81.3 - 87.6cm)


33 - 35in

(83.8 - 88.9cm)

35 - 37in

(88.9 - 94cm)

37 - 39in

(94 - 99.1cm)

39.5 - 42in

(100.3 - 106.7cm)

42 - 45in

(106.7 - 114.3cm)




How to Measure:
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.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Yo! So Ben asked answered my original question on July 16 about new colors for these shorts. He said in the spring. I’m eagerly waiting to dish all my money over to you for these shorts in new colors lol, any clue when they will be out?! 😀🙅🏻‍♂️ thank you!

Hi Chris - Stoked you are ready for a new color! We will have Black replenishment and Dusty Olive (Green) that should be live on the site by the first week of March - please check back then!

Solid, Not Unique

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

These shorts are well constructed with durable material and nice features, they're not innovative or really unique but a solid short.

Fit seemed spot on to me, and the adjustable waistband works well. I usually like belt loops just in case the fit is off a bit but they're not needed here. These feel a bit longer/baggier than the images suggest, they're not terrible but I prefer a slimmer short with shorter inseam.

The material is a good weight to balance breathability and toughness and the zippered pocket is slightly small for my phone but it works. All in all these are on par with

improved over previous design

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

These are a bit snug in the waist based on size chart for size M and previous model. I think the waist snug is a big improvement over a previous backcountry brand MTB short. Fabric has a good feel and very durable. Good pockets, too.

Now my go-to shorts

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

These have quickly become my go-to shorts for biking. The material has stood up to some crashes but is comfy with good stretch. The thigh pockets are perfect. They hold a phone or multi tool and you don't notice them bouncing around while riding. The open side pockets are nice while off the bike but otherwise I don't use them much while riding. Fit is great. Sometimes shorts tend to fit too tightly for me in size M or 30". These are great. Slightly baggy but not too much. They fall to my knees and I have about a 33" cycling inseam. Waist adjustment is nice. DWR is great. THE ONE THING these shorts could use is better ventilation for the summer months, on the flip side, they're great in the shoulder seasons and winter. Highly recommend these shorts overall.

Unanswered Question

Helpful Q&A! Thank you. I read these do not come with belt loops. If make these again (Gen 2), string request for belt loops too.

Not bad

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

First off, I absolutely love the placement of the zippered pockets on the thighs. I have used these to store my phone, wallet, keys and snacks during the ride and never noticed the pockets while pedaling. I would prefer the waist to have a bit more adjustment and for the two hand pockets to have zippers as well. I did size up for a bit of extra room through the hips, and as such, the shorts do tend to ride low - just can't get them snug enough for an entire ride.

Waist band: do these shorts come with belt loops or is the only adjustment the velcro straps?

Hi Joel,

These shorts do not have belt loops, just the velcro adjusters.


Great MTB wear

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Great set of shorts to replace my worn out Fox pair. The pockets are decent, and I like the velcro adjustments on the waist.

Sizing. I’ve read several reviews that say these run small. Do you or will you offer XL?

Hi Raymond - we will be getting XL in February of next year!

Gave as a gift, and he loves them

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I gave these as a gift to my brother, who rides 5-6 times a week. Here's what he had to say:

Excellent shorts! They have a nice stretch, 2 regular pockets, and 2 zippered pockets. They also have a nice silicon band around the waist that helps keep your shorts up when you are flying high speed through brake bumps, roots, and rocks. The zipper pockets can fit a phone, but the regular pockets are angled and placed perfectly were your phone won’t fall out.

In warm weather, they are well vented and don’t retain heat, so you feel cool. The fabric holds up well to trees and crashes too.

For fit, I have a 32” waist and am 6'2" and the mediums fit perfectly.

Nailed it

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

32" waist, medium

I wear a medium in these, and don't need to tighten the adjusters at all. I come from a road background, and prefer a trimmer fit. The pockets are great, the construction is excellent, and the fit is spot-on for me. I pair them with Pearl Izumi Liner Bibs for mountain biking, and basic compression shorts for my 5m commute to work.

Is there a way to tell if the reviews are written by real customers, or by employees? I find a lot of the reviews on this site to be BS . ..

Hey there!

You should see the word gearhead under their name just like mine! If they aren't a gearhead working 1 on 1 with customers they should have a similar headshot picture like mine!

Hey there!
You should see the word gearhead under their name just like mine! If they aren't a gearhead working 1 on 1 with customers they should have a similar headshot picture like mine!

Do you think you guys will ever come out with different colors? These are the best mountain bike shorts ever!!

Best Answer

Hey Chris!

Glad you love our shorts :) We for sure will be coming out with new colors next Spring... stay tuned!


Great shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Lightweight, comfy, breathable and looks good.

Love these... Size seemed right to me.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I read lots of reviews on these that noted they ran small. I am 5'11 and 184 lbs. I wear a 32 waist jean. So I ordered a Large. Received the shorts and they were too big. Returned and ordered a Medium. Fits perfect. I little more tailored in the leg which I like when riding but still feels like a short. Smart pocket design and I cant wait to give them a longer test. But so far they look great.

UPDATE - I went on my first ride the other day with these. Absolutely love them. But they are stretchy.. So I did find myself tightening the side velcro a bit more than I anticipated. ALSO.. I would suggest backcountry still make some belt loops on these in future models "just in case" someone needs a little extra support. Love the fabric, the fit and pocket placement.

Runs small lol

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

Basically everything ‘Johnny action’ said in the older review from April 18 2019. They totally run small, I’m a 32-33(I am a 32 comfortably in north face), however since I didn’t read the reviews I should’ve known that. The fit is awesome!! Even though they fit smaller, I can do a full squat and there’s zero bunching, all flex. I’m pretty fired up I ordered these. I originally had the fox WP attack and returned them for these. I am considering getting the black ones now.
If you want some badass mountain bike shorts but you aren’t a XC guy or a legit DH, more of a Enduro/shred-the-F-outta this place guy, get these. You will not be disappointed!!

Nice but run small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

Nice shorts but definitely run small. I have a 36 inch waist and the large wouldn't even button closed,

Rad bike shorts!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love the material on these mountain bike shorts. They give you the right amount of support, breathability and they are super durable. The are form fitting but you are able to rock padding without being too constricted or going up in size. I've take a few falls and haven't gotten any rips in them yet either.

Comfortable, durable, and stylish

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shorts are comfortable, but lightweight while still having the durability to hold up against a beating. They aren't to big and baggy, but just right for fitting pads underneath, or running them without. I'm loving these shorts! Price is affordable as well and they last!

Awesome feedback! We value your reviews greatly - thanks Alex!

Best Bike Shorts Yet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the empire short. They are lightweight and comfortable. The pockets are very functional and allow you to stash your key, wallet, etc. without looking too ‘cargo’. My favorite part about this short is the fit. They aren’t super long and baggy like some of my other bike shorts.