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BackcountryEmpire Bike Short - Women's

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Empire Bike Short

When you've reached the top of a trail system, looking out over the landscape feels as though you're surveying your kingdom. The Backcountry Empire Bike Shorts are designed to make your reign a comfortable one, by providing the high-performance coverage you need to cruise through berms, crank up steep climbs, and confidently tackle drops and jumps.

Freedom of motion is key when you're navigating technical terrain, so the Empire features four-way stretch construction that allows you to shift as-needed throughout your ride. The waistband features hook-and-loop tabs which let you customize the waist for a secure fit, while a silicone gripper maintains its position without squeezing. The lightweight material is deceptive, as it allows plenty of airflow yet still withstands the abuse of overgrown trails and the occasional spill. The smooth fabric slides over your skin softly as you change directions, and interfaces with your knee-pads without snagging. Built for riding in varied conditions, the Empire has a DWR treatment to shed splashes of mud and light showers, while laser-cut holes maximize ventilation to prevent overheating in clear weather.

  • Mountain bike shorts for shredding singletrack
  • Four-way stretch construction ensures freedom of motion
  • Durable weave withstands the abrasive nature of the trail
  • DWR finish sheds splashes and precipitation
  • Hook-and-loop tabs customize the waist fit
  • Laser-cut ventilation holes keep you cool on warmer days
  • Silicone gripper holds the waistband position
  • Zippered cargo pockets for tools, snacks, and essentials
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
88% nylon, 12% spandex
2 hand, 2 zippered cargo
hook-and-loop tabs
Recommended Use
downhill, 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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Favorite Bike Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Since getting into mountain biking, I have searched for the perfect short that is comfortable, functional, and flattering. This is it! I found myself reaching for these every ride last summer, even if they were dirty. Fabric is stretchy and forgiving, but feels thick and sturdy. I have taken some spills and they hold up. Great pocket placement and length, they seem to look cute on slender and more athletic body types. If you are looking for high quality bike shorts that aren’t frumpy, give these a shot! Now we need more color options since I have both already...

Favorite Bike Shorts

Thank you!

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

I love these shorts!

They have a rubber texture along the waistline that helps keep them where they should be. I also like that the velcro is on the outside. I hate when the velcro is on the inside because it is so uncomfortable.

The vents are great! It is also great for a cell phone. I hate putting my phone in the front pocket while I ride because it just gets too tight. The side pocket/vents get it out of the way and is supper comfortable.

The front clasp is also well designed. I don't like when the pants are being held together by a draw string, velcro, or a button because I feel like it is either going to fall off, or is digging into my stomach. Backcountry combined using velco and a button and it is very comfortable and secure.

From an appearance standpoint, they are amazing! Most shorts get baggy on the butt and just don't look great all around. These fit very well while still being practical. I get complements all the time when I wear these on how cute they are. So... Well done!

Wanted to lurve these

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

The reviews on these are accurate.
The good: fabric is awesome and stretchy. Not too heavy. The length is good for knee pads, even being a bit in the tall side. And pockets..always happy to have pockets that are functional
The not great: I have narrow waist but “powerful thighs and booty”, so I had to tighten the waist adjusters but the thighs were too fitted for comfortable pedaling for any distance.
If you are shooed differently than my description...these shorts are the real deal for you!

Only shorts I wear riding

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

There's nothing worse than shorts that squeeze your thighs around the leg holes, gape at the waist, and twist around/generally look unflattering while you're riding or - more importantly - enjoying aprés. I have a smaller waist with wide hips and athletic thighs, so it's hard for me to find a good fit with bike shorts. Enter the Empire Short. They fit perfectly all around and the fabric is a perfect combination of stretch and sturdiness. I especially appreciate that they have a higher waist, which is both flattering and functional, and good pockets. The side zip pockets are good for vents on a hot ride or for slipping your phone into. Adjustable waist straps are low-profile, don't cause bunching, easy to adjust, and stay in place.
I've been riding in these all season and they are my new favorite short - highly recommend!

How do these shorts pair with kneepads? Gap or no gap?

The shouldn't gap with knee pads as the inseam is 13" and is articulated for this type of protection.


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

I ordered about 9 pairs of shorts this summer in search of the perfect MTB shorts and I finally found them! They are so comfortable and flattering. I have struggled in the past to find the right length and fit for my legs. Not too baggy but aren’t tight and don’t ride up my legs. The length was great on me but I lent them to a friend who is 6” taller than me and they worked great on her too, she loved them and is ordering a pair. Plus you can’t beat the adorable tiny goat printed by the hem! I’ll be ordering another pair- please make more colors! Also, great customer service!

Perfect Bike Short

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Extra Small

These shorts are amazing! I have two pairs now and are always the first ones I pull out when getting ready for a ride. They are light and breathable, but still feel durable that if you take a spill they wont get beat up. The venting/pockets on the side and lazer-cuts on the bottom of the short make sure you don't overheat when it gets toasty on the trail. Overall, my favorite spec of the shorts are the grip dots that line the waist band -- they make sure the shorts stay in place while you are flying down the trail. As for sizing, I will say for me these shorts ran slightly large...I am almost always a size XS (which I bought), but I found that the waist here a little big. Not a total deal breaker for me since you do have the ability to tighten the waist a with the adjustable velcro tabs -- once I made the adjustment I found they fit perfectly! I highly recommend these shorts!

My new favorite mountain bike shorts!

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

Love the fit of these shorts. They are true to size, fit well and really comfortable for mountain biking. The length is perfect and the adjustable fit waist is really nice.


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

You guys finally got it right. I lost count of how many shorts I ordered last season and emailed my gearhead saying I hate to return but it’s like they forget we have powerful quads?? 5’7”, 165ish, and very happy with the size large cut. XL might be more comfortable with a liner for longer rides but 20ish mile days so far with the little liner they’re hunky dory and make fine normal every day shorts if you’re into that cut.

My New Favorite Riding Shorts

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

These shorts have it all. The length is perfect. There are great pockets (who doesn't like pockets?). The fit is flattering. The fabric is a nice thickness, cool enough for summer riding. And the color, blue corral, is cute. I have nothing negative to say about these. I'll probably end up ordering another pair in black!

Comfy !

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

These fit my curvy athletic body perfect and are so comfy! Great for long rides. I highly recommend these shorts.

Empire Shorts blue corral

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

bought these awesome shorts with the black jersey pictured on your site. Back Country you have done your homework! Absolutely the most comfortable. Fit very well!!

Add one more to the WIN column

  • Fit: True to size

Been wearing these on repeat with the Backcountry full suspension jersey this spring, glad I've been mixing up my bike riding partners. The fit is fantastic. Durable, functional, super comfy and looks great. Highly recommend. Thanks Backcountry.

Pretty stoked

  • Size Bought: Large

These shorts clearly took into consideration the eternal female mountain biker shorts problem- too big in the waist/too tight in the thighs but maybe didn't 100% nail it. I'm 5'3", 155lbs with a small waist and thick thighs, and I got a size large. (Typically a size 28 or 6 in jeans/dresses) They're still too big in the waist but fit comfortably in the thighs. I think downsizing to the medium, which is the size I had originally thought of getting, would leave things too tight in the legs. The large works as it has the adjustable band that doesn't leave things too bunched up. Thanks for making some headway here, Backcountry.

A Short That Fits!!!!

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

Okay, so when I got this shorts I had major doubts. Bike shorts are always an issue for me... nothing ever fits and they’re always huge in the waist and tight on my thighs and they NEVER look good. These shorts proved me wrong. They fit me PERFECTLY and were so comfortable to ride in all day. These are me new favorite bike shorts and I don’t say that lightly! I also love the subtle cut detail on the thigh. Well done, Backcountry!

A Short That Fits!!!!

Finally a Short That Fits!

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

I am 5’4” and have very athletic legs. I do Crossfit as well as mountain bike and snowboard so finding bottoms (especially bike shorts) that fit my thick thighs but smaller waist is typically impossible. These shorts not only fit me but are comfortable and allow me a full range of motion (which is rare!). I’m excited to spend this mountain bike season in them.

What size are you wearing? And do you mind sharing your weight? I’m 5’6” and 150 lbs and trying to decide between a M and a L.

Everything I want in a bike short!

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

So I have tried a lot of different brands with varying lengths, weights, styles, etc. and these are sure to become my go-to shorts.

FIT - I am 5'4, 123lbs with an athletic build. I have trouble finding shorts/pants that are snug enough in the waist and roomy enough in the thighs/hips. I have these in a small and the waist is a little loose when I first pull them on, BUT the hook and loop tabs allow me to cinch it in for a perfect, secure fit - no gaping space between my shorts and my lower back. I might have been able to get away with an XS because of the four-way stretch but I prefer the extra room for my quads/hips! SPEAKING of the four-way stretch: It's everything. These allow me to move freely in any direction no matter how hard I'm pushing and they don't ride up my thighs while I'm pedaling either (PET PEEVE). I can climb for miles or squat on the ground to fix my chain without feeling at all restricted.

MATERIAL - Already covered the four way stretch, but wanted to mention the weight. These are heavy enough to feel like they'll protect my skin if I go down, but not so much that they're too hot for long summer rides. They also have build in ventilation to help with the latter.

POCKETS - THEY HAVE POCKETS! AND they aren't bulky and unflattering against the outer thigh.

AESTHETIC - The design is attractive and clean. The fit is flattering and the coral blue is MY FAVORITE.

Highly recommend. As I stated I've tried lots of different brands and I tend to pick and choose what I'll wear based on weather, duration, etc. - but these seem like they'll do it all. Excited to put them to the test this season.