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Best chamois 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated October 1, 2020

Norman RyanHey, I’m Norman Ryan. I spent 31 hours researching and testing 21 different types of chamois and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

Just read here for my top 3 recommendations. Why are these 3 chamois on top of my list? Well read on… What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best chamois of 2018

You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop. I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. Here, I will review 3 of the best chamois of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.

Test Results and Ratings

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№1 – Super Chamois – Super Absorbent Shammy Cleaning Cloth Value 6 Pack – Holds 20x It’s Weight In Liquid

Super Chamois - Super Absorbent Shammy Cleaning Cloth Value 6 Pack - Holds 20x It's Weight In Liquid

Super Chamois Value 6 Pack Includes: 4 Large 15″ X 15″ Blue Chamois and 2 Extra Large 20″ X 27″ Orange Chamois
Super Chamois are super absorbent cleaning cloths that hold 20 times their weight in liquid. Can be used wet or dry for hundreds of indoor and outdoor uses. Super absorbent when wet!
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Why did this chamois win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
















№2 – Chamois Shammy 6 Pack 16″ X 16 “Super Absorbent Kitchen Shammy + 1 – 27″ x 20” Super Shammy 260 Gram + 1 Bonus Microfiber Towel.

Chamois Shammy 6 Pack 16

Limited official sellers leave room for fakes.
Borderline outdated technology.

Why did this chamois come in second place?

I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
















№3 – AmazonBasics Drying Chamois – 2 Pack

AmazonBasics Drying Chamois - 2 Pack

Fast and easy absorption for any liquid
Chemical resistant – Leaves lint and streak free results
Machine washable – Reuse 100’s of times
The cover is not ideal.
It is pretty heavy..

Why did this chamois take third place?

A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.
















chamois Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy chamois, right? No!


A comfortable chamois is without a doubt the most important feature of any cycling shorts or bib shorts. Fancy straps and high-tech elements won’t make a difference if your chamois is uncomfortable and your ride is miserable. So spend the time you need to try on different brands and different chamois to find the best fit for your body.

Seamless chamois or ones with minimal stitching are an ideal choice when shopping for bib shorts. Scratchy seams can rub and pinch sensitive areas and lead to a really uncomfortable ride. Also, make sure the chamois is made from soft material and sits flush with your undercarriage. Too much material will cause bunching and chafing; too little material won’t offer up enough padding.

Beyond different designs, many chamois now also come complete with high-tech features such as anti-bacterial and anti-chafing materials. These features also contribute to comfort in different ways and can be much-appreciated additions.

Avoid the dreaded

Leg hems are another key feature to check out when shopping for bib shorts. If the hems are too tight, you’ll get the dreaded ‘sausage leg’ look, which is not only uncomfortable but extremely unflattering. However, leg bands that are too loose will cause the shorts to ride up and you’ll find yourself constantly tugging them down while riding.

Another characteristic to consider is whether bibs have elastic or laser cut leg hems. Elastic hems are better at keeping bibs in place and preventing the shorts from riding up. They also keep knee and leg warmers snugly in place for cooler rides in the spring or autumn/fall. Unfortunately, elastic cuffs often feel tight and uncomfortable against the skin and can cause bulging around the seams.

In either case, look for rubberized material on the underside of the hem. This will keep your bibs in place and play nicely with knee and leg warmers.

Popular brands

Several common brands we’ve had luck with over the years include Rapha, Assos, Velocio, and Castelli. While these bibs work for us, it doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone so make sure you try different brands and styles until you find the right fit for you. While these brands are on the expensive side, it’s worth investing in a great pair of bib shorts that you’ll keep for years to come. To protect this investment, wash your bibs in cold water and hang dry to keep them in mint condition.

However, great fitting bibs don’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg. Brands such as Pearl Izumi offer several levels of bib shorts that range from expensive and high-tech options to more affordable bibs with fewer bells and whistles. The less expensive bibs typically use heavier, less technical materials but they’re often just as comfortable at a fraction of the price.

Women looking for plus size cycling bibs and shorts can find sizes 4-5XL from brands like Terry, Aerotech, and Northwave.

If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and need petite sizes, check out Castelli and Assos. These two brands offer XS sizes and they typically run a bit smaller than other brands.

Tri shorts are a key part of your training and your race.  Few other garments are expected to deliver on the all-purpose duty that you will need from your shorts.  They need to be both durable and breathable.  They need to do well in the water as well as on the bike.  Those are tall orders for any pair of shorts, but fortunately today’s tri gear makers have done a nice job of blending the right fabric and features so you truly can wear one pair of shorts throughout the race. A good pair of tri shorts quickly become a go-to garment that you can use for training for any event, as well as on race day.  Note, however, that tri shorts are not intended to be used in chlorinated pools.  Doing so will wear them out quickly.  Most triathletes who we know reserve their tri shorts for bricks (combo bike and run workouts) and race day, using swim jammers in the pool and cycling shorts on their longer rides.

Tri shorts are different from cycling shorts or compression shorts.  While compression gear is meant truly to increase blood flow and recovery, and cycling shorts built purpose-built specifically for the activity of cycling, tri shorts are much more versatile in both form and function.

Fabric that is truly all-purpose.   The material in your shorts need to be breathable on the bike and run, quick drying out of the water, but great during the swim.  Most makers know how to create great fabric blends that are good during the swim but will essentially be dry by the time you get on the bike.  We don’t know how they do it, but they do.

Seams that you can’t feel.  Like a good pair of compression shorts or compression tights, the seams in a triathlon short need to be flat enough so you don’t even know they are there, yet strong enough so they are durable.  Seam construction is one of the things that usually improves as you spend more on the shorts.

Recommended Triathlon Shorts

That leaves us with the question of “what shorts should you buy?”  Many shorts from many tri gear makers do just fine, but here are the favorites that we have personally used, and that combine quality with value.  We would stand behind (and in) any of them.

Castelli Free Triathlon Shorts.  Castelli is known for making high-quality gear at a premium price point, and the Free Triathlon Shorts are no exception.  It is a classic situation of you get what you pay for.  The stitching and fit will be excellent, and the GIROelastic leg grips are among the most comfortable we have found on the market.  Instead of being more of an elastic strip, they are an entire section of the short that give you more gradual, but firm, grip and performs very well.  The KISS seat pad is excellent on the bike and swim, and these shorts dry out quickly.  We have also found Castelli products to hold their shape in a highly durable way for many, many uses, making the investment very worthwhile.

De Soto 4-Pocket Forza Liftfoil Shorts

2XU GActive Tri Shorts.  For those looking to save a little money, 2XU makes a good all-purpose tri short in the Active line.  These are a best buy on the market.  You might not get some of the design you would in a higher-end short, but it will be a quality garment, quick drying out of the water, and with a good enough bike pad to get you through many races.  The first generation Active shorts proved to be a great value, and the Gversion adds some color accent options as well as two pockets, which are a nice upgrade.  2XU is a brand we have grown to trust, and they do a nice job of providing value in this short.

Men’s cycling shorts Vs Women’s cycling shorts

The biggest difference between men’s and women’s shorts is the padding or chamois. These padding or chamois are shaped and padded according to the anatomy difference between men and women. Generally speaking, Women shorts are with longer front inseam as women are longer waisted than men, so many companies make the different design for the cut from hips to waist. Women prefer to choose a short leg length than men while men usually choose the leg length long enough to cover the quadriceps muscles. These basic information will help you select shorts that fit you the most. If you are a larger women, men’s shorts will be another choice for you, As it will fit you better than women’s.

Cycling Shorts

The primary purpose of cycling shorts is to provide comfort. Designed specifically for men and women, cycling shorts make sure that padding is in the right places and seams are strategically placed to reduce chaffing, especially on rides in excess of miles. Tight-fitting, flexible materials like Lycra and spandex are used to decrease air resistance and allow a full range of motion on your bike. Higher-end cycling shorts use complex, technical sports materials that increase breathability, reduce heat absorption and help block the rays of the sun and the chilling effect of the wind.

Tips to Consider for Your First Pair of Cycling Shorts

Underwear. Cycling shorts are meant to be worn without underwear.

Padding. Padding ranges from thick to thin, with triathlete shorts having the thinnest pad so athletes can swim, bike and run in the same shorts. Spending a few extra bucks for a better chamois is never a waste of money, since the difference in quality, durability and comfort may increase exponentially with each dollar spent. But, always read the customer reviews to make sure your money is well spent before you make an upgrade commitment. Properly designed cycling shorts will always have chamois that are designed specifically for men and women, so you should never buy a unisex cycling short. You’ll be sorry you did.

Panel Construction. Less expensive shorts usually have fewer panels of fabric, while the more technically designed and form-fitting bike shorts can have up to eight panels. Just being aware of the construction of the short will help you to have an expectation of the comfort and performance.

Waist Band or Bib.  Bib shorts that offer shoulder straps, rather than an elastic waist band, are the choice of all professional and elite cyclists. They decrease binding and discomfort around the midsection and will never feel as if they are moving or shifting (sliding down) while you are riding. While some people prefer bib shorts, other choose regular shorts. It’s completely up to the individual and their preference. Women that choose traditional cycling shorts may want to try those with a yoga-style waistband, which are designed to be cooler and less binding. Read more about why cyclists choose bib shorts.

Color. You’ll likely see cycling shorts in just about every color, pattern and design imaginable. Select what appeals to you based on your individual personality. Black shorts, however, are always a great place to start since they 1) match any jersey you might want to wear and 2) have a slimming effect.

Hip pockets

Not essential, but nice to have — these are perfect for car keys, small change or a phone. If they’re deep, you shouldn’t need zips.

To stop the waist popping open accidentally, it should have a press-stud fixing. Extra studs and/or a small strip of Velcro provide additional security. Belt loops are a good idea if there are no waist adjusters.

Cargo pockets

They may sound like a great idea for carrying extra clobber, but they put all your gear in the worst place for an accident, and the contents are more likely to bang against your thighs when pedalling. We’d avoid them.

You will pay extra to have a liner short included. It has to be comfortable and highly wicking. Look for a shaped pad, wicking construction and make sure it’s snug against your skin to wick properly and reduce chafing.

Avoid liners with a flat pad and little shape. Our advice is to try before you buy. Factor in about £2for an aftermarket liner if your short doesn’t come with one. There is nothing stopping you mixing and matching brands.

Silver bath.

You can use a washing soda to make your own silver bath, which relies on electro-chemical activity to strip tarnish from the silver. Alternatively, buy ready-mixed silver bath solutions from shops.

Anti-tarnish foam.

This delays tarnishing, from up to three months for frequently used items to a year or more for items that are rarely handled, such as candlesticks and wine coolers. You can also buy anti-tarnish polish. For permanent protection items can be coated with a synthetic resin by silversmiths.

Using the foam. Wet a cloth or sponge in war water and squeeze out excess water. Dip the cloth into the foam and apply a small amount to the surface, working up a lather and rubbing gently to remove all tarnish. Rinse in warm water, dry and polish with a soft cloth.

Quickly Wipe up the Spill

With the white dish towel quickly wipe up the spill. If the spill is an acidic liquid, like wine, then be sure to quickly remove the stain in its entirety, because the acidic substance will quickly etch the surface in a matter of seconds.

Pro Tip

If you do not clean up the marble spill quickly, the spill can result in a permanent stain.  This occurs when the spilled liquids or materials penetrate the pours in the marble surface making it almost impossible to remove with a conventional marble cleaner. For a more robust stain removal method see our marble stain removal article.

How to choose the right cycling shorts

Our favorite flannel sheet sets, L.L.Bean’s Ultrasoft Comfort (left) and Premium Supima (right), are both made from super-soft Portuguese flannel.

Through talking with Shannon Maher at FIT and conducting our own research, we found that the best flannel sheets feel soft and fuzzy out of the package and will continue to feel that way after many washes. Poor-quality flannels tend to be bulkier, will shed and pill more over time, and will ultimately lose that signature fluffy feel more quickly than finer flannels (we explain why that happens in the section on determining flannel quality). Flannel made in Portugal gets great reviews, and Maher recommended this kind as her favorite type of flannel for softness and longevity, so we looked closely at sheets that featured this fabric.

Pull Quote

Flannel sheets are measured by weight in ounces, not by thread count.

In reading customer reviews, we noticed that pilling and shedding were common complaints. Because of the napping process, Maher told us, all flannel will pill. And some fibers will become loose, causing extra lint in the dryer. The effect is amplified on sheets because people toss and turn at night, which creates more friction on the surface. A better-quality flannel will have less shedding and pilling.

When searching for sheets to test, we looked at the brands that performed well in our main sheet guide to see if any of them offered flannel sheets. We informally polled friends about their favorite flannel sheets and looked closely at customer reviews on the sites of major retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Eddie Bauer, Garnet Hill, Lands’ End, L.L.Bean, Target, and The Company Store. Flannel sheets are a particularly seasonal item, and many of the budget retailers weren’t carrying them when we started testing. We tried only sheets that are available year round.

For testing, we measured the sheets out of the package, washed them, dried them, and remeasured them to account for any shrinkage. We examined the seams to check for sturdiness, and we compared the feel of each set of sheets, noting which sheets were rough, dense, or extra soft. We spent a night sleeping naked on each set with the air conditioning at 6degrees, the same conditions we used for testing in our guide to comforters. This was a necessary step to gauge warmth, since we were testing flannel sheets in July. We noted which sheets felt heavy to sleep under, which sheets allowed for natural movement in the night, and which sheets kept us warm without making us sweat. After a wash and a night’s sleep, we also checked each set to see if any pilling had started from the natural friction that comes with normal use.

Care and maintenance

With any bedding, how you wash and dry your sheets affects how long they last. It’s important to follow the care instructions on each set exactly. The sheets have been tested for durability according to those washing instructions, so you may not see the same results if you stray from the manufacturer’s recommendations.

I do think of washing as a scale, though. If a product says “wash in warm water,” I assume that means I can wash it in cold or warm water, but not hot. The tags on most of the flannel sheets we tested recommended washing in cold water and tumble-drying on low. That can take a really long time in the dryer, but it will absolutely help with their longevity. If you’re like me and don’t have the time or patience to wait for huge bed sheets to dry on low heat, just know that cranking the temperature up to high could shorten the life of all that softness you’re paying a premium for.

The competition

The Company Store’s Velvet Flannel Bedding ran a close second to the L.L.Bean Premium Supima Flannel Sheets as our upgrade pick. Justin Sonfeld, general merchandise manager for The Company Store, told us by email that the Portuguese flannel for its Velvet Flannel Bedding starts life at ounces, just as its lower-priced 5-ounce flannel sheets do, but the raising and shearing process gives the Velvet Flannel a more luxurious feeling. And we agree: The result was definitely luxurious. We were comfortable and warm with the Velvet Flannel sheets alone and no additional blankets—they are that thick and dense. And they are still soft and weighty for a lighter-weight flannel. But they aren’t as soft and cozy as the L.L.Bean Premium Supima sheets, and they come with a shorter return policy (90 days). They come in more colors than either of our L.L.Bean picks do, so if that extra warmth and those extra color options are appealing to you, we definitely think you’d be happy with this set from The Company Store.

The Lands’ End 6oz Flannel Sheet Set is well-constructed, with some of the nicest stitching we saw in testing. And the pieces feel soft and not too thick out of the package. Plus, like the L.L.Bean Premium Supima sheets, these also use Supima cotton grown in the USA and then milled into flannel in Portugal. But once we slept on these, we had a harder time recommending them. The 6-ounce flannel feels almost like a jersey knit. One of our testers felt overheated under these sheets, waking up very sweaty—something she experienced only with these sheets. They are also the most expensive sheets we tested. They do feel nice, but if you are prone to sweating at all from certain kinds of sheet material, these may not be for you.

Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding comes in seven solid colors and some great prints, and it’s made with German flannel. Garnet Hill’s website says the company has been using the same flannel from the same German family mill for decades, and the customer reviews show a lot of loyalty to this brand over the years. But in testing we preferred Portuguese flannel overall, as it felt softer and handled better in the wash. These sheets shrank the most of any of those we tested (3.9percent average), and they were rough for sleeping. We felt restricted lying on these, like we couldn’t move as freely, and we disliked the feel of them right against our skin. Considering this set’s price, we thought there were better options.

You can find Shavel’s Micro Flannel at many retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Kohl’s, and JCPenney. Made from 100 percent polyester fleece, they are the only non-cotton sheets we tested. Although they were our favorite budget set after the Target Threshold sheets, we didn’t love the feel of the material: The sheets are brushed on only one side, and the other side clearly feels like slinky, cool polyester, which doesn’t feel great when a stray arm brushes against it. When I spoke with Jon Shavel, whose family invented Micro Flannel and has a patent pending, he described the fabric as a cross between jersey and fleece, and we think that sounds right. We also found that these sheets stretched—making the bed was tricky.

The Great Bay Home Stratton Collection Flannel Sheet Set from Bed Bath & Beyond is another budget option we tried. These sheets are made of flannelette (brushed on only one side), and they didn’t feel as thick, as soft, or as warm as true flannel sheets. We felt chilly crawling into them and stayed chilly. We don’t think this set will keep you warm enough.

Bed Bath & Beyond’s Seasons Collection Flannel Sheet Set was one of the softest budget sets we tested. After we received a set for testing, however, the retailer marked this collection down for clearance, and now it seems to be discontinued. Also, these sheets shed more lint in the dryer than any other set we tested overall, and they were the only one of the total sets we tested that shed while we were sleeping.

Walmart’s Mainstays Flannel Bedding Sheet Set typically comes at a great price, but these sheets were nowhere near as comfortable to sleep on as the Target Threshold, Micro Flannel, or Seasons Collection sheets we tested. They didn’t keep us very warm in testing, and the material wasn’t as soft or plush as that of the other budget sets. Also, these sheets are technically flannelette, as they are brushed (and printed) on only one side.

Men’s MTB BMX Baggy Padded

There are basically two main categories of mountain bike shorts that are available. You can pick the fitting Lycra type or the baggy shorts that come in different lengths and materials. The Lycra type is recommended for the cross country rider while the baggy ones are ideal for trail riders. It is also good to note that the baggy shorts have some waterproofing padding that helps a great deal when facing a wet weather. The baggies can also be good for ventilation when being used in summer.

The aim of this article is to help you choose the mountain bike shorts that we think should be part of your riding gear. Through the guide, you will be able to identify the most crucial factors that have to be looked at when choosing your favorite pair of the best mountain bike shorts.

Downhill Rider

Here the rider focuses on speed and there is a possibility that you will be wearing all the protective gears including the knee caps that will determine the height and width of your biker short. A downhill rider does not necessarily need a liner or a chamois padding.

Waist Adjustment

In the shop today most mtb shorts are fitted with adjusters that make it easier for you to adjust to your level of fit. For the form-fitting Lycra, they may not have the adjuster because they hug the body. To make sure that the baggy shorts you have are not too tight or too loose for you, make sure the one you choose has an adjuster. Some of these shots may have waist loops. The additional belt needed for the short may just be an extra baggage and the belt buckle may be a disaster when involved in a crash or a fall.

The Length and Width

This should be looked at from the angle of kneecaps. If you are a kneecap wearer, get one with just the right length to reach, but not to cover the kneecaps, but at the same time not wide enough to be tucked in the kneecaps when pedaling.


Are pockets a necessity for you? If you are not in any form of racing or you are used to carrying your backpack, then pockets may not be an essential factor to you. What if you are just in the neighborhood and want a place to place your key or phone. You can choose from the deep pockets with no zippers of the ones with zippers that can either be deep or not. There is the available option of the cargo pants, which may not be a good idea after all.

Some mountain bike shorts have liners, if yours does not have a liner, you may be forced to spend more to get the comfort that a liner offers. When inspecting the liner, look at the shape of the pad, the construction of the wicking and make sure that it is a comfortable fit and reduces chafing. Stay away from liners that have a flat design and have a small shape. There is an option of getting an after-market liner if the mtb short you like doesn’t come with one.

Pedal Friendliness

You do not need a short that will be trapped on the saddle when grinding up and down. Poorly designed mtb shorts will bunch up on the waist when going uphill. This should apply when you are on or off the saddle.

Our Pick

The ATD cargo cycling short is made from 100% four-ply Tason Nylon Shell, giving it the design of a two in one mountain bike short. The inner lining acts as the shock absorber since it is made from the durable cellular urethane. It offers good air circulation as it lets water vapor and sweat to escape from the body. It has a built in pad that offers the rider resistance to abrasion because of its smooth and wrinkles free nature. The inner liner is made of Lycra with a matching black pad. The design is a loose fit that stretches on the side panels and the rear side to give one a perfect fit when pedaling up or downhill. If you are moving within the neighborhood, the two side cargo pockets have a Velcro closure to make sure your keys or phone does not fall off when cycling. It is good to note that the crotch pad has been designed with comfort in mind because of the long lasting foam material and its anti-shock properties.

Runner Up

The most distinctive feature about this mountain bike short is the removable chamois that as six layers. It is convenient as it can replace the small backpack because of its four zipper cargo pockets and an extra two more hand pockets on the side. The inseam falls right above the knee, which does not interfere with the pedaling motion. The Astek Men’s blue, black MTB is a baggy short with a rubber button gripper and two adjustable waist rivets, this is to allow for the adjustment of waist to fit. It has been designed to fit waists of medium range to large size.

Also Great

Ynport Men’s Fast Dry Loose Fit MTB short is made from 100% nylon material giving it the lightweight characteristic. Allows for easy airflow when in use and when washed it dries very fast. It has an adjustable waistband that matches the design of the short that also has the waist rope adjustable design. The nylon material is more comfortable because of its elasticity. Each pocket has a zipper that guarantees the safety of your possession when cycling, another pocket is fitted on the back of the pant which acts as both anti-theft and anti-drop further securing your belongings. It can stretch in four different directions, this makes you more comfortable when on and off the bike.

Zoic Ether Shorts

We also noted that the recent models of the Ether shorts has seen impressive improvements. For starters, the new version comes with a revamped waist adjustment, as well as high quality zippers. Despite the new improvements, the manufacturers have kept the price to be competitively low.

The Zoic Ether shorts are awesome in terms of pedal and fit friendliness. They have enough room that allows you to have an improved pedaling perfomance. It is a great short for long distance riding. Zoic is among the most comfortable mountain bike shorts you will come across.

Men’s ATD Cargo MTB shorts

The Men’s ATD cargo shorts by Aero Tech Designs are meant to serve mountain bikers in a good way.  If you are not a fan of road shorts, you can opt for these awesome mens padded mountain bike shorts.

I love its style because it allows free movement when cycling.  Amazingly, these shorts are loose fitting to allow air circulation, as well as, enhancing comfort. What I love these shorts is that they are two in one; by this I mean it has an inner liner short.

The inner liner has cellular urethane that acts as a shock absorber. With these MTB shorts, you do not have to worry about sweat; its material is breathable and allows perspiration to move away from your body.

Also, the inner liner short is fitted with Black pearl crotch pad that acts as cushion between the saddle and your pelvic area. The inner shorts are made of Nylon and Lycra to ensure that you remain comfortable.


If you want to enjoy high comfort levels when mountain biking, then you must choose a short that has good material. Remember that the type of material will also depend on the season.

If you are planning to use your mountain bike shorts for time trailing or racing, you’ll need an Aero short that is designed to have aerodynamic features in the material. Shorts with this material will help you save energy when riding.

For hot weather conditions, you’ll need to wear shorts whose material is breathable and comfortable. In addition, you should ensure that the material has the ability to wick away sweat.

Make sure that the material is designed to withstand harsh conditions. Besides, it should have water repelling properties that ensures you stay comfortable at all times.


To have an enjoyable and comfortable ride, you ought to purchase padded mountain bike shorts. Even though most of shorts will have a liner, it is important to check if they are well padded. Some might have a single layer of padding while others are thickly padded.

The padding layer is popularly known as the chamois. The main reason is because chamois goat leather was a main raw material when making shorts liners.

The Chamois pad is a very important feature of MTB shorts because it acts as a cushion between the saddle and your body. With a good chamois pad, it will be easy to spend a lot of time cycling without experiencing pressure sores.

Always pick a short whose seat pad has seamless stitching, enough cushion and few seams as possible. In case you feel the pad is not enough, you can always use chamois cream to regulate the friction.


When choosing a good pair of mountain bike shorts, you need to consider the variety of features it has to offer. Make sure that each feature will add value during your ride; otherwise, it is good to keep it simple.

One of the key features is deep pockets to help you carry a few items during your ride. You will find that most of the MTB shorts have pockets, but you will find that you do not need them if you have a good hydration pack. During our test rides, we found the Zoic Ether Shorts to have the highest number of pockets which was six. Other shorts have two or four pockets to be precise.

The other impressive feature you need to consider is whether the shorts have an adjustable waist mechanism. An adjustable waist will allow you to snug up the waist for a comfortable fit. My two favorite designs are the Velcro band and the hook and loop design.

The other important feature worth consideration is protection against UV rays. As a cyclist, you have to protect your skin from harmful rays especially when riding for long hours. Choosing a garment that features UV protection will go a long way in keeping your skin safe.

Size & Fit

Before you add your shorts to your shopping cart, always check that the size is correct. You must ensure that the item does not feel baggy or too tight.  Do not forget to check the length of the inseam too. Experts recommend that the best inseams range from 8” to 9.5”. Comfort is always an essential factor; choose a pair of shorts that does not have irritating stitching. The fact that a short feels good does not imply that it will hold up on the saddle.





How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the chamois by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.



Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your chamois wisely! Good luck!

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