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We at The Adventure Junkies Feel that there is no better way to travel than by cycling. It’s just you, your bike, and the road ahead of you. But if there’s one thing you definitely don’t want to be when you’re on a multi-day bike ride, it’s uncomfortable! There is nothing worse than a sore tushy when you’re out on the wide open bike path, and since we want to ensure you find superior comfort for your next bike trip, we’ve compiled a list of the best bikepacking shorts for men and women.

For each product on the list, we’ve provided at least one link to both the men’s and women’s versions. We’ve selected these bikepacking shorts for their superior designs, premium comfort, and high-quality construction. We wouldn’t want the wrong pair of shorts to funk with your trip, so take a look at this list, browse our favorites, and then pick yours-so you can get pedaling ASAP!

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Quick Answer - The Best Bikepacking Shorts

  1. PEARL iZUMi Escape Quest
  2. REI Co-op Junction
  3. Sugoi Evolution Zap
  4. Flylow Cash

 

Comparison Table - Best Bikepacking Shorts

PictureNameStyleFabricPaddingReflectivePriceRating
PEARL iZUMi Escape QuestForm FittingNylon And ElastaneYesYes$$4.5
REI Co-op JunctionForm FittingPolyester And SpandexYesNo$4.8
Sugoi Evolution ZapForm FittingNylon, Polyester, And SpandexYesYes$$4.8
NOOYMEForm FittingPolyamide and SpandexYesYes$4.7
Flylow CashLoosePolyester And SpandexNoNo$$4.7
PictureNameStyleFabricPaddingReflectivePriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Shorts for Bikepacking

PEARL iZUMi Escape Quest


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon And Elastane
  • Padding: Yes
  • Style: Form Fitting
  • Reflective: Yes
Features
  • Leg Grip Holds Shorts In Place Without Causing Discomfort
  • Reflective Design Increases Visibility In Low Light
  • Super Comfy Trademarked Padding Prevents Chafing

BEST MINIMALIST SHORT

If you’re the type of bikepacker who wants to travel and dress as light as possible, the Pearl iZumi Escape Quest bike shorts are a great choice for you! These shorts feature super lightweight Nylon and Elastane blend fabric to keep you moving fast and feeling free. They’re form fitting and are medium length, so you won’t feel weighed down on the road.

In addition to their superior lightweight design, these shorts feature leg grip technology that comfortably holds the shorts in place and a reflective logo that increases your visibility in low light. To top it all off, they wick moisture away to keep you dry and warm.

REI Co-op Junction


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Fabric: Polyester And Spandex
  • Padding: Yes
  • Style: Form Fitting
  • Reflective: No
Features
  • Four-Way Stretch Fabric Allows Ultimate Range Of Movement
  • Padding Designed Specifically For Extended Rides
  • Waistband Designed To Stay Comfortably In Place

BEST COMFORT SHORT

If your cycling long-game requires high-level comfort, look no further. Don’t let the store brand name turn you away. The Junction shorts from REI Co-op are truly superior in the comfort department. From super stretchy fabric to moisture-wicking technology to flat, non-obtrusive seams, these shorts are sure to keep your bum happy!

Of course, we can’t forget the most important comfort feature of all – the padding! Italian-made, this padding is placed perfectly in all the areas you need it most. As a bonus, these shorts also have a long stretchy pocket so you can stash your small on-the-go goods.

Sugoi Evolution Zap


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Fabric: Nylon, Polyester, And Spandex
  • Padding: Yes
  • Style: Form Fitting
  • Reflective: Yes
Features
  • Extra Long Inseam Provides Superior Coverage
  • 3D Constructed Padding Designed For Premium Saddle Comfort
  • Moisture-Wicking Fabric Keeps You Warm And Dry

BEST HEAVY DUTY SHORT

The Sugoi Evolution Zap Shorts for men and women are no joke, folks! Crafted from a super durable (not to mention very comfortable) blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex, these shorts will go for miles (literally).

Their long leg design offers full thigh coverage, and their thick leg gripping region ensures the shorts stay firmly in place, so you can put the pedal to the metal without worrying about uncomfortable ride-ups. Plus, the wide padding design provides a full, plush seat cushion for long-distance comfort. These Evolution Zaps are a bit more expensive than other best bikepacking shorts picks, but their long-distance reliability is well worth their cost.

NOOYME


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Fabric: Polyamide and Spandex
  • Padding: Yes
  • Style: Form Fitting
  • Reflective: Yes
Features
  • Available In A Variety Of Colors And Two Lengths
  • Breathable Padding Provides Comfort When Sweating
  • Non-Slip Leg Grippers Keep Shorts In Place

BEST BUDGET SHORT

Biking on a budget? No problem! NOOYME has your back (or should we say your bum)! These men’s and women’s shorts come in a multitude of color options and in two different lengths. Their long version is great to be worn by themselves, and their short version goes great under your favorite pair of athletic shorts.

Not only do these shorts have a number of design options, they’re also an amazing value. You won’t find a higher quality constructed short for a lower price. So if you’re looking for something cheap that is also built to last and perform, look no further. These NOOYME cycling shorts were made just for you.

Flylow Cash


View Women's Version
Specs
  • Fabric: Polyester And Spandex
  • Padding: No
  • Style: Loose
  • Reflective: No
Features
  • Stretchy, Yet Durable Fabric Designed For High Performance
  • Specialized Design Promotes Airflow And Breathability
  • Two Pockets Let You Stash Your Essentials

BEST LOOSE FITTING SHORT

Most serious cyclists and bikepackers swear by form fitting bike shorts, but we felt we had to throw in a loose fitting pair, too. The Flylow Cash Men’s short and Flylow Carter women’s version are a super high-performing loose bike short. Most often preferred by mountain bikers, this short is great for anyone who doesn’t dig the tight fit of the classic style and is seeking something more relaxed.

Made from moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and slightly stretchy fabric, these shorts are sun protective. They have two handy pockets for stashing your on-the-go essentials, and belt loops to keep those shorts right where you want ‘em! Be aware that these shorts have a longer-than-average inseam, which some cyclists may find annoying, but others love.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING BIKEPACKING SHORTS

COST

Those who frequent the bikepacking world know that bike equipment and accessories can be found quite cheap, but can also get expensive fast! When it comes to bikepacking shorts, if you do your research, you can definitely find a quality pair of shorts at a reasonable price. We’ve included a great range of product prices on this list, so you’ll definitely be able to choose a pair that fits your budget.

 

PADDING

Traditional bike shorts come equipped with padding, but not everyone wants fully padded shorts. Some cyclists find padding excessive. For this reason, bikepacking shorts come in a range of padding options, from no padding, to light padding, to full padding.

 

LENGTH

The shortest of short bikepacking shorts are actually designed to fit underneath another layer, while the longest bikepacking shorts can be worn on their own and often serve another purpose like preventing chafing or protection from the sun. Length comes down to personal preference.

 

FABRIC

When it comes to bikepacking shorts, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, stretchy and comfortable fabric is a must! Be sure to look for shorts that contain these technologies, and look out for a fabric blend that contains spandex (for stretch). If you plan to bike in the heat of summer’s blazing sun, you may also want to look out for fabric that is sun-protective. You’ll know a pair of shorts is sun-protective if it lists a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). For more on what UPF means and how it is measured, check out this helpful article on sun-protective clothing.

 

FIT

For more on choosing the perfect bikepacking short fit for you, check out REI’s What to Wear on a Bike.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

STYLE

Loose and form fitting bikepacking shorts are the most common styles.

LEG GRIP/GRIPPERS

A section of slightly stretchy fabric near the hem of the shorts that functions to keep the legs of the shorts in place.

PADDING

Cushioning that is located right on the seat and inner thigh sections of the shorts to provide comfort against the pressure of the bike seat on your bottom.

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About The Author

Growing up on her family’s Massachusetts tree farm sparked Liza’s love for the great outdoors. An avid hiker, biker, and skier, she is always looking for the next adventure! Her greatest pursuit was a 3,600 mile bike ride across America, which she completed in 2016. She spends her winters in the mountains and her summers as a guide in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone national parks. You can find her health, happiness, and adventure blog at https://www.flower-force.com or https://www.facebook.com/flowerpowerblog. She is also on instagram as @lizab__.

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