I am not the biggest fan of baggy mountain bike shorts– preferring lycra any day of the week. It’s light, smooth and doesn’t get caught on your saddle. It’s one layer, breathable and fast. Yet I wear baggy mountain bike shorts from time to time, especially on longer trail rides. I’ve had mixed experiences with baggies, and I have yet to find the perfect fit, the perfect cut and the best fabrics. Until now.
What makes a great pair of cycling shorts, be it road or mountain, is a nice hand (fabric feel), a proper fit, and a sleek look. All of these traits can be hard to find in one piece of apparel- especially cycling apparel.
The Dakine Siren fits like a glove, is sleek and fitted around the leg, and has a high crotch/chamois area that clears the nose and the back of the saddle without even touching. I fell in love with these shorts on my first short commute to work, but fell deeply, madly in love when I did two back to back 20-30 mile trail rides.
The shorts have seen much use, abuse and many washings and show no sign of wear, color fade, tears, abrasion or other imperfections.
The back panel is stretchy and breathable– a no brainer design element on a pair of baggy shorts. There are no obnoxious pockets, so these are race ready. Although it would be nice to have a small zipper pocket for a park pass, I am perfectly fine without one.
The waist is comfortable with adjustable velcro closures inside to micro adjust the fit. The front of the shorts have a short zipper and metal snap which stay closed even after hours of park riding or trail riding.
These styles shorts look great on the bike and in the coffee shop. I vote to have a few more pair in my cycling shorts drawer.
Fit is true to size and reasonable around the bottom area– providing much needed room to move about the bike.
I highly recommend these supremely comfortable, functional, fashionable mountain bike baggy shorts to any woman who rides, or thinks she might want to give it a try.