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Women's Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts - 12½" Reviews

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Ws Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts - 12½

October 27, 2023

New Favorite Shorts

The strongest testament I can offer to these shorts is that they make me want to ride more. They're stretchier, lighter, more comfortable, and more flattering than my previous baggies (which haven't seen a single day in the saddle since these arrived), yet are holding up surprisingly well to trail wear and tear. I was a bit nervous about ... Read Morethe suspiciously light fabric, welded seams, and minimalist hardware, but so far, they're unphased by what I've put them through. They dry quickly, resist stains, and dog hair or trail debris basically brushes off. I love the interlocking hands print, and wish Patagonia would introduce more earth-toned, understated, abstract prints rather than bright jewel-tones. These are fun without being too girly, easy to coordinate other gear with, and having a little print going on conceals any liner seam lines that might otherwise be noticeable. Note that the sizing is really off, as other reviewers have commented. I'm a 2/26 typically (5'6", 128 lbs), occasionally a 4 in athletic pants/shorts, but needed a 6 in these to get any bagginess. Once you dial the size in though, they're pretty rad. They have a feminine cut, though I would love them to be slightly wider at the hem to accommodate more muscular quads (and knee guards), and slightly less curved through the hips. Notwithstanding those minor critiques, they are my new favorite shorts, and I'll be looking for more muted prints to add to my riding wardrobe. Kudos to Patagonia for another stellar piece of trail gear.

September 22, 2023

Great Find!

Love these shorts!!! Nice fit. Sharp looking.

September 12, 2023


I am so attached to these comfy light shorts that I wear them far away from my bike, like rafting the Grand Canyon and swimming through waterfalls. Great length, accessible pockets and fast drying.

September 4, 2023

P is for Perfect

The redesigned Women's Dirt Roamer Mountain Bike Shorts are FABULOUS!!! I'd been wearing, and wearing through, all my 1st generation Dirt Roamer MTB Shorts - dreading the day that my last pair would give up the ghost. Fortunately, Patagonia still makes the Dirt Roamer MTB Shorts and has improved them with an easy access zipper pocket on B... Read MoreOTH sides [each leg gets a pocket]. THANK YOU Patagonia - just LOVE these shorts!!! -- Magpie

August 18, 2023

Sizing is way off

I normally wear a 2 or 4, so I bought both. Both were really large. So instead, I purchased the other pattern in size 0 and it was really tight. I finally bought the same (2nd) pattern in size 2 and it was a perfect fit. Apparently, the cut is not the same from solid colors to patterns. Very frustrating and has left me totally confused what size to... Read More purchase next time around. Aside from the sizing issue, the shorts are beautiful and I'm glad it finally worked out. For that reason, I'm still giving it 5 stars. (If I were to rate these shorts strictly based on sizing, I'd give it 1 star.) But still ...

August 13, 2023

Cute Mountain Biking Shorts

These mountain biking shorts are cute and comfortable, and the long length makes sense for this sport. I just wish someone would invent liner shorts that don't feel like a diaper! The liners come off the minute the ride ends!

August 5, 2023

Run small

I really like the shorts but have to return them because they're too small. I bought the size I usually get in Patagonia shorts, but these are too tight. There are none left in the larger size so I'm out of luck in getting another pair.

July 25, 2023

Is this Euro sizing??

I wear a 6 in most things across the board, occasionally an 8. I'm about 135-140 lbs. I ordered these in a 6, 8, and 10 knowing that Patagonia tends to run small and I'll be adding chamois underneath. But good grief. I returned all three and just ordered a 12 and a 14. For anyone who is actually a size 12 or 14, you're out of luck my... Read More friend. It would be nice if Patagonia sizing could be consistent and could be anywhere near other common brands because this is sort of a waste of time and shipping to try to find any size that fits. Other than that the shorts seem nice and I hope I can find a size that works for me.

Response from Patagonia
July 26, 2023

Hi Emily, we're very sorry to hear about your experience with the sizing on the Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts. Sizes are made available in standard US sizing, and we encourage you to utilize the sizing chart on each item's respective page. Furthermore, please feel welcome to take advantage of our [free exchanges]( anytime you need to grab a different size.

July 20, 2023

Great shorts

Love the longer length of these shorts. Comfortable and lightweight. Great pockets. Online reviews said they ran small so I originally ordered one size up. But that was a mistake. I should have heeded Patagonia's size chart and recommendation to but my usual size. Had to exchange them for my usual size and they fit like a charm. Exchanging was... Read More fast and easy, though.

July 16, 2023


I work outside doing horticulture in summer heat and humidity, 100 degree plus. I sweat a lot. They wick moisture, keep me sweating right and do not get saggy. They wash well as I get earth on me along with other debris. Why not 5 stars? The little tabs on the waistband are hard for me to adjust.

July 13, 2023

Cool dhorts

I like the style and fit. Fabric is light , sturdy and has nice feel and drape. Great color!

May 25, 2023

Finally, Patagonia shorts that fit me again

I have been trying to replace my 17 year old Water Girl board shorts for a long time. There haven't been any Patagonia shorts until now that fit me. Usually they are too big in the waist and too tight in the thigh and leg opening. Finally, while a bit baggier and longer than my old Water Girls, these shorts actually fit. I agree that these run... Read More crazy small - I held up my old shorts with the new ones, and they are exactly the same in the waist. The old shorts are size 2, and the new ones are size 8!!! Finally, I hope the snap works for a while - it is hard to close. Old shorts had two snaps, which is nice insurance.

May 19, 2023

Super comfy

These are my go-to shorts for mountain biking. They fit a touch small and therefore tend to ride up a little bit above my knee pads. Nevertheless, I wear these almost every ride because they're light, stretchy, fast drying, and the lack of sewn seems or front pockets makes for an extremely comfortable low profile fit. The waist adjustments are... Read More nifty, easy to use, and so low profile you don't even notice them

May 17, 2023

Ridiculously small

I wear a size 16 in just about everything, for many Patagonia items I size up to an 18. Patagonia XL fits perfectly. I first purchased these in a 16 - NOPE, not even close. I returned and sized up to an 18 - NOPE. I have no idea what is up with the sizing on these, but they just don't seem to work for my body. This is a huge issue in the total... Read More of larger women's mountain bike pants, they all seem to be crazy small at the larger sizes. This is especially weird for Patagonia, since I have so many other pants that fit just fine.

Response from Patagonia
May 18, 2023

Thank you for the feedback on the fit of these shorts, Stacey. We're sorry to hear of the frustration with sizing! These have a regular fit, so we're not sure why they're sitting so tightly but we'll share this feedback with the team. These shorts do go up to a size 22; if you'd like to exchange, you can begin that process [here]( If you'd like garment measurements to help you decide on which size to go with, feel free to reach out to our customer service team.

April 28, 2023

Super comfortable, size up 2x

I normally wear a size 2, 26-27, occasionally a 4 depending on the brand, but had to reorder these in a 6 as the 4 gave a major wedgie (they were too short in the pelvis). The 6 fits like a glove and they are so lightweight they feel like they're not even there!

March 10, 2023

Funky Fit

I was so excited for these shorts! The fabric, color, and look are all 10/10. As a tall woman, the length is perfect! My disappointment is how these shorts fit. The waist band of the short rides across my hips, which isn't super flattering (hello love handles) and not conducive to staying up during activity. When I pull them up to my natural w... Read Moreaist line, where I would typically wear technical shorts/pants, the crotch rides up. It is quite painful, and again, not super flattering. Given all of the positive reviews, the shallow "saddle" of these shorts may just be a tall girl problem. Sadly returning these sweet shorts for something that is more comfy for riding.

Response from Patagonia
March 14, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are sorry they did not fully work out. Please feel free to reach out to our [Customer Service Team](*1kme02x*_ga*MTQ5ODEyNDA3OS4xNjUyMjExNDc2*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3ODgyNjI5MC40OTEuMS4xNjc4ODI5MjkwLjAuMC4w) at any time during your purchase and we will be more than happy to give you more exact measurements! This way we can get you into the best fitting product, so you can be comfortable during all of your rides.

September 1, 2022

Love These Go to Shorts

I love these go to shorts for hiking, mountain biking and casual wear. I have received so many complements on the fit and they are perfectly light weight for summer endeavors, love the extra length for sun protection and they move well with your body and don't catch on the saddle.

August 22, 2022

These were very baggy.

These were very baggy.

Response from Patagonia
August 26, 2022

Thank you so much for leaving this review Linda! We are very sorry to hear that these were a bit baggy for you. Please know you are more than welcome to start a [return or exchange]( for refund or a different size if needed.

August 9, 2022

Comfy and well fitting

The perfect mountain bike shorts! The lack of front pockets means no bunching or folding where the thighs meet the waist, and the side pockets are slim and fit a phone, keys, or gel. The material feels durable and quick drying, and the flat welded seams give them a smooth fit. I have wider hips, and the is pretty slim fitting across the hips/upper... Read More thighs, but fits perfectly around the waist. The tight thighs do not feel like they inhibit my pedaling at all, as the shorts are very stretchy.

July 20, 2022

Cool Fabric, poor fit.

Nice fabric, but poor fit. I love the lightweight fabric, but cannot fit kneepad with these shorts, they are long but the knee opening is super small. Wish they would make the knee a tad wider or make the short about 1" shorter to accommodate any leg armor.

Response from Patagonia
July 25, 2022

Hi Jessica, we're sorry to hear that you're having trouble with fitting knee pads under the Dirt Roamer Mountain Bike Shorts. If you find that the fit is too bothersome, please feel free to begin a [return or exchange]( at any time.

July 18, 2022

Favorite shorts, but stretch a little

I'm normally a size 8, but due to the fact that these stretch a little size 6 works best for me. At first they are snug, but they stretched at the waist over time. I have them in the grey and pink. My favorite shorts. Love the large leg pocket.

June 1, 2022

Perfect fit except the legs are too snug above the knee

I love everything about these shorts except the fit is too snug above the knee. I dont like to feel tension with every pedal strokeI want a bike short with a looser fit above the knees for freedom while pedaling. I have narrow thighs, so its not just my body type!

Response from Patagonia
June 4, 2022

We are sorry to hear of this fit issue with our Women's Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review about this. We have passed this information over to our design crew. Please know that we have reached out to you privately in regards to returning this product if you are unsatisfied.

April 1, 2022

Love these.

The extra length and extreme lightness of the fabric is great for bouldering and hiking.

March 10, 2022

Significant improvement over the earlier version

I had three pairs of the original Dirt Roamers. I loved the light fabric, unbeatable on hot days. But the taped seams were prone to splitting open and difficult to fix. I also found the single zipped pocket pretty miminalistmaybe a packet of gel or a credit card and car key could fit. This new version has a sturdier material but still very lightwei... Read Moreght, the seams look sturdier, and the two zipped larger pockets are great ! I am 5ft 4 inches 115 lb. Size 4 fits perfectly with a little adjustment on the waist. I used to prefer shorter length but these are much better sun protection and I have gotten used to the look of the longer length. They are a close fit, but stretch without being tight, and they don't get hung up on the seat. Perfect for summer riding. I am very particular about my liner shorts so did not purchase the Dirt Roamer ones.

February 19, 2022

Great short but....

I rode these shorts on the southern tier route across America last spring. The outer shorts were great-comfortable, washed well, dried out quickly. Initial fit was good although with all that riding and my weight loss I could hardly keep them up at the end. The waist adjustment helped. This was the only pair of shorts I had for 3 months of touring-... Read Morefor both on and off my bike. Good concept but didn't work well in that regard. What I had a problem with was the inner short. Mainly, the elastic around the bottom of the legs was ineffective. Did not stay put while I was walking or riding but rode up on my thighs and chaffed. I ended up just using these for casual wear, without the chamois, and used a pair of capris I had for riding. Made for frequent washing by hand.

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