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With no way to make them tighter than the provided elastic if you're between sizes I would consider sizing down. I found my size is constantly sliding down when wearing a hip pack/waist belt. No loops for a belt and no other ways to tighten it I might have to take it in a little and sew it slightly smaller to better use the elastic to help kee... Read Morep them up.
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Not for every type of body
While I really liked the material and the functionality of this short. I found it to not fit people with a higher hip. The crouch length was to short and therefore was uncomfortable front and back. Disappointing for I really liked the layout of the short. Had to reluctantly return them.
Hi Bob! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the fit. We greatly appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team to keep in mind for future seasons.
Not recommended for MTB, fabric is not durable - super thin
Fabric is super thin and with an small fall, the shorts ripped and made them unusable.
Hi Diego! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear the shorts ripped after a small fall. We understand the disapointment in the quality, and we definitely want to assist you with a repair or return so we've reached out to you directly.
The fabric and fit on these shorts are great. The pockets are in a good spot for biking, and the zipper is awesome. The waistband sorta stretches throughout my rides so i have to stop and pull them up sometimes. But overall super happy with these shorts, they are my top choice of the other MTB shorts i have.
Super light & comfortable
Some of the best lightweight MTB shorts out there. The material is stretchy, the waistband elasticated & the slanted zipped thigh pockets are perfectly positioned for smartphone, theres nothing to fault them particularly when connected to a padded liner with the integrated tabs. I highly recommend them as my go-to favorite summer MTB shorts. No... Read Morermally a 34, I wear these in 36 & I am 6ft 3in 205 lbs. Plus they are made by Patagonia, the best brand out there!
Durable but breezy light
The first thing I noticed about these shorts was how incredibly light weight they are, much lighter than my previous bike shorts, despite being over 1" longer. I was slightly concerned about this, but after a month or more of riding them multiple times a week, I am really impressed. While it is light, the fabric has some serious abrasion resis... Read Moretance and a nearly perfect stretch. These attributes combined mean that snagging a branch or hitting the dirt unexpectedly doesn't damage the shorts in any way, at least within reason. I haven't had any major crashes, but I ride hard and so far these shorts are holding up spectacularly.
Great cut for MTB
I also use the Dirt Roamer shorts. I do like the fit and weight of these better. The phone pocket is perfect size and location. I tried a few sizes and they fit true to size, not having a waist belt has been a non-issue for me. The cut is trimmer that the DRs which works better for me for trail riding. They won't work for me with knee pads but... Read More that isn't the intent. The seams are sewn rather than welded like the DRs. The seat seam has come loose after a handful of rides, I know Patagonia will warranty them but this should not happen. 5 stars on fit and materials, 3 stars on the seam quality so far.
Innovative approach to bike shorts
I've been using the shorts for a couple of weeks, and while I initially had some reservations about the pocket position and type of material, I'm now really enjoying them. I'm used to having pockets in the normal position below the waist line, so it took a little while to adjust to having them at thigh level. But the pocket position ... Read Moreis fine - when riding I can easily reach my phone, and the depth prevents objects falling out, even when the zip is open. Having the pockets lower down I think puts less stress on the pocket inner material when carrying things like keys - I've often ended up having to repair pocket inners when they're in the normal location. One side effect of lower pockets is that the contents can swing about slightly when walking - not a problem if you keep the contents to a minimum. I keep my phone front left, keys front right, and my wallet in the rear pocket, which works well. The material initially felt a little crinkly, but after a couple of wash cycles and almost daily use the shorts now feel much softer - nice and cool when riding in heat.
Great bike shorts
Material and fit are great. They stay in place, are light and stretchy. Material has nice traction on the seat, no crotch catch or material folding. Pockets are roomy- i don't use them when riding because i don't like the feel, but appreciate them in transition. I can wear them a few times before i wash them, always a bonus for me. Feel t... Read Moreough so far.
Nifty Phone Pocket
The phone pocket is perfectly placed so that your hog of a Strava tracker does not hit your knee. The elastic does the job of keeping your shorts on (and off the bike) if you have the exact correct size. Adding a draw string would be the perfect addition to this short to give it capability for an after-ride dip in the river. A draw string would be ... Read Morea low bulk way to keep the shorts from slipping down below the waist line when the elastic is not quite keeping the shorts as high on the waistline as preferred.
Great biking shorts
I have several pair of these shorts. I use them for long bike rides, 30-80 miles. They are great. The seams are moved away from the seat area, no chafing. And the pockets are moved to the side, so nothing falls out, with easy access while on the bike. Not padded, but they work great for me.
Perfect for bike touring
For the last six years I've been riding with Patagonia Quandary shorts, including two bike trips across the U.S.. I recently tried the Landfarer shorts and they are even better for cycling because of the waist band, and less pocket material. Plus the fit in the front is better on the bike due to less material. The Landfarers are great shorts f... Read Moreor on the bike. For traveling a quick sink wash, or hose off and they dry in minutes, they breath well, and don't get hot. Happy trails!
Runs small otherwise excellent
I have a lot of Patagonia clothes and all my trousers are 32s and they all fit perfectly, I've therefore chosen a 32 in this one as well and it runs small had to switch to a 33 that fits perfectly. Otherwise, like all Patagonia products absolutely excellent product especially like that it is so cooling.
Great riding shorts
Love the shorts and they are great for mountain biking - The material and stretch are great for long rides and the pockets are a nice addition as well. Only part I wish was better is the ability to tighten the waste. If these had belt loops or a built in belt, they would definitely be 5/5 stars.
I should have listened to my friend sooner
I have a buddy that kept telling me these were the best Mountain Bike shorts he had ever owned. But it took me 2 years to try them and I love em. Light and stretchy, never binding. The crotch fits tight and never catches my seat nose. The elastic waist expands well for the after ride beer. I hope they turn out to be durable, although I can't i... Read Moremagine what they wouldn't be.
Not happy the shorts have only a stretch / spandex waist band
Not happy the shorts have only a stretch / spandex waist band; and no cord or strap sewn into the waist band for a little extra range of control of the waist fit and for holding stability. Otherwise, I like them. If the stretch waist holds up well over time it will be good, if it loses its stretch / holding power I will not be satisfied because the... Read Morere is no back up. Thank You
Thanks for the feedback Stephen. The waist band here is to be a pared down ultra light version. You might prefer our [Men's Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-dirt-roamer-mountain-bike-shorts-11-half-inch/24721.html)
Landfarer Bike shorts
Very comfortable shorts- perfect fit for me for cross country biking and just knocking about in as I am an athletic but chunky build. I know that Patagonia sizing XL regular fits me very well and that the garments will allow a good range of movement without being too baggy.
Love them. The back left pocket is a game changer.
The back left pocket is most unique. No longer will my wallet or phone sit directly beneath my cheek butt and eventually cause discomfort (especially while driving). I cant even notice my phone or wallet when Im sitting. Im not as tall so shorts usually look baggy on me (size 31). These shorts look like theyre tailored. Unfortunately, their other ... Read MoreDirt Roamer isnt the same tailored look for their 31 size on me. I was afraid the lack of belt or cinching strap would allow these shorts to fall. So far with a phone and wallet, these shorts stay put. They should put this much elasticity in the waists of all their shorts, and perhaps add a cinching system just in case one loads up the shorts with other stuff. So yeah. Very stylish and functional.
I had thought these were kind of cheap looking, and wasn't a fan of the elastic waist in the pics, but needed some shorts and spotted these on sale. Turns out they're fantastic shorts, perfect size, great fit, the elastic waist is super comfortable, two useful zip pockets in a great position for pedalling, length just below the knee and s... Read Moreuited for kneepads, and they're light and seem durable too . Honestly can't fault them, especially at the price.
Perfect fit for days on the trail
I wear a size 31 normally but these fit really snug in the crotch area, recommend sizing up at least 1-2 sizes. They are super lightweight and ultra comfortable. I wear them for MTB and hiking on cool and warm days and they work perfectly - the two side pockets are perfect for a phone or keys or snacks or whatever you want to put in your pockets fo... Read Morer your adventures. Definitely size up or else youll be rocking moose knuckle on your bike. be warned.
Great Bike Shorts
I got three of these, Black, Blue and Orange. They fit great for everyday use and with the Patagonia chamois shorts as a liner, they work great for biking. I am 80 and have used Pearl Izumi Bike shorts for years at home and on overseas bike tours. I have decided that, particularly on tours, the Patagonia shorts are more comfortable and appropriate ... Read Morefor activities off the bike.
Stretchy waist not great on bike.
For mountain biking shorts the elastic waistband sounds good in theory but when I wear bib shorts underneath, the full on road style with shoulder straps, these shorts kept sliding down when I transitioned from seated to standing on the bike. It became a lot more noticeable when the shorts sagged a bit because the elastic band slides down the lycra... Read More of the bibs and the crotch kept getting snagged on the nose of the saddle as it got raised by the dropper post. I think silicon strips in the waist could solve that issue especially if it had a more conventional waist.
Great but wish they were more durable
Great pair of shorts. Fit was good and the design of the pockets was so good i thought i had left my wallet at home. Only thing is that i wish they were a little more durable, i ripped a small hole on my 3rd ride.
We're so sorry to hear they developed a hole so soon. All of our gear is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee so feel free to send them back.
The Landfarer Short is the best pair of shorts that Patagonia has made for MTB yet. As a mountain biker who veers closer to the "aggressive trail" or "enduro" sides of the sport, I really appreciate the extra length of the Landfarers. They pair with knee pads better than Dirt Crafts and Dirt Roamers, but the legs actually seem s... Read Morelimmer and better-fitted. The pocket layout is perfect too; the snap pocket is the perfect size and location for a phone to be secure and out-of-the-way but accessible, and the zippered pockets are great for snacks, small tools, or a couple cards and some cash. A fit problem I've had with Patagonia bottoms in the past (that there isn't enough room in the rump) is not present in the Landfarers at all. I was able to order my exact waist size and have plenty of room in the seat. My only gripe is that the minimal elastic waistband is somewhat susceptible to falling down, as it isn't super secure. But I've been pleased with the snap-in integration with bibs and liners, and have even been able to make that integration work with non-Patagonia bibs. That pretty much eradicates the falling-drawers issue, and cancels out any complaints I might have. Just stopped to write this 5-star review on my way to pick up another pair.
Tougher than they look
Was a bit worried about the minimalist fabric and build. But so far have performed very well. Super comfy, too. I'm a 32 waist, these fit perfectly and don't slip despite lack of belt. Messed up landing a jump, left my rump over the rear wheel (brand new, sharp treads too!) and got grinded pretty good. My cheeks felt split open, so was su... Read Morere the new shorts were torn through, but they came out just fine! Granted, they were pulled down to my knees and my booty was burned by the new treads, but the shorts were ready to keep riding. I dig 'em.
awesome shorts for riding. Like them a little thicker.
These are awesome riding shorts. I ride 5-7 times a week and these are the first shorts I've had with the wonky side pockets. Wasn't sure I'd like them, but man... they work great! Didn't notice my keys nor my phone all ride long. Love it if they were a little thicker, but they aren't unusually thin by any means. Got some n... Read Moreice stretch to them, go just to my knee, and aren't super baggy but not tight either. Order them at exactly your waist size for when you're in shape. They'll stretch a little to accommodate being out of shape and no drawstring means you don't want to order them big. great shorts.
Great short. Touch big
Love the pockets and the feel of the shorts, but the lack of tightening or fastening at the waist is the only knock on them. The large fits me perfect, but the waist feels a touch light. Shorts still work perfectly, but they would be 5/5 if the waist was a touch snugger or there was a way to ratchet it down. I have a friend who has a medium and has... Read More the same problem.
My inattention to detail, but I still feel tricked
Great fabric, quality, color, feel...but I didn't notice that they don't have normal pockets. They're on the side and behind, so I go to put something in 'em or just hoping for a place to hang my thumbs, and I feel like a sucker. Maybe it's just me, expecting pockets to be where pockets always have been. The photos show it,... Read More but I figured those were extra pockets, not the only ones. I'd say, if you're going to go THAT rogue with pockets, fine, but on the site, say it loudly, in a big, bold font.
My Goto over all others
These are great minimalist shorts that I wear all the time. They are light and work perfectly with my knee pads. The snaps that hold them up in the the dirt roamer bibs are a great idea and work well. Highly recommend the system. The snap straps could be shorter but all in all they work great. The pockets on the legs work fine for a phone though I ... Read Morerarely use them for that. I have never used the back pocket - I actually did not even know it was there till right now. I've had shorts from just about everyone out there and these are perfect so long as they hold up.
Super Solid MTB Shorts
Just the right amount of elastic on waist to keep them up while riding and with no straps to chafe under the hip sack belt, these are great shorts. The two hip thigh pockets and one rear pocket make the transition from house to car to trail more efficient (enough room to hold a phone, keys, wallet, and banana for the Dawn Patrol Car ride)!
Like the idea but this product did not execute. Simply under-designed. Every garment should have a good phone-pocket; the only option on these shorts are on the left side, which is very frustrating if you are right handed! Additionally, the waist belt has no adjustments and the elastic is not strong enough, so when riding in these shorts they do no... Read Moret stay in place. And if you like to ride w/ your phone in your pocket, the first time you hit a jump these shorts are coming down! Minimalist design went too far b/c these riding shorts do not have enough features to be ridden in!
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Love these shorts. I thought the lack of a 4 way stretch would be a detriment but it's not. The fabric is sturdy and stretchy enough. The elastic waistband is ingenious! The numerous pockets are a very welcome addition. And the gusseted crotch is just good design for overall longevity and durability. I would categorize these as an everyday MTB... Read More short. The first ones I grab for an after work ride. More colors are needed, as I need to own a different color for everyday of the week!
Minimalist light perfect
These are once again fitted perfectly for me. I mean, moving from my saddle, moving on my saddle but yet, butt never gets naked. It sits perfectly on hips, waist and inseam. I am 61, 150lb, every thing I purchase from Patagonia is perfect size, quality and design for me. So again, thank you to Patagonia. Thanks mucho!
Zipper didn't last a single use
Shorts fit well and are comfortable for biking in, but the pocket zipper broke the first time I wore them.
Oh no! We are sorry to hear what happened. We hope you can [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) these back to us so we can get you a new pair as soon as possible. Thank you for the feedback on this.
These are my new favorite trail/enduro shorts. While I like Patagonia stuff in general, their previous MTB shorts have been a bit more XC oriented. These tick all the boxes of things I want for aggressive riding in warm temperatures, with storage for my phone and essentials so I don't have to wear a pack. The fit is long enough to reach the to... Read Moreps of knees when seated, loose enough to allow free movement (and big cyclist thighs), but without a droopy crotch to snag on the saddle. The fabric is light enough to breath well here in California, but stretchy and tough enough to withstand unplanned rapid dismounts (err... crashes) or tire buzzes. Best feature is the hamstring cell phone pocket. I don't get why so few bike shorts have figured out this location, but it's the perfect spot to keep it out of the way while pedaling. The light elastic band across the back of the waist is a great balance of keeping them in place while not being too warm. The 2 lower zip pockets are surprisingly roomy but best for light items (gloves, gummies/gels, credit card). The only reason I haven't immediately bought a second pair is that I don't love the olive and pattern colors. Add black, turquoise, or real blue please!
My new favorite!
I've been wearing the Dirt Roamer shorts for a few years and while they're super nice and have held up extremely well, I've wanted something with a touch longer inseam, a very slightly heavier material, and some more pockets. These fit the bill. They run true to size, I have about a 30.5" waist and the 31s fit me like they were ... Read Moretailored to measure. They're light but feel like they can be crashed in without ripping - I'm sure I'll be testing that feature soon. These are proper all-day, all-mountain trail shorts that will get you up the mountain and back down, no sweat.
Seem pretty great!
Have only used these for two rides so far but I'm impressed. Light, comfortable, functional. I like the fit-- tight enough there's no flapping when on a road bike ride, but loose enough you can go into a convenience store without looking too dorky. Material has a nice stretch to it, seems durable and is not shiny. Feels like they will dry... Read More quickly (important for multi-day trips). Fit seems true to size-- I normally wear a 32 or maybe a 31 in most shorts/jeans and this 32 fits great. There's no waist adjustment so hopefully they don't stretch out too much. The side pockets work well for a phone or other light items, don't bother me while riding. The back pocket has a super burly snap on it and fits my regular size iphone w case. Haven't used the liner snaps yet. I would even wear these for hiking. Seems like a winner!
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