Ok – So maybe not ‘rule them all’ but it got you clicking, didn’t it?
While there are some great options out there from the traditional bike clothing manufacturers like SCOTT, DAKINE and Race Face – there are also some awesome designs and options coming from some of the more fringe brands that may not be on the radar or available at the LBS.
If you want to get a bit Euro, or keen to support some upcoming brands, then check out some of the below for consideration with your next purchase.
MTB Shorts Review – Options to Consider
One of my favourites brands from a visual and quality product approach – this brands hails from Germany and has it roots firmly planted in the Bike and Snow culture of European Alps. With a large range of both technical and casual clothing in striking designs, there is no doubt you will be wearing something of a talking point.
An Australian company that launched recently at the MTB World Cup in Cairns, these guys are passionate about riding and have produced some quality riding kit with a distinct Australian flavour. Ideal for the AM rider and Enduro racer, the range is growing with MTB shorts for Men and Women AM riders. Great to see a local grassroots company pushing into this space.
A UK staple among riders for quality product, from the Scottish based company. If you are looking for quality waterproofs, we think a Scottish clothing company may have some expertise in this area. Their baggies have consistently come out on top in several reviews for best product. Their range is expansive with 35 MTB baggie options alone!
Swiss based Zimtstern has a loyal local following drawing inspiration from their Bike and Snow apparel focus. Considered as a true independent apparel brand, banging out interesting designs
The Mission Workshop crew have created a sub brand for MTB riders with a number of innovative products such as the Hauser Backpack. What they also have is apparel and MTB shorts. The website is worth a look for the photography alone.
High end MTB clothing and shorts featuring quality fabric and hardware and a price tag to go with it. The styling is contemporary, yet understated.
Yes the protections manufacturer also makes shorts. Staying close to their Swedish design aesthetic with a clean design and subtle, yet bold branding (yes that is possible!). While not a huge range, this is one to watch as to what other options come through for successive seasons.
The German outdoor brand have a wide variety of apparel for the mountain biker. While not a small brand, their clothing range and for the MTB rider is a new segment for them. Plenty of the euro block colours in addition to basic black. Known more for their functional bags and backpacks, they are filtering their knowledge of fabric and softgoods construction, into a range of MTB products.
The above have some options to consider when trawling through the multitude of brands that are available out there. I am happy rocking my SCOTT Path 10 shorts, but always like to see what the fringe brands are doing and their approach to serve their end consumers.