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Old 12-19-11, 04:59 PM   #1
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What is your favorite brand/model of baggy shorts with padded liner?

I'm looking to get some baggy shorts, mainly for having the convenience of pockets but also for more comfortable walking around off the bike without looking like I just got off a bike. I had a couple pairs of baggies I bought from Performance a few years ago. One was a basic pair and it was junk. The other pair was one of their nicer pairs but it was also still junk. I've been eying the Aerotech Touring baggies:
http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/baggy...ts.htm#touring
as well as the Endura Humvee baggies:
http://www.endurasport.com/Product.a...12&prod_id=115
Anyone else out there have a brand that they really like? I ride with a Brooks B17 saddle which I've just started breaking in if that makes any difference. Incidentally I find the saddle to be totally comfortable and I've only been riding it a couple weeks so far. The problems with the Performance brand shorts were they made me feel like I was sliding around on the saddle a lot but that also might have had to do with the asshatchet I was riding at the time as well as other bike fit issues I was addressing. Still, I think you need to have some type of gusset or seamless crotch area as well as a back that doesn't slide down on you while you're riding. Something NOT in black would be nice as well.
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Old 12-19-11, 05:19 PM   #2
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I like shorts by Fox, I'm on my 3rd pair now.
After I wore out my 1st pair(after 2 or 3 years),
I bought my 2nd and 3rd shorts at the same time.
They last a long time, I wear mine from spring to
fall. Alternating my shorts for my 4 day per week
commute of around 100 miles per week.

http://shop.foxhead.com/store/produc...at20134&mode=1

If there's an REI near you, check out the different
brands/models they carry.
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Old 12-19-11, 05:30 PM   #3
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I would probably just wear these shorts all year round. Right now I wear my regular bike shorts with the pad underneath my unpadded tights. I'd just do it the other way around and wear the tights underneath the baggies liner with the baggy shorts. Heck the extra layer of fabric my help keep my junk from freezing up.
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Old 12-19-11, 06:08 PM   #4
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corriene dennis in the uk make good stuff well actually there stuff is class, the mountain bike baggies are great.i paid 60 euro as far as i can remember ,the inner is top quality lycra padded shorts which can be worn on there own then the baggies are really well made anyway check her stuff out dont think you will be disppointed.
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Would you consider shorts without an integrated brief like this or this combined with a padded liner like this?

I tour with one short and two or three liners which takes up a lot less space than two or three integrated shorts which are usually really bulky. Just throwing out an option you might not have considered so sorry if it's off topic.
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Would you consider shorts without an integrated brief like this or this combined with a padded liner like this?

I tour with one short and two or three liners which takes up a lot less space than two or three integrated shorts which are usually really bulky. Just throwing out an option you might not have considered so sorry if it's off topic.
Well, one thing I really like about those Endura baggies is they have a snap in liner so you don't have to have multiple bulky pairs of shorts. Something like that would be great for my summer commutes to work because I could easily have a two or three pairs of liners and simply snap in a fresh clean pair while the dirty ones were getting washed and dried. I may find over time that with my Brooks saddle I won't need to wear padded shorts anymore, but I'm not holding my breath on that score. Frankly I think I prefer having the pad simply to lessen the possibility of any kind of pressure sores. The other thing is getting shorts that have a decent enough selection of pockets for carrying keys, wallet, cell phone, etc.
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Hi

I am considering getting a couple of pairs of Ground Effect Juggernauts and Underdogs. I prefer the non-liner type of short as it provides more options, e.g., could wear bibs if I wished under the shorts.

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Hummvees are my favorite shorts period. For everything. The 3/4 length are great too. The liners are decent, if not stellar, but then liners in general are not as good as the better bike shorts anyway. They make a long version too.
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kiltedcelt, As your saddle fits you well you may want to look at shorts that just have a chamois. Best thing to do is trial fit as many brands of mountain and touring bike shorts as you can. If you've found a brand/model of cycling shorts you like, you can wear seamless shorts over them. I like the nylon cargo style hiking shorts to wear over cycling shorts.

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I may find over time that with my Brooks saddle I won't need to wear padded shorts anymore, but I'm not holding my breath on that score.
It is possible. I completed a 10 day tour using a pair of Jackson and Gibbons fleece lined baggie shorts and it worked great. This was on a nicely broken in B17. However, I tried doing the same on subsequent tours and it didn't work for me at all causing me to hit the nearest bike shop and buying several pairs of padded shorts. I wished I knew what happened because it was great not having to wear (tight) padded bike shorts for 8-10 hours/day.

You are right about the pocket issue, the ones I mentioned wouldn't do well in that regard.
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Old 12-20-11, 10:42 AM   #11
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Well, one thing I really like about those Endura baggies is they have a snap in liner so you don't have to have multiple bulky pairs of shorts. Something like that would be great for my summer commutes to work because I could easily have a two or three pairs of liners and simply snap in a fresh clean pair while the dirty ones were getting washed and dried.
Do they sell the liners separately? Most companies don't, which means you have to pay for the full short+liner combo if you want extras of either.

For myself, I've tried baggie shorts and decided they're almost always a poor short combined with a sub-par liner and sold at a premium price. When I want baggy shorts, I grab one of my high-quality lycra riding shorts and then pull a pair of my favorite hiking shorts over the top. You get the ultimate flexibility and you're sure that both pieces of clothing are top-notch...
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Bellwether Escape Baggies have worked great for me. Nice quality, excellent resilient padding.
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Old 12-20-11, 03:44 PM   #13
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Do they sell the liners separately? Most companies don't, which means you have to pay for the full short+liner combo if you want extras of either.

For myself, I've tried baggie shorts and decided they're almost always a poor short combined with a sub-par liner and sold at a premium price. When I want baggy shorts, I grab one of my high-quality lycra riding shorts and then pull a pair of my favorite hiking shorts over the top. You get the ultimate flexibility and you're sure that both pieces of clothing are top-notch...
Endura does in fact sell liners separately, and apparently a lot of folks who like them buy a couple pairs of shorts and several extra liners. As for the other approach - a good pair of cycling shorts combined with a good pair of hiking shorts, what I like about the cycling specific ones are they usually have a stretch panel across the back and usually a higher rise in the back than traditional cargo shorts. I like what I see with the Endura shorts because they've got a seamless stretch panel crotch as well as loads of pockets and the snap out liners. I'm still looking for other suggestions though. So far, the Endura shorts, particularly the Humvees look to be the best.
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Old 12-20-11, 08:13 PM   #14
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I got me a pair sitting under the christmas tree. I think they came from dicks. I don't remember the brand.
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I have a pair of fox shorts with a detachable liner that I really like (it's mesh, so that's nice when it's super hot and the shell is very lightweight as well, but seems durable enough), but my absolute favorite baggies are a gore pair (countdown I think is the model). Again detachable liner. I like that because I can wear any shorts underneath. Sure the ones that go with it have loops that snap around loops in the shell (or vice versa), but they don't require to be snapped together. When I'm commuting I prefer just to use tri shorts as my liners. I have 4-5 comfortable pairs and the nice thing is they have the pad to manage moisture, but it's much thinner so it dries more quickly while hanging up under my desk or in my locker (which lacks good airflow). My commute is only in the 5-10 mile range each way (depending on how long I feel like making it), so I don't need much cushioning, though I sweat a lot so moisture management is key.
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Torpedo 7 have various brands/sizes at sale prices at the moment which may be of interest. I have ordered a pair of MACE Drogues to try out.

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I bought my 1st through 4th pair of shorts through Aerotech Designs. I'm one of the "those" types that is not comfortable trying on things at say a bike shop. So I ordered my first pair of baggy mountain bike shorts with the inner short with padding. Having never tried on bike shorts before I took a guess as to the size I would wear. The first pair I got didn't fit so good... So I was able to return them with NO PROBLEMS to Aerotech for another size. Since then I have ordered 3 other pairs of shorts.. They ship fast and great customer service.

My only regret.... I put 15,000 miles on my bike as an adult before I got my first pair of bike shorts. Now I can't stand to ride down the block without them on.... DOH!!!
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+1 Humvees.
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L.L. Bean makes a very good pair with pockets in black.
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Prana Mojo

Lightweight poly microfiber
Quick drying
Plush elastic waistband
Mesh-lined front pockets
Full inseam gusset
Rear cargo pocket
10" inseam

If you need padding/chamois, you can always wear a padded liner short underneath.
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I have several pair of Performance Boulder II shorts that I have been very happy with.

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I like the J&G touring short. Work well, comfortable, look fine, long lasting and a good value.
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Do they sell the liners separately? Most companies don't, which means you have to pay for the full short+liner combo if you want extras of either.

For myself, I've tried baggie shorts and decided they're almost always a poor short combined with a sub-par liner and sold at a premium price. When I want baggy shorts, I grab one of my high-quality lycra riding shorts and then pull a pair of my favorite hiking shorts over the top. You get the ultimate flexibility and you're sure that both pieces of clothing are top-notch...
I am not one to wear baggy shorts. That said, if I wanted to, I'd probably do what sstorkel is suggesting.
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I went ahead and purchased a pair of Endura Humvee shorts with removable liner. I'll try them out and see how I like them. If they pass muster I'll probably purchase at least another pair or two with extra liners.
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I went ahead and purchased a pair of Endura Humvee shorts with removable liner. I'll try them out and see how I like them. If they pass muster I'll probably purchase at least another pair or two with extra liners.
Do let us know how they go. I am considering a pair as well.

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