Best Mountain Bike Shorts For Women: Look great on the trail

When it comes to mountain bike shorts for women, the good stuff often sells out very quickly, leaving just the geeky looking stuff left. Well, I have been doing some research in to the best mountain bike shorts for women andI think you will be happy with what I have found for you. But, you will need to be quick, as they will fly off the internet shelves!

Before you start shopping though, have a look at my guide to see what to look for in a pair of women’s mountain bike shorts. I bet there is something you haven’t thought of in there.

Fox Flexair

Fox Racing

The Fox Racing Flexair mountain bike shorts are made from their hard wearing TruMotion material.  They are held up by a ratchet buckle, and a grip made from silicone, running around the waistline. These shorts have two zipped pockets at the front, big enough for whatever you want to carry.

The stretchy material and the brilliantly located laser cut ventilation holes, make them very comfortable and cool.


  • Material: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane
  • TruMotion 4-way stretch fabric for unrestricted movement on the bike
  • Strategically placed laser cut perforations for enhanced airflow
  • Laser cut low profile zipper pockets
  • Adjustable front ratchet closure
  • Inseam: 14.5″


Fantastic lightweight and stretchy downhill shorts, that feel like trail shorts. They are very durable and worth the extra cost if you can justify it.

Nukeproof Blackline

Nukeproof blackline shorts

The Nukeproof Blackline shorts are also excellent and  are made to be extremely comfortable. This comes from the  nice stretchy fabric. This material has been treated to repel water with a DWR coating, so you shouldn’t be troubled when splashing through muddy puddles.

The fly is secured with double popper buttons, while the pockets are zipped. You can make sure that they fit you perfectly with the adjustable internal Velcro straps. Inside the shorts, there are additional soft silicone panels that hold on to your inner shorts, providing you with even more security. To help with wicking moisture away and comfort, the waist band has a mesh lining too.

The Nukeproof Blackline shorts have two front zipped pockets, and one has a lanyard for attaching your keys to. and one rear pocket. The shorts are made to last with triple stitching and rubberised graphics, to keep them looking fresh for years to come.


  • Main Material: 88% Polyester, 12% Elastane
  • Stretch fabric with DWR
  • Inner waist adjustable Velcro tabs plus inner waist silicon grip to prevent shorts slipping down
  • Mesh lined waistband for comfort and moisture wicking
  • YKK Zips
  • 2 front zipped security pockets plus 1 back zipped security pocket
  • Popper buttons at fly for extra secure fitting – Belt Loops
  • Inner pocket lanyard clip loop
  • Triple stitched inner leg hems for extra strength
  • Rubberised printed graphics
  • Nukeproof branded trims


What I really like these shorts, is their subtle and cool design. Therefore, they look good on the trail, and won’t make you feel a bit silly in the pub after your ride either.

They are very well-made and are excellent value for money. However, the only criticism is that the back pocket is a bit too small to be practical. But, if you rid with a backpack you shouldn’t be too bothered by that.

Endura Humvee II Women's Mountain Bike Shorts

Endura hummvee ladies shorts

The Endura Humvee II shorts are Endura’s best-selling shorts, and it is easy to see why. These shorts have a loose fit and lots of great technical features. They look great when on your bike, but are not too bold and shouty for when you are not riding.

They have the DWR (Durable Water Resistant) coating, meaning that they will stop most rain showers and splashes from muddy puddles. These shorts have a few features to help with comfort too. The seat panel is seamless, meaning it there is nothing to rub, while the mesh panels in the legs will keep you cool. The elasticated waist band and integral belt will make sure they are the perfect fit for you.

These shorts have two hand pockets and a zipped cargo pocket, which is ideal for your phone.


  • Material: 85% Polyester, 12% Nylon, 3% Elastane
  • Lightweight, durable, 4-way stretch fabric
  • Includes Clickfast™ detachable liner with women’s 200-series pad
  • Mesh panel for enhanced ventilation
  • Hand pockets and zipped cargo pocket
  • Durable seat panel
  • Elasticated waistband with integral belt
  • High Mobility Multi-use Versatility: HuMMVee


These women’s mountain bike shorts are excellent value for money. For the price, you probably won’t find shorts with the same level of features.

ION Traze Women's Mountain Bike Shorts

mountain bike shorts for women

The ION Traze shorts are perfect for riding on warm days. These shorts have a two-way stretch fabric and four way stretch inserts. This is so they will not restrict your movement when you are riding your bike. They are thin and breathable, but also feel very durable, giving you confidence that they are going to last.

The Traze shorts have laser cut ventilation holes on the inside leg to keep you cool.

These shorts have a very nice tidy look to them, as pockets are flush. Because of this they are not fussy or shouty, but cool and refined.

Velcro waist adjustment helps you get the perfect fit, while the pocket is good for a lift pass, but not much else.


  • Zipped front pockets
  • Triple stitched seams
  • Reflective details
  • Two way stretch fabric
  • Four way stretch inserts
  • Velcro waist adjustment
  • Laser cut ventilation holes


Inspired by ION’s surf wear, the Traze women’s mountain bike shorts are no-nonsense and made to be comfortable. The short’s flat colours will allow you to wear them with a lot of different jerseys too.

What do you think of these mountain bike shorts for women?

Do you like the ones I have found? My mission hasn’t come to an end, as I will be adding to the list as I find them. Let me know if there is something you would like to see on this page in the comments below.

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