Padded mountain bike shorts: What's the difference?
Mountain bike padded shorts are a key piece of mountain biking protection. Mountain bike padded shorts typically have padding to protect your quads, hips, and tailbone. For the more serious downhill mountain biker - or the "just learning" crowd who really need protection while they learn - wearing a pair of mtb padded shorts can make your day a lot more enjoyable.
SportsProtective staff picks of favorite padded mountain bike shorts
We're big fans of Crash Pads 1300 padded mountain bike shorts
, which feature an ergonomically correct (for your typical riding position), six-paneled Lycra design that is both breathable and comfortable and provides excellent hip and thigh protection. Other features of the Crash Pads 1300 padded mountain bike shorts:
Do you have more questions about which mountain bike padded shorts are right for you?
- Articulated, thermal-formed, soft-shell foam padding to protect your hips and quads
- Four-way stretch breathable Lycra material for maximum freedom of movement
- Waist drawstring cinches in the rear; won’t pinch when you’re in a crouched position
- Half-inch thermal formed, scored, flame bonded, high-density foam pads
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No matter your choice of padded shorts for mountain biking, we stand behind every product we sell and will work together with you to get you the right protection. We offer a great selection—in stock—from brands you trust, and with no hassle returns. Complete your outfit with other MTB protective gear, like a bike helmet, elbow pads, body armor, knee pads, and gloves. Whether you’re an experienced downhill rider or about to hit the trail for the first time, we're here to help.