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The 6 Best Mountain Bike Pants of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | May 25, 2022
 

Mountain bike pants, or “trousers'' as the brits call them, have always been a core piece of riding apparel. But, historically, they’ve been mostly the domain of downhill racers and freeriders. They were bulky, heavy garments, modeled after motocross pants, and not comfortable enough for pedaling or all-day rides. Luckily, in the last few years, that’s been changing. More brands have been experimenting with lighter fabrics, slimmer cuts, and thoughtful features on their riding pants. The result is a market that’s saturated with great options for everyone from casual trail riders to hardcore enduro racers.

The best mountain bike pants give you a little more protection and coverage than shorts, perfect for wet rides, or overgrown trails. But they’re designed to move easily as you pedal, and breathe well as you sweat. Every pant on the market has a slightly different list of strengths and weaknesses, so we’ve put this list together to help you choose. Looking for a super light pant for summer riding? We’ve got that. Looking for something weatherproof? You’re covered on this list, literally. So give riding pants a try, your knees and calves will thank you.

Troy Lee Designs Skyline

Troy Lee Designs Skyline

Perfect for extra muddy days or extra brushy trails, the Troy Lee Designs Skyline Pants offer a bit of added protection without too much additional warmth. The thin Coolmax fabric is the same as is used in the Skyline shorts, and comes with a rear stretch panel for additional breathability, helping you stay cool while you pedal. The Skyline is a solid all-rounder, breathable enough for hot summer days, but water resistant enough for winter riding.

 
Original PricePocketsWaist Adjustment
$119.00Zip Hand PocketsVelcro

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Fox Ranger

Fox Ranger

Designed to keep you going as far as the trail is long, the Fox Ranger Pants bring a performance-focused fit with technical stretch fabric and convenient stash pockets for the on-trail essentials. Durable and built to last, these mountain bike pants are here to set you up for success. The Ranger is a perfect shoulder season pant. It’s durable and comfortable enough for any long ride where extra moisture is a possibility.

 
Original PricePocketsWaist Adjustment
$109.95Three PocketsStrap

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DHaRCO Gravity

DHaRCO Gravity

Some days, you're gearing up to ride and you realize you're just a little too shreddy for shorts. Tested and approved by World Cup Downhill racers, the DHaRCO Gravity Pants offer a bit more protection than their shorter cousins, while still proving full freedom of movement and breathability, thanks to their stretchy, moisture wicking construction. And don't worry, they're designed to fit over your knee pads no problem, so you can stay safe on the trails. The Gravity pants are durable enough for bike park days and racing, but comfortable enough that you’ll find yourself reaching for them on most rides.

 
Original PricePocketsWaist Adjustment
$152.00Three PocketsVelcro

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Dirt Roamer Storm

Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm

Bike season never ends - if you have the right protection, that is. The Patagonia Dirt Roamer Storm Pants are lightweight, packable, and fully waterproof and breathable for comfort through the wettest, muddiest rides. With an MTB specific fit and stretch, not even the heaviest storms will discourage you from one more lap. If you’re looking for the ultimate in moisture protection, look no further than the Dirt Roamer Storm.

Original PricePocketsWaist Adjustment
$269.00Two PocketsAdjustable Waistband

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Troy Lee Designs Lilium Womens

Troy Lee Designs Lilium - Women's

The Troy Lee Designs Lilium Pants are made for muddy days and big descents. The four way stretch fabric lets you move with freedom and the waist adjusts for a dialed fit. Strategic perforation keeps you from overheating and the phone-specific pocket makes it easy to change your music or snap pics of the gang. These are the “Trail” bike of women’s pants - ready for anything at a moment’s notice.

Original PricePocketsWaist Adjustment
$129.00Three PocketsVelcro

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Fox Ranger Womens

Fox Ranger - Women's

The Fox Ranger Pants may look great around town, but it's on the bike that they really shine. The lightweight, stretch fabric moves with you but won't snag thanks to the slim, tapered leg that leaves enough room for knee pads. The zippered pockets keep valuables and snacks secure, so you can finish the rowdiest downhills with your limbs and belongings intact. The Ranger Women’s takes all the versatility of the regular Ranger, and dials in the fit for female riders.

Original PricePocketsWaist Adjustment
$109.95Two PocketsStrap

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.