11 May Patagonia Dirt Craft: Dual-Purpose Bike and Hiking Shorts
If you’re looking for the most versatile pair of bike shorts on the market, look no further than the Patagonia Dirt Craft. These two-layer bike shorts are designed to look as good off the trail as they do on it, while being supremely comfortable the whole time. They have slimmer cut than most other mountain shorts, meaning they still look pretty good for wearing about town.
The outer short layer is made with a stretchy and breathable nylon/spandex blend, coated with a DWR-layer for water-resistance. The inner liner is moisture-wicking, with mesh panels, and a 3-layer chamois seat – specifically designed for mountain bikes, in this case – for those long days sitting down on the back of the bike.
An 11.5” inseam provides enough coverage down your legs without feeling like an oversized pair of cargo shorts. And the knees are articulated for even more comfort as you fly down the mountain; we don’t see a lot of shorts with articulated knees, but they might come in handy considering the abuse bike shorts are meant to take. An external hook-and-webbing adjustment at the waist makes getting the perfect fit easy, while the drop-in hand pockets and secure zipper pocket at left thigh make sure you never lose your belongings.
And since Patagonia didn’t want to leave you with just a pair of mountain bike shorts that looked this good, they considered that you might want to go hiking in these shorts, hence the improved fit and material. These shorts will fit in both on the bike and off, whether you’re out hiking in the boulders or grabbing dinner afterwards. A reflective Patagonia logo on the hem and hip ensure you’re never invisible come dark.