Bib shorts are widely known in the road cycling world for having a better fit and feeling more comfortable while riding. Dirt Baggies out of southern California is taking the bib type shorts concept and adapting it for mountain bikers. Dirt Baggies consists of a bib liner and lightweight outer shorts shell. The two work together to keep you comfortable while riding, carry small items in your pockets, and still be able to take “nature breaks” if need be with the built in fly.
The outer shell short features 4-way stretch mesh panels to allow for freedom of movement while on the bike and allow them to breath. The rest of the shorts are made out of 4-way stretch rip-stop fabric. The shorts feature two slash pockets and reflective graphics to be seen in low light conditions.
The bib liner is made out of wicking mesh material with non-mesh inner thigh and crotch panels to reduce friction on the saddle and chaffing. The CyTech chamois pad is a mountain bike specific design with padding in the correct areas for our type of riding. Dirt Baggies explained more about the differences between road cycling chamois and what is needed for mountain bikers on their blog.
“We mountain bikers sit a little more upright than roadies. To allow increased maneuverability and improved weight balance, we typically have about 12° less flex in our hips? Because of this, more pressure is concentrated on the ischial zone (our sit bones) and less in the perenium (soft tissue (taint)).99.9% of cycling shorts are designed for roadies. DirtBaggies are designed for mountain bikers.DirtBaggies are cut with 12° less articulation through the hips, this not only matches the hip angle we adopt on a mountain bike, but it’s also better suited for hike-a-bikes, something roadies never have to deal with, dirt.” – DirtBaggies