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No taper, catches on bike seat
Nice shorts except not designed well for biking. The bottoms have no taper so its like wearing bell bottom shorts. Getting on and off bike causes them to catch on the seat. Really disappointed given how much they cost.
Response from PatagoniaMay 1, 2023
Hi Mike! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry about the disapointment with the fit. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Nice shorts, missing a few key features
Nice fit, color (khaki), and material. Fly zipper is not long enough to be functional during rest stops, so you need to unsnap. This is a bit of a silly oversight! They have two thigh pockets, but no pockets as one would find on a normal pair of shorts. Also no provision for a belt, so probably won't be using them as casual shorts. For mou... Read Morentain biking they fit the bill, and are replacing a pair of Patagonia shorts I bought in 2007, maybe? Hopefully these will also last 16 years!
Comfortable, well-made, fits smaller than original
Great mtn. bike shorts overall. Flexible, soft and tough at the same time. The pockets are nicely placed, but oddly they're open via overlapped fabric to the inside--not sure why that is necessary? Only negative is that they fit tighter/smaller than the original Dirt Roamers, I have a size 32 DR 1 that fits perfectly, wish I'd ordered a s... Read Moreize 33 on the DR 2. And once again, the mess of tags sewn into the product is ridiculous! I can understand the written care instructions in German or Spanish better than the non-sensical graphic care symbols that are supplied for English speakers. Thankfully they're sewn in separately so a few minutes with a seam-ripper and they're gone!
Really wanted to like them, but way too tight in groin area
These pants are a great design in all respects except they are FAR too tight in the groin area. The waist is true to size, thighs are a little tight but it's stretchy fabric so that's OK. But they are uncomfortably tight in the groin area. Also the zipper on the fly is super short. They feel much more like a womens' cut, and in fact ... Read Morefit my wife much better than they fit me.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 2, 2023
We appreciate your feedback and we're sorry to hear the fit isn't quite right on this one. With our [online exchange portal](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html), you can return them for a larger size and adjust the waistband. Or you may take them to your local Patagonia-owned store for a return or exchange. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you'd like any further assistance. We'll be happy to help!
I'm not a huge mountain biker so I'm not a guru on the gear or anything but these are solid. The pockets work well and material feels lightweight yet durable. It's nice being comfortable without worrying about your gear tearing or breaking. I guess the longer inseam is just to protect more skin which is understandable but I don... Read More7;t really dig the feel.
light, stretchy, comfortable
This is a great mountain biking short for warm weather. It's very comfortable. You don't really feel it. The seams are taped so, it feels like one continuous piece of fabric. Feels like the future of garment construction. Unfortunately I returned the first pair because one of the snaps was weak, so it would undo just by me sitting on the... Read More saddle. I would just use a regular button. I took it the store, and they took it back after listening to my feedback. Despite the bad snap I still like them, so I got a replacement and the new one has strong snaps. I really like them, but I would not recommend them to my friends.
Well designed shorts
Uncluttered waistband works well under a pack. Odd and even waist sizes allow you to get a perfect fit. Simple functional pockets. Material is nice and stretchy. Length is perfect. They work well with kneepads. Definitely my favorite mountain bike shorts. Nice work on these!
light, stretchy, comfortable, bad quality snaps
I do mostly all-trail riding. 2 hours at most per session. 5'5" / 145-150lbs. I'm usually a 29 on jeans, but I had to get a 31 on these shorts to get a good fit. I would definitely recommend you try them in store. These are very comfortable and light shorts for mountain biking in warm weather. Very simple. Two pockets. I don't ... Read Morecarry much in my pockets except my car key and and ID. They adjust well with the small side straps. These close with two small snaps, and the lower one in my pair has very low holding force. I barely have to flick my finger to accidentally open it, or if I try to adjust my shoes, the lower snap pops out easily. For whatever these cost, I would expect them to stay on securely. Fortunately the top snap has held, but I'm thinking of taking it to the store to hack them with old timey buttons or return them. So, beware if you buy them online. If you go to the store, just make sure the snaps are strong.
The singular best bike shorts on the planet
The material is lightweight yet durable, pockets are perfect for a phone on one side and a wallet on the other after the ride, and the minimalistic look and feel is unmatched in the bike short market. The flared knees are perfect for days with knee pads but not excessive when not wearing them. These paired with the dirt roamer liners fit like a glo... Read Moreve and you'll never want to wear another pair of biking shorts. Troy Lee, Fox, Zoic, and other biking brands make bike pants twice as heavy with weird pockets and baggy fits, Patagonia is well above the mark on these. You will not regret getting these and wearing them for the next 10+ years!
Comfortable, quality and made with recycled materials
These shorts checked the boxes for me.Very comfortable and the fit is great. They sit just below the knee and are very easy to move in while climbing and bombing down hills. They are made out of recycled materials which I support and appreciate.
Light Weight and Durable
I bought a size that was a little large for me since the ideal size (35) wasn't available, but that was my mistake. It was even larger since I ordered too large (assumed size matched waist, but it doesn't. Size is waist - 1), and solved easily with the cinch pulls on the sides. If your size isn't available, I think you could escape w... Read Moreith aiming at a smaller size over a larger size. Took it out on a 5 day bike tour, fit nicely over my chamois and super light weight. Dries quickly if it gets wet. Long inseam covers your knees, which is nice to help block the sun in a spot that can get burned riding all day otherwise. I like that they are 87% recycled - which is a big reason I purchased. No issues I can think of.
need better snaps
the shorts are nice and functional, but the snaps are very difficult to close and open
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 8, 2022
Thank you for this feedback, Michael. If those snaps get to be too annoying, please remember you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you.
fit like a glove
These shorts are seriously lightweight and yet also durable. I needed some light riding shorts and happened to see these randomly in person. I wanted to know the style so I could buy some immediately! They fit well, keep me cool and dry, and are tough enough for the bike. Bravo.
After years and years of wearing mountain bike shorts, these are by far, the most comfortable. They are incredibly light, breathable, and the fit is perfect. Legs aren't baggy, and there are no points in which they bind up. Something else to note as there is NO VELCRO, which is something I have never come across, and that makes laundering that... Read More much easier.
What I liked: the waist adjustments, the lightweight material, the fused seams, the addition of a second pocket. What I didn't like: the length. I bought these shorts for hot summer rides--these are supposedly the ultra-light, cross-country shorts. However, the inseam is so long that the sheer amount of fabric cancels out the light weight fac... Read Moretor. I'm not sure why these are an inch longer than the Dirt Craft shorts, which the sales person told me were for more downhill riding.
Just breaking them in, worried
Just breaking them in, worried about seam welded longevity! Many of my Patagonia products fail first at seams that are welded, not stitched! Cheaper to produce, but not long lived for the price! Been wearing and owning Patagonia for over 40ish years, still have a few coats from the 80s and 90s! Well kept! Newer products do not last!
Response from PatagoniaJune 21, 2022
Hi Kurt, thank you for sharing your concerns about the welded seams. These were added to make the shorts lighter, more stretchy, and more comfortable. If the seams (or any other feature of the shorts) should ever cause an issue, please keep in mind you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you.
Improved Version of the Original
These are the best MTB shorts going. Light, stretch, and fit perfectly. Designers have improved this version to remove the adjustable waist cord that never worked quite right and replaced it with a stretchy elastic waist. These shorts now have two zippered side pockets. Otherwise, they are the same great shorts that perform as advertised in all con... Read Moreditions, especially hot weather. They also run true to size and are the right length, not too long or short.
Ive been wearing both the previous Dirt Roamer shorts as well as the Dirt Craft shorts over the last several years and thought they were solid performers. But if I could have changed anything about the Dirt Roamers I would have added a second leg pocket, made the waist adjusters more usable and added a better snap closure. Well, that is exactly wha... Read Moret Patagonia changed. Ive had two days of riding in these shorts and they are PERFECT. The only thing I would like to see are some additional colors. I am a MTB guide in Arizona and ride >300 days/yr so over time I feel I have dialed in my expectations for my gear. These will definitely be my go-to shorts! Great job!
Great fit and function
I'm stoked on these mountain biking shorts! The fit is perfect - just the right amount of fabric, nothing more than you need. Fits great over my (slightly big) booty and the zip pocket hold my phone in such a way that I forget it's even there. The material feels great, is breathable on hot days, and holds up to some dirt, branches, and ev... Read Moreerything else I run/fall into when riding. Amazing quality!
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