Trail shorts don't have to be complicated.
One day you might be as cool and carefree as that guy who crushes hard desert rides in skin-tight jorts, but until then you're better off wearing Zoic's Vision Men's Shorts. They might not have the same grape-smuggling charm as super-snug denim, but the Vision's DuraFlex and SuperLight fabrics are stretchier, so you'll enjoy more trail-riding mobility, and the AirFlow mesh back panel will help you stay cool and comfortable when you're cranking across desert slickrock or rallying down perfect singletrack.
Don't think the Vision is a super-baggy DH short, though. The fit is relaxed but streamlined for efficient pedaling, and the leg is slightly tapered so it won't snag on trailside bushes. This means that any knee pads you'll wear will have to be slim and low profile, but odds are you don't want DH-style armor for all-day trail rides anyway. Zoic also integrated hook-and-loop waist adjustment tabs, so your shorts don't end up around your nipples after a half hour of all-out pedaling.
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