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Empire Bike Short - Men's

4.666666666666667 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews


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Why We Built The Backcountry Empire Bike Short

"Love that these shorts are long for better coverage and that there's extra space for my knee pads at the opening. No weird gap, no snags while I'm pedaling." —Gearhead® Expert Alex

Our Backcountry Empire Bike Short was inspired by one of the rowdiest descents in our backyard and built to excel on the technical high-alpine terrain of Park City's seemingly endless trail system. The 4-way stretch fabric ensures there's no limit to how much we can move around the bike as we navigate exposed ridgelines, while the longer inseam provides added coverage and a seamless fit with our kneepads. Plus, the adjustable waist with silicone grippers keeps our shorts in place no matter how gnarly the trail gets.


  • Versatile MTB short for big enduro lines and bike park sends
  • Stretchy fabric gives us full freedom of movement around the bike
  • DWR treatment helps fend off water, mud, and stains
  • 13-inch inseam provides protection against trailside brush
  • Regular fit with higher back rise for on-bike coverage
  • Articulated front and kick-forward leg improve pedaling comfort
  • Zippered thigh pockets hold small essentials and double as vents
  • Laser-cut thigh vents increase airflow as the temps and pace rise
  • Item #BCCZ2QO
Responsible Collection
[face fabric] bluesign® APPROVED
[bistre, kalamata, black] 88% nylon, 12% spandex, PFC-free DWR treatment, [other colorways] 88% nylon, 12% spandex, C6 DWR treatment
2 hand, 2 zippered side
hook and loop adjustable, internal silicone dot gripper
thigh laser perforations
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
enduro, trail

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 3 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

June 3, 2024

I Like Long Shorts

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

I first bought the shorter inseam Slickrock bike shorts, and loved their fabric and quality of construction, but not their length. Upon learning of these 11 inch inseam Empire bike shorts I ordered a pair - and they are everything I could have hoped for! First, the number and arrangement of the pockets is much superior to the shorter Slickrock bike shorts. I like the way my phone sits in the Empire side pockets much better - as in the Slickrock my phone bulges from the front too much. Second, the Empire uses a Velcro waitband adjustment, much cleaner and neater than the strap on the Slickrock shorts. Lastly, the inseam - 11 inches is perfect when walking, standing and especially while riding. I’ve gone on to buy more pairs and the Empire shorts as I use them for everything now. As for the shorter Sliickrock shorts? They live on doing yeomans duty as my indoor workout shorts - where carrying a phone is not necessary and where their shorter length and larger air vent holes are helpful. Only improvement I could suggest for the Empire shorts are for air vent holes as large as those on the Slickrock bike shorts. The Empir shorts have smaller vent holes.

John S
4 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024

Great Shorts

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
6' 2"

These shorts feel and fit great. My only critique is the pockets. The pockets are a little short. But I try not to keep much in my pockets on bike rides and they do have a side zipper pocket. I do need my phone on my though and it sticks out of the pocket slightly. Not a big issue but that is the only fault I can provide.

Kyle K
5 out of 5 stars

October 2, 2023

Everybody loves my Empire shorts

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
6' 2"

Handsome design, great colors (calla and sunflower), comfy in many conditions. I logged back in and bought more! Note: sunflower fig perfectly and calla is noticeably tighter, but serviceable. They wash and dry well. They’re my new favorite shorts!

Ethan F