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Backcountry Empire Bike Short - Women's

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    Empire Bike Short

    When you've reached the top of a trail system, looking out over the landscape feels as though you're surveying your kingdom. The Backcountry Empire Bike Shorts are designed to make your reign a comfortable one, by providing the high-performance coverage you need to cruise through berms, crank up steep climbs, and confidently tackle drops and jumps.

    Freedom of motion is key when you're navigating technical terrain, so the Empire features four-way stretch construction that allows you to shift as-needed throughout your ride. The waistband features hook-and-loop tabs which let you customize the waist for a secure fit, while a silicone gripper maintains its position without squeezing. The lightweight material is deceptive, as it allows plenty of airflow yet still withstands the abuse of overgrown trails and the occasional spill. The smooth fabric slides over your skin softly as you change directions, and interfaces with your knee-pads without snagging. Built for riding in varied conditions, the Empire has a DWR treatment to shed splashes of mud and light showers, while laser-cut holes maximize ventilation to prevent overheating in clear weather.

    • Backcountry Exclusive
    • Mountain bike shorts for shredding singletrack
    • Four-way stretch construction ensures freedom of motion
    • Durable weave withstands the abrasive nature of the trail
    • DWR finish sheds splashes and precipitation
    • Hook-and-loop tabs customize the waist fit
    • Laser-cut ventilation holes keep you cool on warmer days
    • Silicone gripper holds the waistband position
    • Zippered cargo pockets for tools, snacks, and essentials
    • Item #BCC00DG

    Tech Specs

    Material
    88% nylon, 12% spandex
    Fit
    regular
    Inseam
    11.5in
    Pockets
    2 hand, 2 zippered cargo
    Waist
    hook-and-loop tabs
    Recommended Use
    downhill, enduro, trail
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Wanted to lurve these

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The reviews on these are accurate.
    The good: fabric is awesome and stretchy. Not too heavy. The length is good for knee pads, even being a bit in the tall side. And pockets..always happy to have pockets that are functional
    The not great: I have narrow waist but “powerful thighs and booty”, so I had to tighten the waist adjusters but the thighs were too fitted for comfortable pedaling for any distance.
    If you are shooed differently than my description...these shorts are the real deal for you!

    Only shorts I wear riding

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    There's nothing worse than shorts that squeeze your thighs around the leg holes, gape at the waist, and twist around/generally look unflattering while you're riding or - more importantly - enjoying aprés. I have a smaller waist with wide hips and athletic thighs, so it's hard for me to find a good fit with bike shorts. Enter the Empire Short. They fit perfectly all around and the fabric is a perfect combination of stretch and sturdiness. I especially appreciate that they have a higher waist, which is both flattering and functional, and good pockets. The side zip pockets are good for vents on a hot ride or for slipping your phone into. Adjustable waist straps are low-profile, don't cause bunching, easy to adjust, and stay in place.
    I've been riding in these all season and they are my new favorite short - highly recommend!

    Finally!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'2"
    • Weight: 130lbs

    I ordered about 9 pairs of shorts this summer in search of the perfect MTB shorts and I finally found them! They are so comfortable and flattering. I have struggled in the past to find the right length and fit for my legs. Not too baggy but aren’t tight and don’t ride up my legs. The length was great on me but I lent them to a friend who is 6” taller than me and they worked great on her too, she loved them and is ordering a pair. Plus you can’t beat the adorable tiny goat printed by the hem! I’ll be ordering another pair- please make more colors! Also, great customer service!

    Perfect Bike Short

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Extra Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 115lbs

    These shorts are amazing! I have two pairs now and are always the first ones I pull out when getting ready for a ride. They are light and breathable, but still feel durable that if you take a spill they wont get beat up. The venting/pockets on the side and lazer-cuts on the bottom of the short make sure you don't overheat when it gets toasty on the trail. Overall, my favorite spec of the shorts are the grip dots that line the waist band -- they make sure the shorts stay in place while you are flying down the trail. As for sizing, I will say for me these shorts ran slightly large...I am almost always a size XS (which I bought), but I found that the waist here a little big. Not a total deal breaker for me since you do have the ability to tighten the waist a with the adjustable velcro tabs -- once I made the adjustment I found they fit perfectly! I highly recommend these shorts!

    My new favorite mountain bike shorts!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    Love the fit of these shorts. They are true to size, fit well and really comfortable for mountain biking. The length is perfect and the adjustable fit waist is really nice.

    YASSS

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    You guys finally got it right. I lost count of how many shorts I ordered last season and emailed my gearhead saying I hate to return but it’s like they forget we have powerful quads?? 5’7”, 165ish, and very happy with the size large cut. XL might be more comfortable with a liner for longer rides but 20ish mile days so far with the little liner they’re hunky dory and make fine normal every day shorts if you’re into that cut.

    My New Favorite Riding Shorts

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    These shorts have it all. The length is perfect. There are great pockets (who doesn't like pockets?). The fit is flattering. The fabric is a nice thickness, cool enough for summer riding. And the color, blue corral, is cute. I have nothing negative to say about these. I'll probably end up ordering another pair in black!

    Comfy !

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    These fit my curvy athletic body perfect and are so comfy! Great for long rides. I highly recommend these shorts.

    Empire Shorts blue corral

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    bought these awesome shorts with the black jersey pictured on your site. Back Country you have done your homework! Absolutely the most comfortable. Fit very well!!

    Add one more to the WIN column

    • Fit: True to size

    Been wearing these on repeat with the Backcountry full suspension jersey this spring, glad I've been mixing up my bike riding partners. The fit is fantastic. Durable, functional, super comfy and looks great. Highly recommend. Thanks Backcountry.

    Pretty stoked

    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'3"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    These shorts clearly took into consideration the eternal female mountain biker shorts problem- too big in the waist/too tight in the thighs but maybe didn't 100% nail it. I'm 5'3", 155lbs with a small waist and thick thighs, and I got a size large. (Typically a size 28 or 6 in jeans/dresses) They're still too big in the waist but fit comfortably in the thighs. I think downsizing to the medium, which is the size I had originally thought of getting, would leave things too tight in the legs. The large works as it has the adjustable band that doesn't leave things too bunched up. Thanks for making some headway here, Backcountry.

    HASHTAG BLESSED

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    It's about dang time somebody gave a crap and started listening to women who bike say they need shorts that fit their muscle!!

    My thighs have never been prouder to bring the thunder.
    Size large fits comfortably with a size 10 booty, but could probably have comfortably went up to an XL as well, and still might to accomodate for fat liners.

    A Short That Fits!!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    Okay, so when I got this shorts I had major doubts. Bike shorts are always an issue for me... nothing ever fits and they’re always huge in the waist and tight on my thighs and they NEVER look good. These shorts proved me wrong. They fit me PERFECTLY and were so comfortable to ride in all day. These are me new favorite bike shorts and I don’t say that lightly! I also love the subtle cut detail on the thigh. Well done, Backcountry!

    A Short That Fits!!!!

    Finally a Short That Fits!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I am 5’4” and have very athletic legs. I do Crossfit as well as mountain bike and snowboard so finding bottoms (especially bike shorts) that fit my thick thighs but smaller waist is typically impossible. These shorts not only fit me but are comfortable and allow me a full range of motion (which is rare!). I’m excited to spend this mountain bike season in them.

    Everything I want in a bike short!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    So I have tried a lot of different brands with varying lengths, weights, styles, etc. and these are sure to become my go-to shorts.

    FIT - I am 5'4, 123lbs with an athletic build. I have trouble finding shorts/pants that are snug enough in the waist and roomy enough in the thighs/hips. I have these in a small and the waist is a little loose when I first pull them on, BUT the hook and loop tabs allow me to cinch it in for a perfect, secure fit - no gaping space between my shorts and my lower back. I might have been able to get away with an XS because of the four-way stretch but I prefer the extra room for my quads/hips! SPEAKING of the four-way stretch: It's everything. These allow me to move freely in any direction no matter how hard I'm pushing and they don't ride up my thighs while I'm pedaling either (PET PEEVE). I can climb for miles or squat on the ground to fix my chain without feeling at all restricted.

    MATERIAL - Already covered the four way stretch, but wanted to mention the weight. These are heavy enough to feel like they'll protect my skin if I go down, but not so much that they're too hot for long summer rides. They also have build in ventilation to help with the latter.

    POCKETS - THEY HAVE POCKETS! AND they aren't bulky and unflattering against the outer thigh.

    AESTHETIC - The design is attractive and clean. The fit is flattering and the coral blue is MY FAVORITE.

    Highly recommend. As I stated I've tried lots of different brands and I tend to pick and choose what I'll wear based on weather, duration, etc. - but these seem like they'll do it all. Excited to put them to the test this season.