Dirt Craft Bike Short
The snow is gone, the sun is out, and that dirt is tacky. The Patagonia Women's Dirt Craft Bike Short helps you make the most out of ideal conditions with a comfortable, supportive liner that's easy on the bum while you bunny hop over obstacles and breathable enough for those uphill grinders. The outer short is constructed from a stretchy nylon weave with a slim fit, so it moves as you move, keeping your focus on the trail before you. It's treated with a durable waterproof finish that keeps any flecks of mud or rain at bay, and comfortable enough to wear alone as a hiking short if you pack it on a desert trip.
- Technical shorts for trail rides on your mountain bike
- Padded liner provides comfort and support while you ride
- Stretchy outer short offers breathable mobility
- Pocket options for energy gels, snacks, keys, and ID
- Reflective logos offer visibility during a twilight ride
- Slim fit means there's nothing between you and a good day
- Item #PAT02AC
What do you think about this product?
February 24, 2020
Decent fit, breathable fabric
Pros: Lightweight for summer riding. Someone said they were too hot. I found them perfect for April in Moab. I am a curvy size 10-12. Got these in a 12, and the hips can be a little tight (pockets poof out ) if I am a bit heavier than normal, but I like the adjustable waist and they look good when wearing them. -Chamois was comfortable and a bit more cushy than some liners. On hotter days, may use thinner chamois. Side material of chamois short was breathable & waistband comfortable. Cons: Ripped them 3 months into ownership doing short butt scoot over a rock I was snacking on here in VT. Fabric is durable to lighter abrasions, but thinner than some shorts I've owned, but didn't expect them to rip that easy. Cons: I bought these when in UT at the Backcountry HQ. I had wanted the closeout pair from Steep and Cheap. I understand your policies, but it just blows my mind (But I come from small outdoor retail world) that one cannot buy something there from Steep and Cheap, when it is physically present even when shipping is offered to be paid. I didn't order it before my trip because I had hoped to try things on at the Backcountry Store and purchase there. Had I realized... Was forced to buy the newer short for more money in the color I didn't want, and now they are ripped. Otherwise, I do like this short and I'll repair the tear, but was hoping for a little better all around experience for the price (think I paid about $90)..
August 22, 2019
Love these shorts!!!
If you are a slim petite person you will love these shorts!! I have purchased dozens of women’s mountain biking shorts and they swam on me. I am 5’3 and 105 lbs- I typically wear a 0/00 or xxs. I would have loved the length 1-2 inches shorter but these are the best shorts I have found. They are slim and flattering. They are also super comfy when riding.
June 1, 2019
Good bike shorts
I sized up to a 12 based on reviews and I'm glad I did, usually a 10 in shorts on Patagonia. These worked awesome for a long bike ride, although I've never used padded bike shorts before, but seemed to help comfort wise for long bike ride. I've been wearing them a lot without the pads. Would definitely purchase again!
May 15, 2019
I am usually a size XS/25 in Patagonia pants- and had to size up twice and get these in a size 6! After finding my correct size, I do enjoy them. A small zippered pocket on the side fits my phone. I was looking for shorts that included a chammy, and these fit the bill. Hoping they live up to the Patagonia quality I have seen in other products!
April 25, 2019
Not a flattering or practical fit
I agree that the fit is weird, frumpy and unflattering but it's also not that practical because it's a little baggy and heavy to wear when you're out working up a sweat in the summer. The liner fits awkwardly too. Until Patagonia has a chance to refine its bike-wear, I'd go with a more cycling oriented company for good shorts.
March 25, 2019
Definitely Runs Small...
I have another pair of Patagonia Bike shorts in a size MEDIUM, from last year that still fit this season - but these I ordered a 6 first my normal size...too small....couldnt even button them! I ordered an 8 next, fit - but TIGHT and not that comfertable, so now on to the 10....shipping now. I don't know performance wise how they are but sizing seems off. I tried on my Medium patagonia dirt crafts from last year and they still fit too - so it isnt me ;)
March 29, 2019
Thanks for the review, Elizabeth. Fingers crossed that 3rd time is the charm!
September 21, 2018
These are amazing shorts they look good feel good but run very very small I think they are for more of a straight body type. I am curvy 5'7 165lbs and got a size 12 which is a size up for me and they were so tight through the hips and thighs they had to go back this is always true for me with Patagonia pants so I should not have been surprised but I really wished they fit they are so great.
September 26, 2018
Thank you for your contribution to our community! Sorry these did not work out for you.
September 3, 2018
Chamois and Shorts!
I was in need of a new pair of chamois and bought these because you got both. I've worn the chamois with other shorts and the are comfortable and the padding is just the right amount. The shorts are cute and and durable.
July 15, 2018
Frumpy and unflattering
I ordered these right before a mtb trip and unfortunately didn’t have time to return these/order a different pair when these arrived so I’m stuck with these. I ordered a medium because I wear a medium in most running shorts. These run very wide in the waist. Also the legs are too wide, and are very unflattering. I wish I had ordered two pairs so I could have returned these before a mtb trip. Not worth the sale price.
May 5, 2018
Comfortable and sturdy.
I'd tried several other shorts and none fit. Finally, I tried these and I'm so glad I did. The inseam comes up to where it should-no gap in the back when I'm riding and they stay in place. The material is sturdy and so far has stood up to one fall that left me scratched and bruised, but the shorts were fine. The chamois was comfortable with no uncomfortable seams. The material breathed well in the heat. If they weren't so expensive I'd buy another pair.
April 30, 2018
Love these shorts!
I love nearly everything about these shorts! I am 5'9", 160 lbs and have big legs. I struggle to find MTB shorts that are comfortable and don't look/feel too tight. These fit the bill - they are comfy on my legs, the chamois is amazing, and feel durable. My only complaint - they fit a bit large around the waist (they are very high waisted, even on me, a tall woman) and the system to cinch down feels outdated. It is a few little buttons on the inside of the shorts and they don't stay put very well. I wish they had put the cinch system on the outside of the short. For women with smaller frames/skinnier/leaner legs, these will probably run big. They DO flare at the bottom a little bit, but I just didn't care because they were comfortable. Used them in Moab just this last weekend and loved them. Would recommend, even with the little quirks.
March 24, 2018
I got both these and the older version, and these fit so much better! I like having the micro-adjusters on the sides, and the length is perfect. The included chamois is pretty big, but I thought it was comfortable.
August 25, 2018
Losaunne, do they fit slimmer than the older version? I have an older version from 2017, I believe, and find them a little baggy.
March 24, 2018
These shorts were extremely comfortable and seemed durable, but the fit was a little weird. They seemed to flare out at the bottom, so I returned them and got the newer version, which fits MUCH better!
July 10, 2017
Pretty close to perfect
I have just got into biking the past few years and have pretty much hated trying to find clothes to ride in. I'm not built like your typical buff biker chic, so I always felt like I was swimming in bike shorts--and had yet to find something that was actually comfortable. I was able to snag these for a killer price at an outlet sale, and I've been wearing them several times a week since! The chamois is soooooooooooo comfortable. Seriously--it fits perfect. The wide waistband stays in place and doesn't dig in. It's fitted in all the right places without being too tight, and super cushy for hours in the saddle. I am usually dying to get out of my shorts after a ride, but I've had no problem keeping these on for dinner and the car ride home. The chamois is so good, I really wish Patagonia would consider selling it separately. I'd give the shorts themselves 4 stars--they are almost a 5, but I think Patagonia could make a few changes to get that extra star. The material is perfect--super cool, comfortable, quick drying. I really have washed them a million times and they still look great. BUT: the look is a bit frumpy--I think they could be just a little more fitted on the leg--not tight--they just need some more shape to them. And hey Patagonia--WHY DO THE GUYS GET A ZIPPER POCKET?! (That's me yelling for equality ;) The front pockets are extra deep and fit my phone, but when I'm flying down the mountain I want to make sure it stays secure--give us a zipper too!
April 24, 2017
Crafted For Comfort.
Reader's Digest Version: You'd think that a company like Patagonia, with climbing-specific roots, would struggle with the fit and design of a bike short. But they most certainly do not (struggle, that is)! The Dirt Craft touts a full-coverage, comfortable fit that you can depend on right off the bat. Non-Reader's Digest Version: I've had a love-hate relationship with bike clothing for the longest time, especially with liners. Usually the chamois never fits me - at all. And I get it, I don't have the kind of body type that's in-line with most bike-specific fits. But, to say the least, it's been a very uncomfortable experience in the long run. Bibs are fine-ish. So to say the least I was super skeptical when I bought these. At any rate, I sort of expected that the Dirt Craft would be a miss and that I'd be returning these... And I was so wrong! So, yes, the Dirt Craft does have a high rise, but I personally like that. Also, I have a short waist so everything is high rise on me. However, the manner in which the Dirt Craft is high rise doesn't lead to uncomfortable pinching or weird bulging. There's something about the liner's waist band that discourages that "lower-ab-pressure" which in turn promotes a really great fit and feel. I bought an XS and the liner fits comparable to an XS in the Capilene line. 1. Okay so, as Sverre noted, the chamois is SO INSANELY COMFORTABLE. Yes, that statement is deserving of all caps. It seems to have better contouring and coverage than other chamois I've used. 2. Liner fabric. It's soft, quick-drying and unreal how comfy it is. Also, the mesh inserts are supreme and provide subtle, yet substantial ventilation. 3. The 3-in-1 versatility. This design feature really appeals to me. I love the fact that I can wear the Dirt Craft together or separately. That being said, I wouldn't wear the liner on its lonesome - simply because of the showy mesh inserts. 4. The shorts. I can move and groove and do pretty much everything and anything in them. Patagonia has been creating movement-centric clothing for a long time, so I'd like to think they know a thing or two about designing shorts that are built for mobility. My only wish is that the waist (on the shorts) had one of Patagonia's Oppo-Set adjuster, or like, had a built-in belt. Other than that, I love love love love the Dirt Craft.
June 16, 2016
Not Patagonia's best product
The shorts have a great fit through the hips, but they flair around the leg and they are very high waisted. I sent mine back.
June 5, 2016
WOW! Extreme comfort
I just need to get this off my chest, I feel like a total d-bag for ordering $150 Patagonia cycling shorts. I fully expected to try them on and return them immediately, but these shorts are magical. So here's the great stuff: 1) No. Muffin. Top. Hallelujah! I'd converted my cycling wardrobe entirely to bib shorts because I hadn't been able to find a chamois that doesn't make my belly bulge. Major breakthrough :-) 2) Extraordinarily comfy chamois. Of course everyone will experience this differently. Out of the box I used these shorts on a strenuous 2-day bike tour. I have never been so comfortable on my bike. I typically wear Castelli bibs that I thought were really comfy, but this Patagonia chamois blew them out of the water. The Patagonia chamois has deep contouring that fits my anatomy well. This seems to eliminate any extra chamois fabric that can bunch up on a long ride and irritate my hoo-ha. 3) Overshorts have a solid waistband. Often I find baggies are too stretchy and work their way down my butt as I'm riding. Really frustrating when you're on and off your seat, catching the crotch of the shorts on your saddle. These shorts stay put, and even have belt loops if you're so inclined. The things Patagonia can do better on the next iterations: 1) These shorts look more frumpy than other mtb overshorts (like Yeti, Pearl Izumi, Shredly). They're baggy, straight cut shorts with no shape whatsoever. They actually fit very similarly to the Patagonia Baggies (although the sizing is different). Patagonia could work on the styling of the shorts just a bit. 2) Talk about boring colors. I'm glad they're not going all periwinkle on us, but these shorts would be awesome in a bright Hawaiian print. My sizing: I have a 28" natural waist and 37" hips, the Small fit well. FYI, I have a long torso so shorts that are supposed to hit women at their natural waist normally grab me right in my lovehandles. Didn't make a difference with these shorts.
May 31, 2016
I gave these as a gift to my Mom and she loves them. She says they're very comfortable and they have a lot of great features. But, they do run a little big. Though, that could be good depending upon if you're wearing them over a padded liner.