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Summer and winter are mid-fight as temperatures swing more than a gothic teenager’s mood. Mornings are frigid until the sun warms up and gives way to cold winds as winter’s cold grasp comes in for another punch. We love riding in pants and while we miss summer, it’s one of the best parts of the cooler temperatures. Mountain bike trail pants have come a long way and we’re happy to put together a list of our great suggestions for riders looking for everything from light, breathable all-season pants to pants that will hold up to shuttle laps in the snow.

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MSRP: $75

When the weather takes a turn for the worse we make sure not to miss a ride by slipping on the Slickrock Pant. We built these with lightweight weather protection and just enough warmth to keep us moving through the shoulder seasons.

  • Reliably mobile and warm biking pants ready for cold rides
  • 4-way stretch fabric wicks moisture while keeping you moving
  • DWR treatment causes light precipitation to bead up on surface
  • Thigh vents help you dump excess heat when the sun starts to pop
  • Zippered ankle lets you slip these on over your bike shoes
  • Reflective details boost visibility around dawn and dusk
  • Silicone gripper hem and articulation ensures reliable coverage

MSRP: $200

Pearl Izumi’s warmest pant, the Summit AmFib, keeps us warm through the doldrums of winter, whether we’re commuting by fat bike or out for that very last trail ride of the year. The Summit AmFib employs Pearl’s own Elite AmFib Softshell, with a fleecy backing, to insulate against the chill and provide a water resistant outer. This stretchy fabric gives us a wide range of motion for our pedaling pursuits, while the tapered ankle keeps out of the way of our crankset.

  • Pearl Izumi’s warmest pant for winter pursuits
  • Elite AmFib fabric is warm, water resistant and wind proof
  • Regular fit with adjustable waist is comfortable all day and over layers
  • Two zippered pockets keep phone and snacks within reach

MSRP: $150

Whether the trail report calls for brambles or fall days are upon us, the Pearl Izumi Launch Trail Pant keeps us protected during singletrack rides. The lightweight fabric breathes well and dries quickly, so we can stay comfortable between the climb up and the shred back down the trails. The fit allows for wearing a chamois liner short and knee pads when desired, and the tapered leg keeps the hem well out of way of the chain.

  • A versatile pant for shoulder season riding
  • Fast-drying fabric keeps you cool and dry
  • Comfortable cut allows for liner short or knee pads

MSRP: $135

Railing ruts and running berms in the Trail Pant is what we live for on the mountain. Durable and water repellant, this race-cut pant is designed for our fastest days in the park but leave room for pads and guards if they turn into sloppy out-of-control days. With a world cup winning pedigree, the trail pants are built for speed, but won’t break apart if we start breaking loose.

  • Performance pant for bike park days or trail riding
  • Strong and durable fabric takes miles of abuse
  • Pant leaves room to wear pads and guards underneath
  • Zippered pockets keep your valuables secured
  • Relaxed fit and tapered leg provides all-day comfort

MSRP: $199.95

Even if conditions are less than ideal we’re throwing on our Fox Racing Defend Fire Pants and getting ready to rip just like it’s summer. With stretchy ripstop construction, a warm fleece lining, and a Durable Water Repellent finish, we have no problem sending it down snow-laced trails long after our buddies have hung up their bikes for the season.

  • Snow and mud resistant pants are ready for adventure in the “off-season”
  • Abrasion-resistant Cordura fabric lines the knees
  • Ripstop fabric throughout resists abrasion and tears
  • Durable water repellant finish sheds mud and moisture for a dry ride
  • Fleece inner lining is warm and soft to the touch
  • Slim fit keeps fabric away from the drivetrain and moving parts

MSRP: $140

FIT: Regular Fit with an Aggressive Taper

Let’s start with the fact that the Flexair Pant is Fox Racing’s solution to our need for a versatile pant that can be as much of a workhorse as a speedy companion. They’re designed with a super-light construction thanks to TruMotion all-way stretch fabrics, and that means we’re seeing increased mobility like no other. TruDri fabrics wick moisture away from the body to keep us dry, so we can carry on huffing and puffing up those gnarly climbs without overheating. Body-mapped laser perforations on the front and back are designed to keep us cool no matter where we’re riding, and we are a big fan of the tapered leg design that reduces the risk of snags.

  • Mountain bike-specific pants for keeping cool and comfortable
  • A tapered leg design and regular fit reduces risks of snags
  • Two secure hand zippered pockets make room for essentials
  • DWR finish sheds moisture, dirt, and debris on trail
  • Body-mapping laser perforation on the front and back offer ventilation
  • TruMotion all-way stretch fabric increases range of mobility
  • TruDri fabrics move moisture away from the body to keep us dry

MSRP: $109

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Pants With 20 years of experience crafting the best race pants, TLD has taken that knowledge to create a MTB trail pant that is perfect for rides that might have a bit more bushwhacking, cooler temps or shuttle days. Laser cut venting behind the knee give you ventilation in a critical area, room for knee pads or not and based off our best selling Skyline shorts with 2 zipper pockets and dual waist adjusters to dial in your fit throughout the day.

  • Laser cut ventilation behind the knee
  • Chain abrasion protection through sonic welded thermo skin applied to the lower right inside ankle
  • Ride Fit – Traditional waist, relaxed cut with versatile construction
  • 95% Coolmax Polyester/5% Lycra Bluesign certified approved fabric with warp & weft stretch material for excellent movement
  • Woven open mesh throughout front of short allows superior airflow while maintaining abrasion resistance
  • Single TLD low profile snap button with Velcro backing ensures solid closure without added bulk
  • Slim TLD embossed Velcro waist adjusters provide snug, on-the-fly fit adjustments
  • Inner waistband silicone grip keeps shorts from slipping down

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R-CORE X MSRP: $149-$159

The R-CORE X Limited Edition Pants from 100% improves on the R-Core collection to make for lightweight, durable pants that can tackle downhill and enduro riding. The R-Core X is constructed with 4-way stretch materials for maximum freedom of movement, and they’re DWR treated to help battle the elements.

The Hydromatic collection of outerwear incorporates key features to battle tough riding conditions with a lightweight, aerodynamic fit. Stay warm and dry without sacrificing style and comfort.


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