It’s hard finding trail riding gear that flatters the female form, and I’m always on the lookout for new brands that “get it.” Over the Christmas holiday, Jason and I met up with Sue and Bill from Ashland Mountain Adventures for a fun weekend of riding in San Luis Obispo. Sue was wearing a really nice looking (and fitting) pair of white and black patterned MTB shorts with a basic v-neck jersey. It looked well put together and quite stylish. Being the fashionista that I am, I had to know more about what she was wearing.
That is when I first discovered Shredly – a women’s outdoor apparel company located in Carbondale, Colorado.
After spending time on the Shredly website, I was impressed with the 3 different MTB shorts options along with 17 patterns to choose from. There is something for every female body type and personal style. Sadly, this seems to be a rarity amongst women’s MTB clothing.
I am a tall thin woman (5’9″ 125lbs) and am very specific about the fit, length and style of a mountain bike short. I’ve gone so far to purchase MTB shorts from a vendor in Germany (Maloja) because I really am that picky. I prefer a slim fitting feminine short that hits right above my knees. Baggies are not a good look, especially on thin women— we’re not men, and we shouldn’t be asked to dress like them. After reviewing the three Shredly MTB shorts options, I went with the DH Knicker in Bliss. I love the color pink and the Bliss pattern was one of the more feminine ones. Lucky for me, Shredly was nice enough to send a few options for me to try out!
The DH knicker in a size 2 ended up being the perfect fit for me (I vary between a 26 & 27 pant size). It boasts waist adjuster tabs, invisible thigh vents, is slim fitting, with quick-dry, lightweight and durable fabric. (that offers the perfect amount of stretch ) The DH Knicker is also a longer length that fits well with knee pads and has two side pockets as well as a cargo pocket. I really like the jeweled buttons, nice attention to detail. The Shredly tag line, “women’s downhill shorts have never been graced with so much style” rings very true. These are well worth the $95 retail price.
The Shredly shorts do not come with a chamois, you will need to purchase them separately. And quite honestly, I prefer that option. There have been a number of times that I’ve purchased a size small short that came with a chamois that was too small – even though the short fit me just fine.
At $40, the Shredly YogaCham chamois is quite a steal. This is one of the more comfortable chamois I own. I sized up to a 4, the size 2 was just a little too snug. The chamois features:
- 8-panel articulated design
- Anti-microbial pad designed to provide breathable comfort even on longer rides
- Low-rise, thick elastic waistband that doesn’t cut into places it shouldn’t
- Leg cuff that keeps things where they’re supposed to be offering breathable, comfortable stability
- Loop and tether system integrates liner with the shell shorts perfectly
To complete my look, I opted for the basic Shredly Black Hole jersey in a size small. It’s a simple, flattering jersey that has some gathering at the neckline for a subtle flair. Made from a knit fabric, it breathes well, wicks moisture, and dries incredibly fast. I adore this jersey— it’s a great basic jersey that goes well with all of Shredly’s patterned shorts.
I am looking forward to owning a few more pairs of the DH Knicker. I also really like the Elvira and Mama patterns.
Click here for more information on Shredly.
Get the look:
- Giro Xara Helmet
- GForm Knee Pads
- Troy Lee Designs Youth Gloves
- Specialized Women’s SPD MTB Shoes
- Santa Cruz Bicycles Blur TRc