Fox Baseline Shorts 2012
By eliminating all but the most core features of a trail short, Fox developed the budget friendly Fox Baseline Short into a simplistic mixture of utility, sturdiness and style.
I've owned my first pair of these since 2005-6, and from '10-'13 I was completely laid up from a back injury/surgery gone wrong, ballooning up from 34-36" waist and 200lbs, to 40" waist and 240lbs. When I was finally given the go-ahead to get back on my bike a few months ago, I couldn't believe it when I was able to pull these things on. Not only that, but they were as comfortable as the day I bought 'em despite being around 8 years old, and having been washed 2-3 times/week for five years straight. Having only one pair of shorts that fit my current girth, I had to go out and buy others. Since TLD has no love for us fat people (biggest waist size is 38), Fox was my only choice, as most shorts come in 40, and some up to 44. I must've bought a pair of all their current designs. Ranger, Sgt, and two or three others I can't remember the names of, and damn-near all of them have those internal 'adjustment straps' which I find uncomfortable due to the velcro acting like sandpaper up against my skin(easily remedied however by just cutting them out). I mention this because after all this time, these Baseline shorts are STILL the most comfortable riding shorts I've ever owned. The inner liner is still in great shape, and the chamois/padding is as well. After hundreds of sweat cycles and washes, one pocket zipper gave up the ghost somewhere along the line, and the legs aren't as long as some of the newer styles(they don't go below the knees on me, but being one who DETESTS 'short' shorts, I can say they're still 'board-short' length). I sadly tore a nice sized gash in the rear last weekend due to catching the area on the seat during an uncontrolled, spastic ejection event, but put 'em in the wash and was gonna take 'em to the cleaners to see if he can sew 'em up until I stumbled on this set right here. I bought the new set, but also decided that I'm gonna see if my old ones can be fixed. They're THAT good.
I have a few different pairs of mountain biking shorts and these are by far my favorite. They are very comfortable and are made of good material. The part I love the most is they fit just right so I'm not catching my shorts on the front of my seat when I go back and forth on the down hill sections. All of my other shorts are the same size but I always catch the seat with them.
Nice, light material that dries very quick. They're comfortable and the seat pad is great, but I find the legs short in them (I'm 6'4").