At Femme Cyclist, we’ve taken polls of our community several times on favorite mountain bike shorts. Shredly always comes out the winner.
Why? It’s a woman-owned company that makes shorts that are fashion-forward, have high-quality construction, and that actually fit regardless of your size or shape.
If you haven’t tried a pair of Shredly shorts yet, you’re missing out. In this review, I share the different options Shredly offers. (Including my personal favorite, the Shredly CURVY, with it’s insanely comfortable yoga style waistband).
Review In A Nutshell
- 2 Length Options, 2 Waistband/Fit Options
- Made in the USA
- Comes in a wide range of sizes (not S,M,L!!)
- Thigh vents
- No zippered pocket
Shredly Video Review
Two Different Waistband/Fit Options
Shredly offers their mountain bike shorts in two different waistband/fit options. There is the original short which closes via zipper/snaps and the CURVY short which has a yoga-style waistband and a looser fit in the thighs.
When I first heard about the Shredly CURVY short, I just assumed it was made for “plus-sized” ladies, but that’s not the case at all. The CURVY comes in a wide variety of sizes from 2 to 20.
The CURVY simply uses a different type of waistband (a nice wide yoga pant style band), and a wider fit thru the hips and thighs. It works well for “curvy” women of any size (myself included) who struggle with finding shorts wide enough for their hips and bum, but narrow enough for their waist.
With the yoga band waist, you don’t have to worry about muffin-top, plumbers crack, or any fly-related disasters. In my opinion, all mountain bike shorts should be made with a yoga waistband!
Most women who mountain bike also have more muscular thighs, which is why I’ve never understood why most mountain bike shorts are cut more narrow. The CURVY isn’t cut excessively wide, but it does provide plenty of room for more muscular quads.
If you do have a straighter, narrower body, or if you simply prefer a traditional zippered waist closure, then the original Shredly shorts will work well for you. This waist closes via (very fashionable) snaps, a zipper, and internal waist adjustment. You can cinch up the waist (or let it out) via buttons and stretchy nylon. If you have kids, this is a lot like the waist adjusters in kids pants.
Short Or Long: Pick Your Poison
Both the CURVY and original shorts are offered in a traditional short length and a LONG version. The regular short falls just above the knee and the long falls just below the knee. The inseam length varies by size (i.e. gets longer in larger sizes).
The regular short is already pretty long (it’s not a short short like the Club Ride Eden), but the LONG provides even more protection. It’s a good choice for using with knee pads for downhill days or for colder fall/spring riding.
Lots Of Different Prints/Designs
Shredly really made a name for themselves by leaving the boring black bke short behind and creating colorful and fun baggies for women instead. While you’ll see lots of brands following their lead today, Shredly was definitely the first.
They still have one of the largest (and loudest) selection of designs. While I do know a few ladies that choose the more demure Shredly shorts (yes, they do offer a black short too), far more of my friends hoard the Shredly prints like their collector items.
Black might be great for a cocktail dress, but hte trail is the one place that it’s okay for women to be loud, silly, and a little crazy–and Shredly reflects that vibe.
Zippered Thigh Vents Help On Hot Days
Need some extra airflow? No problem,
Simply unzip the thigh vents. Inside, the mesh fabric will let in plenty of airflow.
I found this worked really well on 80+ degree days when I started feeling a little sweaty. The fabric on the Shredly shorts isn’t quite as breathable as some other shorts I’ve reviewed, so there were times I felt a bit hot. Still, once I opened the vents, I cooled off quickly.
Made In The USA
When I’ve reviewed other bike shorts in the past, I’ve always received a few “but they’re not made in the USA” emails in response. If you’re a buy in the US kinda gal, you’ll love Shredly.
Hand And Side Pocket (But No Zippered Pocket)
The Shredly shorts offer generous hand pockets up front as well as a cargo-style button-close pocket on the side. This pocket was large enough that it was easy to stash a couple of bars in.
The only complaint that I had that there were no zippered pockets. I personally appreciate a zippered pocket to stash a lift ticket and the bike park or my ID and credit card.
Wide Range Of Sizes Fit True To Size
One of my favorite things about Shredly is that they offer their shorts in regular pant sizes. That means if you normally wear a size 8, simply order a size 8 in the Shredly shorts.
I get really stressed looking out most brands S, M, L size charts trying to guess where I might fit and whether or not the shorts run true to size. It’s a lot more work for a company to offer all those sizes rather than 3 or 4, but we greatly appreciate it.
The sizes run from size 0 to size 24 (!!!!) depending on the short. I don’t know any other company that offers that many sizes, and we love that they are so size inclusive.
Don’t Come With A Chamois Liner
The Shredly shorts are sold as baggies without a chamois liner. This means that you’ll need to buy a liner seperately (assuming you like a chamois).
I have yet to test out the Shredly chamois (though have heard good things). You can also test out our list of the best women’s mountain bike chamois if you are looking for one.
Bottom-Line: Fun, Colorful, and Well-Fitting Mountain Bike Shorts
Shredly doesn’t make the trade-off between form and function; they manage to excel in both categories. Their shorts come in the funnest designs and prints out there, and yet offer a wide range of sizes and cuts to fit all body types.
Other Mountain Bike Short Options
Want more mountain bike short options? Check out our list of the best women’s mountain bike shorts and what you should look for when choosing.