Let me introduce you to the Race Face Khyber shorts.
Per the Race Face website: "The little black dress of downhill! Hard-wearing and great looking, Tweedster fabric has a textured outer face for style but takes a beating and shrugs off water thanks to the DWR treatment and waterproof membrane.
Certainly the burliest women’s short in the Race Face collection, the Khyber Short is recommended for aggressive riding when extra abrasion resistance and durability is preferred.
Mesh thigh venting enhances air flow. Assymetrical exposed zips and snap closure pocket flaps add style. Inseam is 36cm (14”), below knee, with hem openings large enough to accommodate Race Face pads."
- Zippered front fly with dual snap closure and Velcro reinforcement.
- Branded grab tab.
- Asymmetrical zippered hand pockets.
- Zippered cargo and back pockets.
- Raised back panel for additional coverage while in riding position.
- Inner waistband adjustment system.
- Soft brushed inner waistband.
- Mesh lined, zippered thigh vents.
- Branded zipper pullers throughout for ease of use with gloves.
- Double reinforced seams throughout.
Then they say these shorts are hard-wearing they are not kidding! If you mountain bike in areas that are very rocky or perhaps DH- these shorts can take a beating. Extremely durable, it will take more than a tip-over to do damage to them, that's for sure.
The first time I wore these shorts out I got wicked hot. I had unzipped the vents but still felt that I had restricted air flow. I came to the realization that for really warm days- these would not be my go-to short. Days where it's cooler or perhaps rainy these shorts will be an excellent choice based on the fact that they have had a DWR treatment and boast a waterproof membrane.
These shorts will be my go-to for fall riding, that's for sure!
Pockets galore! I loved that they had ways of staying closed such as snap buttons & zippers. Pockets without closure or just velcro typically go unused. I never trust they will keep items in check.
I really liked the raised back panel feature of the shorts. It helps eliminate crack attack and assures you that you will be fully covered. The waist band is comfortable, not restrictive in a negative manner- nothing felt pinched or cut off.
Another feature is that the waist band is adjustable! Two tabs on either side customize your fit. The back panel is amazingly soft against the skin, which is a nice feature, especially with how mobile on the bike you can be.
If you're looking for a pair of mountain bike shorts that can take a beating, resist water, and look awesome- then you've found them with the Khyber shorts!
If you are not local to Decorah and wish to purchase these shorts, check them out on