Dirt Baggies MTB shell with padded bibshorts

DirtBaggies is a new mountain bike shell short with included bibshorts. Created by Tim Lane, a former design engineer for Felt Bicycles, DirtBaggies first shipment just showed up in their warehouse last week and he’s open for business.

The lightweight (160g) baggy shell shorts are made of a very light nylon and does away with pockets or extra features that add weight. The black panels, visible on the tan shorts, are ballistic mesh, and the Rip Stop material throughout the rest is very breathable, too.

“My goal was to keep your legs as cool as if you were just wearing bib shorts alone,” said Lane. “The shells that come on most shorts are overbuilt for most purposes. You legs are you biggest muscles, so we want to keep them cool.”

Plenty of other nifty features on them, too…

The liner has a curved horizontal fly, making it easy (for men) to water the plants without having to yank down on the entire bib.

A softer mesh makes up most of the liner, including all of the straps and side panels. The mesh material on the legs is slick, keeping them very comfortable as you pedal. On the straps, it’s directional, which helps keep your jersey from riding up…particularly when it’s stuck between your body and a hydration pack. The straps also feature internal pockets that, while I wouldn’t recommend putting an iPhone in there (I’ve had to “warranty” one because of sweat from doing something similar), apparently one will fit.

Besides the lightweight materials, one of the key features Lane pointed out is the five loops sewn into the sides of the liner. This lets you hook the shell on them at various height to find the right fit and comfort. He also said this keeps the shell fitting loosely around the waist, helping you breathe deeply – or at least not preventing it. Because the liner is held up by the bib straps, the shorts won’t pull down on it and push or pull the chamois out of its optimum position. As for the chamois, it’s a five-hour Italian Cytech pad.

The loops on the liner are pretty big and will likely fit some other manufacturers’ shell outer shorts, and vice versa, so you can likely use either piece with some gear you already own.

Retail is $179.99 for the bibshorts and the shell is $69.99. Buy them together and get the package with free shipping anywhere in the U.S. Lane said he kept them separate rather than bundling them together in case people wanted to get both colors for the outer, only needed one inner or any other combination.


  1. Scott on

    Here we have the sporting equivalent to those jeans that looked like they were sagging, but you still wouldn’t get sent home from school because it was only a fabric illusion. I expect to see these on 98% mark down inside of six months.

  2. will on

    so they’re baggies without arguably the best feature of baggies (pockets)? And that are “lightweight” (aka wont hold up to the abuse of things like crashing)?


  3. dave on

    I like the idea of baggies that stay up without being too tight. But I wear baggies to protect me from scrapes. this shell is too light to offer protection…why not just wear bibs?

    the pricing is ridiculous. $250?

    this type of garment can sell…with a heavier shell at half the price.

  4. Justin on

    Uhhh? I have ridden my mountain bike with my bib shorts and I can honestly say it was a degraded experience over my regular riding shorts (baggy shorts with a liner). I have serious problems with those shoulder straps when I’m ripping around on a mountain bike. Sorry, this is stupid.

  5. craigsj on

    Adding to the negative comments, I suspect the overlap between riders who want baggies and riders who see the value of bib shorts to be zero. There is no possible way to see this product as making sense!

  6. Matt on

    We’d come up with this idea a while ago and wondered why no one was doing it – not sure about those baggies, but I’m into the lightweight bibs to go under other baggies. Sold.

  7. Bill on

    I have tried them and they are easily the most comfortable and practical set up I have ever worn. Perfect for super long epic days or really anytime you put your butt on your saddle. I gotta say, they are worth every penny and, honestly, the price is not much different from buying a pair of nice road bibs and putting an ill-fitting shell on top of them. The total system is definitely where it is at with these.

  8. Mindless on

    American male body image problems never cease to amuse me.


    The ONLY legitimate reason for baggies is to wear knee pads and liner with some side and back padding for DH riding.

  9. ED on

    We do a lot of long XC/trail riding in Florida – which is warm and w/ high humidity climates. Lot of MTB riders here were road shorts to keep cool – but prefer the look of baggies. There is def a market here if it performs well and is priced competively.

  10. off-roadie on

    I know people that would want something like this, even without pockets. I mean, most of the baggy shorts folks I know always have a big hydration pack anyway. The price is pretty crazy. I did the “Assos-sticker-shock-head-role” when I saw that. Also, why would you buy one bib and two baggies? Would you be planning to wear the bibs twice without washing? If so, gross.

  11. NCMTB on

    I love showing my sweet glutes to everyone on the trail rocking one size smaller white bibs so no need for these, but I guess @mindless and me are also the one’s wearing euro style man-kinis at the pool due to our lack of American body image issues and need for people to say “he must be French”. I swear that is truth.

    Comfortable and light baggies for the XC rider without forcing you into a crappy liner pad. Pretty sure that fills a market void as all my buddies buy baggies and cut out the liners for their high end bibs. Going to get a pair right now just for the legitimate reason that I fill the space between XC racer and DH/Park rider and neither gear really works for me.

  12. James on

    Whether or not the shorts are a legit innovation and will catch on like wildfire or be absolute humiliation, I’m just glad the model chose to disguise his identity with those glasses.

  13. FrenchPress on

    I’m a old roadie that does more MTB now and all I wear is bibs. I HATE baggies – anything I put in the pockets falls out, the shell is too bulky and I always feel like a plumber. I cut the liner out of 1 pair of baggies and wear bibs under it – but that’s too hot. There is a market for this – no matter how small. I think Mr. Lane is on to something. Hopefully he can get some brand traction before one of the super big guys (Fox or PI) jump on it.

  14. satisFACTORYrider on

    as “baggies” they’re not functional. as “bibs” they’re not purposeful. The price is stupid for what’s going on with it. yeah, the manscaping guy…feeling shy about his nether regions but not the northern one i guess.

  15. Topmounter on

    Finally, a “hip” solution to baggy wearers w/ heinous “Chewbacca-crack”.

    I typically ride the mountain bike in bibs (shorts, knickers or tights depending upon the temp, weather and altitude) w/ an overshort (Mammut and Go-Lite hiking shorts work better for me in the saddle than baggies).

    I only own one pair of baggies, but I still find them to be bulky and uncomfortable (not to mention expensive).

  16. satisFACTORYrider on

    hip? guess that depends on was beHolding your chewbaccarack . like somebody up top wrote, the inseam appears to short to even consider them to be proper cycling shorts for support and compression.

  17. RSPIX on

    After twenty years of MTB’ing the planet, I still do not want to be seen on the trails in only spandex…finally someone has made a bib short with attached baggy, I own a pair of these and they are my go to shorts — yes they are expensive but after an 8 hour epic in the saddle i can say my ass never felt so good. Anyone who does not have a titanium ass and does is doing epic all day rides will LOVE these shorts! worth every penny in my book….

  18. Tim Lane on

    I’ve received a number of e-mails asking for clarification: There are in fact pockets on the shell short, not cargo pockets (whose contents would flap about when laden), but slash pockets (hand pockets) on both the left and right sides.

    The shell is constructed with a rip-stop weave and has 4-way stretch, these attributes make it pretty tough. In addition to the (possibly meaningless) lab tests that the fabric goes through, we’ve been testing the shorts for about a year (one pair per tester, ridden every ride, to get maximum wear), through crashes, branches and some nightmarish bushwhacking. They’ve held up great, no pilling, no tears, you can barely tell them from new. These shells aren’t intended to be DH tough, but they don’t get holes in them the first time you sit on a rock for lunch as spandex can.

    Tougher, warmer, brighter, snazzier, fluffier variants are all being considered for future variants, but for 95% of riding here in SoCal, I think this is as good as it gets.

    A big thank you to all the supporters of this concept. To the haters, I’m sorry that this offends you so deeply, I’m sure that with time you’ll be able to suppress DirtBaggies from your thoughts, and I’ll work out a way to break it to my son that he’s going to inherit socially intolerable chest hair.

  19. W-W on

    Hi all. Given the back and forth and churn over these, I thought a first hand customer experience might be useful. I bought a pair (bibs and shell), and have to say I am really pleased. Yes, they are expensive, but my take are a few rides now is they are worth it. High level of comfort. Mesh panels were very effective. Quality construction. Have not crashed — yet — so cannot speak to that aspect of durability.

    Full disclosure: I mix it up with baggies and lycra; road and mtb — we’re bicyclists after all should we go both ways 😉 . I do endurance races, and spend long time/distances in saddle. genuine customer. Not asked or comp’d to post.


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