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REI Shorts Shorts

4.09/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $35.00

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REI Shorts

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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kristina a Weekend Warrior from Fairfax, VA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2002

Strengths:    Durable, good fit, they don't snag on the saddle. Big, deep cargo pockets to hold my keys and power bar.

Weaknesses:    The belt doesn't unhook-I've got big hips and its a pain trying to get these things over them. Even if the belt was stretchy, it would be perfect.

Bottom Line:   
Very comfortable and durable baggy shorts. They still look new even after being covered in mud and washed many times. The liner is good quality and the outer layer is slippery enough that it doesn't catch on my saddle when I slide off for downhills. The chamois felt a little diaperish at first but I've gotten used to it. A product that is definitely well worth the price. I usually get them on sale but they are still worth it at full price.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   REI.com

Similar Products Used:   Zoic

Bike Setup:   02.5 Hollowpoint, Easton SL, Raceface Deus stem, Wylder Callisto saddle, the rest is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gene a Weekend Warrior from Newport News, VA

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

Strengths:    Durable, comfortable

Weaknesses:    none that I have noticed

Bottom Line:   
I bought these while learning to ride on the trails. Spent more than my share of time on the ground, on logs, on stumps, banging into trees, etc. No problems with the shorts. I like the zip cargo pockets (I keep an ID in them so someone can easily identify my body if they ever have to haul me away). If I ever wear them out, I will get another pair. I do not work for REI, but used to buy from them back in the 1960s.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Terra, pretty much stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David Fambrough a Cross Country Rider from Plano, TX

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2002

Strengths:    Got these baggies when I first started mtb. again. Good, basic baggie. Durable.

Weaknesses:    Liner feels like you're wearing a loose diaper (but that's true of a lot of baggies). Drawstring waist tie. Kinda heavy when riding in the summer.

Bottom Line:   
They taken plenty of trail abuse and still look almost new. So, I've gotten my money's worth.

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Favorite Trail:   Johnsons Branch State Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Nema and various Lycra biking shorts.

Bike Setup:   GT i-Drive

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick a Cross Country Rider from backwoods Oregon

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2002

Strengths:    Tough outer shell, nice swede leather type pading.

Weaknesses:    Too hot but not a problem in my part of Oregon

Bottom Line:   
How can I give these shorts a bad review I've had them scence 98'! And there still looking good. REI is over priced on everthing. Still good baggies though. Plus you actually get to try them on. Later,

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Favorite Trail:   ones in Colradio

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   All kinds of baggies

Bike Setup:   Monngoose amp 2

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Lynne Christiansen a Cross-Country Rider from Cupertino, CA

Date Reviewed: September 2, 1999

Durable! cool. comfy.

none yet

Bottom Line:   
Took out my hip on a left turn - but the rocky fire road was no match for my REI Activo shorts! They saved me some skin & a lot of scrubbing!!

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Favorite Trail:   

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Pearl Izumi

Bike Setup:   
Trek 6500
Rockshox Indy C

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Disgusted a weekend warrior from CA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 1998

Bottom Line:   

Does anyone else from REI want to leave a rave review on these shorts? Don't forget to remind everyone that REI is a co-op and all the good things that membership brings... But I need 50 words so let me add that I don't shop at REI anymore cause they're way overpriced and that's how they can give you their stupid friggin sales where you can actually get stuff at just the normal ass reaming cost.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Lowe a racer from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: May 12, 1997

Bottom Line:   

Cheaper than Pearl or Assos and mine have lasted just as long. They're actually made by Bellwether. The material is heavier than that found in Pearl's shorts which I like (though that would probably change if I still lived in Phoenix). The bib suspenders don't go up to high in front like some I've tried.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by REI Employee a racer from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: April 1, 1997

Bottom Line:   

These shorts are the best and I'm not just saying that because I work at REI.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Bob Racer a cross-country rider from Boise,Id

Date Reviewed: March 17, 1997

Bottom Line:   

I wish the employees of REI would stop writing advertisments for their products in the review section. how tacky!!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Shawn Rockett a downhiller from Florala ,florida

Date Reviewed: March 8, 1997

Bottom Line:   

The short are very comfortable and stylish;but I have found that it is quite pleasureable to go riding with no shorts at all.Althogh this does give the saddle a very skanky smell, the looks I get from young lads more than makes up fore it. I needed to cover my saddle with a latex glove to keep the kevlar patches from falling off. Overall, I give riding naked one (thumb) up. I hope I will eventually see more bare bottoms on the trails.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Lee a weekend warrior from California, USA

Date Reviewed: August 5, 1996

Bottom Line:   

REI/Novara Touring Shorts, bought in 1995 and 1996.


Comfortable. Pad sewn into the inner liner is not too
thick / bulky / stiff.
Casual look. Good for situations where you may not want the lycra
tight look before, during, or after the ride (well, it is supposed to be
for touring).
Has side pockets that zip closed to keep your stuff from falling out.
Not that expensive as far as cycling shorts go.


This is an REI house brand item, so it can only be found in REI stores.

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