Why wear mountain bike pants instead of shorts? Most of the time, a pair of mountain bike shorts is the right apparel choice. If you're planning to ride through the winter, or ride somewhere with wet and soggy weather, having a pair of mountain bike pants in your cycling wardrobe is a must.

Mountain bike pants range from insulated to maintain your body temperature when riding in the cold, to water-resistant to shield you from rain and tire spray, to armored to protect you from cuts and scrapes when riding laps in the bike park. We've rounded up some of the best action slacks for every type of mountain biking.

The Best Mountain Bike Pants

Fox Flexair MTB Pants

Mountain Bike Pants: Fox Flexair MTB Pants

Fox makes a massive range of mountain bike pants. The Fox Flexair MTB Pants are our pick for all-around riding. They're lightweight, durable, and have a tapered fit. The moisture-wicking fabric transfers heat as well as perspiration, so they climb as well as they descend. The Fox Flexair MTB Pants feature two zippered hand pockets and an adjustable waistband.

Price: $139.99

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Alpinestars Techstar Pants

Alpinestars Techstar Pants: Alpinestars Techstar Pant

The Alpinestars Techstar Pants are built with downhill and park riding in mind. These pants feature heavy-duty polyester fabric reinforcements on and knees and seat in case you take a tumble. The cut is slim with enough room to knee pads and hip armor. To improve ventilation, these pants have laser-cut perforations along the inner thighs and knees to keep you cool.

Price: $159.95

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Fasthouse Fastline 2 Pants

The FastHouse Fastline 2 MTB Pants will be right at home in the bike park. They're constructed of burly 400D polyester on the body and 600D polyester on the knees and seat. The Fastline 2 Pants have four-way stretch panels for improved movement and include a short-length inner liner for improved comfort.

Price: $120.00

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Club Ride Gold Rush Pants

Mountain Bike Pants: Club Ride Gold Rush Pants

Club Ride's Gold Rush pants are specifically designed to keep riders warm and dry. Snap closures on the cuffs make it easy to turn these pants into knickers if the temperature starts to heat up. The Gold Rush pants have a relaxed fit with articulated knees that allow for great freedom of movement. They'll also look as good chopping wood as they do on the trail.

Price: $99.95

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Specialized Demo Pro Pants

Mountain Bike Pants: Specialized Demo Pro Pants

Specialized's Demo Pro pants combined comfort, performance, and durability. They're constructed from a light but durable four-way stretch fabric that's easy to pedal in. Three zippered pockets let you store ride essentials. Waist adjustment tabs allow you to dial in the perfect fit. The Demo Pro pants are slightly baggy through the knees to provide room for kneepads, but taper at the cuffs to prevent the pant leg from getting snapped in the drivetrain.

Price: $130.00

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