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The top 12 best camo mountain bike shorts

In this article I’m going to give you the best options if you’re looking for camo mountain bike shorts. Both for men and women.

As long as mountain bikers have been sporting baggy shorts, camo version have been a popular design option. And besides your standard green and intricate pattern, camo mountain bike shorts has seen the gamut of what traditionally is worn in the military. Including grey, white, black and sand-colored versions.

Luckily for those who would like to don a couple of camo mountain bike shorts themselves, well-established brands like Fox and Troy Lee Designs offer their top-tier products in camo version as well.

So without further ado, here are my top picks for the best camo mountain bike shorts.

Contenders camo mountain bike shorts

Fox Ranger Camo Shorts w. Liner

Fox Ranger Camo Shorts w. Liner
Fox Ranger Camo Shorts w. Liner

The Fox Ranger Camo Shorts with liner are an allround solid choice for basically any type of mountain bike riding, ranging from XC to downhill.

Besides the flexibility in use, the liner itself is remarkably comfortable, providing you with excellent value for money if you don’t already have a liner, or want to have a spare on the side. The EVA padding is slim enough to sit correctly in place where you’re going to need it, and provides enough support to take the sting out of reasonably long rides.

The shorts’ allround nature does mean they score well in the durability apartment. On the other hand, the stretch Ribstop fabric might prove to be warmer than some other shorts with lighter fabric and better ventilation.

The 2 hand pockets and single zip pocket are well-placed in the water-resistant fabric, and the velcro straps at the waistline ensure you’ll always have the correct fit.

Furthermore the shorts fit nicely but still provide ample room for knee pads, making these MTB shorts a great starting point if you don’t own any. Or a good second or third pair.

Fox W Ranger Short Purple Camo

Fox W Ranger Short Purple Camo
Fox W Ranger Short Purple Camo

The Fox W Ranger Short is the female counterpart to the men’s Ranger short. That means it has the same qualities as those MTB shorts as well.

If you’re looking for an authentic-looking camo short, you’ll be disappointed. Fox decided that women would prefer purplish camo above your standard green.

For the rest it offers the same durable Ribstop fabric, which has the benefit of being water resistant. The same 2 hand pockets, and single zip pocket on the left hand side.

In terms of size, pick your normal size or one size smaller, so you don’t have excess material from your waist adjusters accidentally getting loose.

The stretchy material of the shorts with a 12 inch inseam prevents chafing and sit loose and high, giving room for possible kneepads.

And the liner with chamois provides comfort and a good value-for-money should you not have one.

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Shell

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Shell
Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Shell

The new Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Shell improves upon its predecessor by adding another zipped pocket to the one already there. That means you have one non-zipped hand pocket on your left-hand side, and two on your right.

The shorts look stylish enough, sitting at a 13.5 inch inseam length. So if you like your MTB shorts, well, short, this is not the product you should be picking.

The rear features a stretch fabric band across the back. Together with the waist adjusters, they ensure a snug fit. The shorts are airy and ventilated as well, and don’t come with padded liners as the name implies. That means they aren’t cheap, especially not when compared to the Fox Ranger, which does included a padded liner.

The front of the shorts feature a two-button short enclosure, which prevents bunching in that area when you’re in a riding position.

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Camo w. Liner

Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Camo w. Liner
Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Camo w. Liner

The Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Camo w. Liner has a padded liner with the company states should provide up to 6-hours of comfort.

It has the same overall features as the shell version. It has zipped thigh vents, laser perforated waist band, and side-mesh vents.

A great airy short, made from a durable combination of polyester and a bit of spandex for stretch and comfort.

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Green

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Green
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Green

The non-padded Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts in camo green have a long 13.5 inch inseam to cover the top of your knee pads, should you ride with those.

The big 2-stretch rear-waist panel in combination with the waist adjusters make these very comfortabel MTB shorts. Storage is reasonable enough with 2 essential zip pockets, but zero hand pockets. And the zip pockets sit in the traditional place and not on the quad should you prefer that. For people with exceptionally large phones this could be an issue.

The material of the MTB shorts is beyond excellent. The Coolmax polyester fabric has a super fast drying characteristic and an extremely comfortable non-chafing 4-way stretch to support long rides in the saddle.

And the more intricate green camo patterns is one of the best I’ve seen for a short. In short, a great hot-weather camo MTB shorts option.

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Grey

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Grey
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Grey

A different greyish pattern for these Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts.

Troy Lee Designs Flowline Shorts Camo w. Liner

Troy Lee Designs Flowline Shorts Camo w. Liner
Troy Lee Designs Flowline Shorts Camo w. Liner

The Troy Lee Designs Flowline Shorts Camo w. Liner are supposed to be more affordable MTB shorts than the Skyline. This means they favor 2 hand pockets over zip pockets.

Interestingly enough, these short do come with a padded liner, which dramatically increases the value of the shorts if you don’t already have one, or you’re in need of one extra pair.

It’s made from the same excellent and comfortable Coolmax Polyester. Features the same high-waist 2-stretch panel and has the same overall fit as the more expensive Skyline.

So if you don’t mind putting your keys and phones somewhere else than your shorts (which I always do anyway) this is actually a far more affordable option, which includes a liner.

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Ultra Shorts Camo Black

Troy Lee Designs Sprint Ultra Shorts Camo Black
Troy Lee Designs Sprint Ultra Shorts Camo Black

The Troy Lee Designs Sprint Ultra Shorts Camo Black is a lightweight racing short designed to stay out of the way while you pedal down the mountain.

They are meant for going fast and offer superior flexibility and stretch in an extremely durable package. Obviously these premium features mean you pay more for MTB shorts, which are also non-padded, with the brand reasoning you bring your own set of preferred chamois.

Low in the front and high in the back, with adjustable straps the shorts will sit where they need to be. Highly ventilated, with laser-cut holes across large areas of the shorts, they are perfect for hot weather. At speed you can actually feel the air moving through the shorts.

I never put my phone and keys in my shorts. But for those of you who expect to be able to do so, be prepared to be disappointed. True to their race-nature, these shorts have just a single zip pocket located on your right quad.

Zoic Ether 9 Camo Shorts

Zoic Ether 9 Camo Shorts
Zoic Ether 9 Camo Shorts

The Zoic Ether 9 Camo Shorts are for people who have shorter legs, don’t want really long shorts, or prefer to ride without kneepads. Or a combination of the three.

As the name implies the have a 9 inch inseam length, which is roughly 2 to 4 inch shorter than the average MTB shorts.

Zoic makes nice and affordable MTB shorts. And contrary to a lot of other manufacterers don’t shy away from adding a lot of zipped and non-zipped pockets. With 2 hand pockets, and 3 zipped pockets, you can stash your energy bars besides your keys and phone. Personally I don’t like to have anything in my pockets, but I do reckon there are people that do.

The design is also very nice, with a great camo pattern and nice orange or green zippers, depending on the color of the shorts.

The rear features a stretchy part that wraps almost all the way round, beneath an elastic waist band. Together with the waist adjuster this makes for a solid fit, albeit not as snug as some of its more premium competitors.

A gusset with increased stretch provides more flexibility in an area where it’s needed.

All in all, I consider the Zoic Ether a solid entry-level MTB short for the more casual rider.

Zoic Ether Camo Shorts

Zoic Ether Camo Shorts
Zoic Ether Camo Shorts

The Zoic Ether Camo Shorts is the 12 inch version of the Ether 9.

Zoic Navaeh Camo Short

Zoic Navaeh Camo Short
Zoic Navaeh Camo Short

The Zoic Navaeh Camo Short is a lightweight MTB short for women without a padded liner.

It’s made from water resistant recycled polyester and, as with other Zoic shorts, features a lot of pockets. 4 zipped ones in total.

The 11 inch inseam falls just below the knee of a female of average height.

Zoic Navaeh Camo Short w. Liner

Zoic Navaeh Camo Short w. Liner
Zoic Navaeh Camo Short w. Liner

The Zoic Navaeh Camo Short with liner contains Zoic’s Women’s Essential Liner.

The 5 inch inseam of the liner means it sits well beneath the shorts, without any risk of peeking out. It has flat seams and a very wide yoga-style waist band for comfort and to prevent any marks. They are relatively low-waisted to prevent them from bunching up while riding.

The liner is meant to provide comfort for rides up to 3 hours, so they should be more than adequate for your average trail ride.

Specifications camo mountain bike shorts

NameSexInseamLinerMaterialPocketsWater ResistanceBuy at Amazon
Fox Ranger Camo Shorts w. Linermen12 inchRemovable liner with dual-density chamoisstretch Ribstop2 hand pockets, 1 zip pocketwater resistantlink
Fox W Ranger Short Purple Camowomen12 inchdual-density chamoisTruMotion stretch ripstop fabric2 zip pocketDWR water resistantlink
men13.5 inchnopolyester1 hand pocket, 2 zip pocketslink
Troy Lee Designs Ruckus Shorts Camo w. Linermen13.5 inchyespolyester1 hand pocket, 2 zip pocketslink
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Greenmen12.5 inchnoCoolmax polyester2 zip pocketslink
Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shorts Camo Greymen12.5 inchnoCoolmax polyester2 zip pocketslink
Troy Lee Designs Flowline Shorts Camo w. LinermenCOMP padded linerCoolmax polyester2 hand pocketslink
Troy Lee Designs Sprint Ultra Shorts Camo Blackmenno1 zip pocketwater resistantlink
Zoic Ether 9 Camo Shortsmen9 inchnopolyester2 hand pockets, 3 zip pocketslink
Zoic Ether Camo Shortsmen12 inchnopolyester2 hand pockets, 3 zip pocketslink
Zoic Navaeh Camo Shortwomen11 inchnoVersaLight stretch fabric4 zip pocketswater resistantlink
Zoic Navaeh Camo Short w. Linerwomen11 inchEssential linerVersaLight stretch fabric4 zip pocketswater resistantlink