10 Kits for Plus Size Mountain Bikers - Men’s Edition

Nov 27, 2020
by Nikki Rohan  


Not every mountain biker on the planet fits the model form cast by the likes of Derek Zoolander & Hansel. Sure, we’ve all got some “blue steel” to us, but given that most men statistically don’t fit into size 32/34 shorts or M/L tops, and that many avid mountain bikers refuse to be constrained by the next size up (36” waist and L/XL tops), it becomes readily apparent that the chiseled abs portion of blue steel is frequently a bit buried under some extra padding, or that sheer ginormous size makes anything but the XXL range a go to. Finding riding clothing that fits this mold can be a challenge. To that end, we tracked down two intrepid plus sized individuals to test drive nine different riding kits for the more generously proportioned male rider and give you the lowdown on how they fit. Just in case you or someone you know might benefit from something designed for the mighty giants among us.

For this review, I reached out to four different testers - two men and two women - all considered plus size per the bike industry standards, but with significantly different builds. Each rider tested four to five different kits for fit (length, waist, hip/butt), material, and style. The plus sized women's riding apparel review can be found here.





The Test Riders

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Tester: Patrik Zuest
Height: 5'9" / 175cm
Weight: 255 lbs / 115.6 kg
Measurements: 38" Waist/ 49" Chest
Notes: Former World Cup Mechanic and FSA Tech and CS Manager
Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.
Tester: Brian Nicholson
Height: 6'4" / 193 cm
Weight: 220 lbs / 98 kg
Measurements: 36" Waist/ 46" Chest
Notes: Builder, biker, fun haver





Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades


Troy Lee Designs
Ruckus Shorts
• MSRP: $109.00 USD (no liner)
• Sizes: US 28 - 38 (tested 38 )
• Colors: Red, Black, Green, Solid Grey, Camo Gray (tested)
troyleedesigns.com



Fit
The Ruckus shorts were one of the most comfortable of the test. The 38 fit great out of the package (if anything, it ran a bit on the big side); but the hook and loop waist tabs easily dialed in the fit. The silicon labeling on the inside of the back of the short helped alleviate slippage. On a long ride they did sag a tiny bit, but with the overall comfort it was a minor issue. Leg length was solid with no pad gap. They were a hair short for Patrik's DH/Enduro tastes, but that's a nitpick. One thing to note is that these were ridden alongside TLD's Sprint shorts and there's a definite fit difference them, with the Sprint having a tighter waist as compared to the Ruckus, so check between them for an appropriate fit for you before purchasing.

Material
This is one of the highlights of the short: nice and light but with a durable fabric that has a great stretch to it. There's some light venting/mesh on the outside of the lower leg, as well as zippered pockets lined with mesh for those extra hot days. One left hand zippered pocket fits a large phone very comfortably and securely, and there's a right side hand pocket without a zipper for quick access. Outer right leg has another small zippered stash pocket.

Style
The camo grey design is the wilder print out of the line, with solid colors available otherwise. Overall, it's classic TLD style with a great cut. Color selections mean you can be loud or understated as you see fit.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the TLD Ruckus shorts.


Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
The TLD Ruckus 3/4 jersey.

RUCKUS 3/4 JERSEY
• MSRP: $65.00 USD
• Sizes: SM - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Solid Black, Red/Silver Blue, Pinstripe Green/ Silver Blue (tested)
troyleedesigns.com


Fit
This jersey was Patrik's favorite from the entire test. It was a roomy enough fit to "hide the curves"; but not so roomy as to be a giant billowy sail. The 3/4 sleeves were just the right length, and the cuff will stay up if pushed. The shoulders fit great—one of the key fit parameters for Patrik—with an overall torso length that was just right.

Material
Another reason why this was Patrik's choice for best jersey is the material: it's a nice light mesh with great breathability. And it was just the right weight for him, too: thin enough to have great air flow to keep one cool, but not so thin that one can't wear it as a single layer on a crisp day.

Style
Troy Lee is known for loud designs (and that's part of what Patrik enjoys about them) but as he notes: "TLD has also branched out to cleaner, quieter lines and designs. I find the Ruckus combo is a perfect balance, allowing you to go as "loud" or "quiet" as you want with a great all around fit, both up top and down below."





Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the TLD Sprint shorts.

SPRINT SHORT
• MSRP: $109.00 USD
• Sizes: US 28 - 38 (tested 38 )
• Colors: Black, Solid Navy, Red
troyleedesigns.com


Fit
These shorts were quite a bit on the slimmer fit side as compared to the Ruckus Shorts tested above, including the waist, which was a bit of a surprise. If you are in the middle to upper realm of a size in the Ruckus one should consider going a size up in the Sprint. The leg length was on par with the Ruckus, but the thighs were more fitted vs. the Ruckus. TLD does call this out in their sizing, but it's something to note.

Material
Being a more DH oriented short these had a markedly more robust fabric; but one that still breathed really well, aided by some well placed mesh on the lower legs that really helped air flow. Note: this wasn't some kind of delicate mesh, either; it's perfectly capable of aggressive DH riding.

Style
The Sprint is a standard on the DH circuit and for a reason: it pairs classic TLD race style with a great cut. Again, you can be as "notice me" or as "ninja" as you see fit (excepting the thigh branding).

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
The TLD GP Air jersey.

GP AIR JERSEY
• MSRP: $65.00 USD
• Sizes: SM - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Blue (tested)
troyleedesigns.com


Fit
This is technically a piece out of the TLD moto line, but being a long sleeved vented jersey, Patrik really wanted to test it. This was by far the roomiest jersey of the whole test, and ideal for DH or even enduro, particularly if you feel the need to run armor underneath your jersey. The sleeves are long but comfy, and the hem is long enough to tuck in should one feel the need. It's got a great, relaxed fit and was Patrik's favorite of the long sleeve jerseys that he tried.

Material
Some of the MOST breathable material on test. The fabric is nice and thin with amazing airflow. It's an easy pick for a LS summer jersey if that's your thing. The fabric is incredibly comfortable and soft.

Style
This is definitely an MX jersey with some bright colors available, but there's also some more subdued options available, too. For those liking that moto style, this fits the bill and looks great.





Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades


Alpinestars
DROP 6.0 SHORTS
• MSRP: $99.95 USD
• Sizes: US 28 - 40
• Colors: Atlantic, Black, Mid Blue (tested)
alpinestars.com



Fit
These were a comfortable short with a nice length to avoid any pad gap; including a tiny bit of extra length on the top/front to reach over a pad and eliminate bunching behind the knee. Overall, these had a very "normal" fit that gave great breathing room, but not so roomy as to hook a saddle, and certainly not so tight as to be restrictive. The waist adjusters were solid and worked well. The side zipper pocket in conjunction with the regular hand pockets also functioned without any issues.

Material
These shorts utilize a lighter weight four-way stretch material that gives noticeably and had decent breathability. The black, lighter weight material in the groin helps with breathability as well as flexibility in this key area.

Style
These Alpinestars shorts have a great clean style that doesn't scream out at everyone, "Hey, look at me!", but still can make a statement if you want.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the Alpinestars Drop 6.0 Short.


Pros

+ Good fit
+ Good length for pad overlap
+ Functional style works on and off the bike
Cons

- For some riders could be a little snug across the hips.


Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the Alpinestars Alps 8.0 and Drop 6.0 jerseys.


Alps 8.0 L/S Jersey
• MSRP: $85.00 USD
• Sizes: SM - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Dark Shadow/Black, Burgundy/Maroon, Dark Navy/Coral (tested)
alpinestars.com


Fit
The shoulder, arm and torso length were good, but it was definitely one of the tighter jerseys that Patrik tested, fitting more like an XL than an XXL.

Material
The fabric is a nice, soft material with a back panel for ventilation/breathing that has a nice stretch to it.

Style
This top has a solid clean style with some muted/understated colors.


DROP 6.0 L/S JERSEY
• MSRP: $60.00 USD
• Sizes: SM - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Atlantic, Black, Mid Blue(tested)
alpinestars.com


Fit
Just like the Alps jersey, the fit in the Drop 6.0 L/S is closer to an XL than a XXL.

Material
This uses a lighter fabric than the Alps jersey, and consequently, it offered better venting. Patrik found it to be very comfortable, and with an easy to reach rear pocket on either side of the torso.

Style
A good clean fit that isn't exceptionally loud.





Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades


POC
Essential Enduro Shorts
• MSRP: $100.00 USD
• Sizes: XS - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Uranium Black, Turmaline Navy (tested)
pocsports.com



Fit
These had a slightly snugger in the hips fit, but great length and room in the thighs. This short features clean lines, with good pockets and waist cinches. The Essential Enduros have a decent length that comes down over pads, but it's on the slightly shorter side for Patrik's DH background. The waist gripped well, but slid down a little on longer rides. The four-way stretch fabric kept them very comfortable, though.

Material
This short makes use of a fantastic four-way stretch material that moves well with your body and is baby soft against the skin. It breathed well and was overall "quite comfortable".

Style
The Essential Enduro short has clean and solid lines, with decent branding, but is still a simple, good-looking short.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the Essential Enduro Short.


RESISTANCE ENDURO SHORTS

• MSRP: $160.00 USD
• Sizes: XS - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Uranium Black (tested)
pocsports.com


Fit
The main note on these shorts fit-wise in comparison to the Essential short is that there's a little more leg length; but otherwise they have a very similar fit. This is another comfortable short that is easily adjustable at the waist and fit well.

Material
Material-wise there is a big difference with the lower leg material vs. the main body material on these shorts: POC uses a more durable material there to reinforce the high wear areas (the knee and the hip). This is still a very lightweight material which offered easy movement and breathability. Patrik appreciated the bit of extra length for pad overlap.

Style
As with all POC gear: a clean, minimalistic look that has become a classic because it works with anything.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the Resistance Enduro Short.


Pros

+ Clean classic style
+ Great breathability
+ Good length for pad overlap on both
Cons

- Resistance shorts could have been a little longer and roomier in fit.


Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the POC Essential MTB Jersey and Enduro Light Tee.

ESSENTIAL MTB JERSEY

• MSRP: $56.00 USD
• Sizes: XS - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Black (tested)
pocsports.com



Fit
This was a little on the snug side, but not as tight on him as the Alpinestars kit. And while snug, it did have good room in the shoulders and a nice arm length. If you're normally an XL rider but like a roomy jersey, the XXL might provide a better fit.

Material
This jersey uses a slightly thicker material to add some abrasion resistance in high wear areas. As a result, it's a little warmer, but it still breathes well. Again, a very comfortable next to skin feel.

Style
The Essential MTB Jersey offers a clean minimalistic style with great performance.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the POC Essential Enduro Light Tee.

ESSENTIAL ENDURO LIGHT TEE
• MSRP: $35.00 USD
• Sizes: XS - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Calcite Blue (tested)
pocsports.com


Fit
The Essential Enduro Light Tee offered a tight, almost road jersey like fit. The shoulders were snug and the fabric bunched a bit while riding. However, while it was tight, it was still comfortable.

Material
This Tee has nice, lightweight "lycra-esqe" fabric that breathes well.

Style
With its tighter fit, the Essential Enduro Light Tee is definitely not the most trail/enduro style jersey available; it's more of an XC/Light trail jersey.


Pros

+ Clean classic style
+ Great breathability
Cons

- Both Jerseys fit a little snug, the Enduro Light fitting like a road riding/XC race piece.





Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades


FOX
DEFEND SHORT

• MSRP: $120.00 USD
• Sizes: 28 - 40 (tested 38 )
• Colors: Black, Pine (tested)
foxracing.com



Fit
The Fox Defend shorts definitely falls into the roomier short category, but is still tailored to fit well, so while it offers great freedom of movement, excess fabric is minimal, eliminating any flapping or hooking. They had the right length for proper pad overlap and the ratcheting waist closure is by far the most secure on test. It really made for a secure, but easily adjustable fit regardless of how aggressive you ride.

Material
The material a little on the heavier side, but this is one of Fox's gravity-oriented shorts. There are vent holes cut in the fabric, which do help with breathability, but no lightweight materials. That being said, these are still comfortable on hot days and have become his go- to short... especially for riding anything in the more aggressive realm.

Style
With the length and cut of the short, as well as the simple Fox Head logo, these shorts have a great, clean style and they were some of the best looking and most stylish shorts that he tested.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the Fox Defend shorts.

Pros

+ Great Fit- roomy without excess material
+ Waist adjuster will never come loose
+ Great pocket location with zippers
Cons

- Shorts aren't super lightweight material for hot days


Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Fox Ranger Short Sleeve Jersey.

RANGER SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY
• MSRP: $49.95 USD
• Sizes: S - 2XL (tested 2XL)
• Colors: Black, PTR, Light Blue (tested), Chili, Sulphur Stone
foxracing.com


Fit
The Fox Ranger Short Sleeve jersey is a standard short sleeve semi-fitted jersey. It has a good solid length (no bunching or riding up) and had a good, overall comfortable fit and feel on Patrick (note that while it has a great cut for larger frames, it was a hair snugger on Patrik than the TLD Ruckus jersey).

Material
Material-wise, The Ranger is a nice lightweight, stretchy, and highly breathable jersey, making it comfortable for long pedal days. As such, it has become Patrik's go-to trail jersey, alone on hot days or as his main layer beneath his jacket on wet days.

Style
This is a clean-cut T-shirt style jersey. Color-wise, Fox is leaning towards more muted colors than years past, which may or may not be to everyone's liking; but all-in-all it's a great jersey with clean lines and a nice stylish look.

bigquotesBest compliment I can give for the jersey was not noticing anything about it—always the sign of good gear. Overall, a great fit and very comfortable.





LAUNCH PRO D30 KNEE GUARDS
• MSRP: $130.00 USD
• Sizes: XS - XXL
• Colors: Black (tested)
foxracing.com


Fit
Patrik's had far too many knee surgeries, thanks to his occasional 'go fast and take chances' attitude, so he's constantly on the lookout for a high-protection knee pad that pedals well and doesn't slip. Unfortunately, guys like him are frequently on the outer range (or beyond) of many pads for fit at thigh and calf. He asked specifically to test the Launch Pros as their charts declared a good fit, but had been hesitant due to cost. He is hesitant no more. These are by FAR the most comfortable knee pad Patrik's worn in years.

Material
The sleeve is constructed from a nice breathable neoprene-style material, which helps reduce sweat, although it doesn't eliminate it. And while these are not the most breathable/coolest knee pad Patrik's ever worn, that's ok; that was not his intention. Living in the PNW, Patrik prefers wearing what is regionally referred to as "Northwest Knee warmers" to provides the protection he wants, even if they are warmer than riding without a pad. "The hard plastic kneecup in combination with the D30 insert give the protection I need for my sensitive (and battered) knees. The one standout material choice that I believe more pad makers should use is a non-stretchable calf strap that minimizes pad creep. Having that detail on these pads means that I don't have to over-tighten the strap to keep my pads properly in place. I will likely have to purchase a spare set just in case they get discontinued."

Style
There typically isn't much to be said on style for a knee pad, but these have clean lines and look good.

bigquotesThey hug your entire knee, and stay in place beautifully: the top and bottom silicone beads are thick and sturdy and make sure that these pads don't shift at all. They are easily, and by far, the most comfortable knee pad I have ever owned.

Pros

+ Great Fit
+ Tons of protection
+ Does not move around or slip
Cons

- A little warm on the hottest of days





Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades


ZOIC
THE ONE SHORTS
• MSRP: $95.00 USD
• Sizes: S - 3XL
• Colors: Galaxy, Black, Fresh, Night, Shadow and Azure (tested)
zoic.com


Fit
The One shorts fit Patrik very well with great length and a very nice middle of the road waist, not too tight, not too loose, combined with quality hook and loop side adjusters to dial in the fit. The leg length was great, too, with good pad overlap. Overall it's got a nice, just loose enough fit that allows easy movement without being bulky.

Material
The material used in these shorts is lightweight and stretchy with just the right amount of breathability. On hot days, the mesh lined pockets can be opened to add more breathability.

Style
The One shorts come in a multitude of colors: everything from a classic black short all the way to Skittles blue or orange if that's the look you want. Despite the number of pockets, they still have a clean appearance that works well on or off the bike.

Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades

Details of the Zoic One shorts.


Patrik Zuest showing the plus size moves in the N Cascades
Zoic Dialed 3/4 Print Jersey.

DIALED 3/4 PRINT JERSEY

• MSRP: $42.00 USD
• Sizes: S - 2XL
• Colors: White Palm, Swell (tested)
zoic.com


Fit
Patrik felt that this 3/4 sleeve jersey had a comfortable fit and while it could be a touch roomier in the stomach area, "for those of us with a strong lunch muscle", he found the overall fit to be very comfortable and not at all restrictive. The sleeves fit nicely and never snagged or hampered upper body movement.

Material
This is some of the softest and most comfortable fabric Patrik had ever felt this side of silk. "I'm not one to gush, but I loved the silky smooth feel against my skin." This isn't the most lightweight material, but it was still very comfortable for Patrik, even when saturated, and it both wicked well and dried quickly.

Style
The Dialed Jersey is much like Zoic's shorts, and is offered in colors and some prints that let you decide how loud or understated you want to be on the trails. Overall, it's a good looking and comfortable jersey.


Pros

+ Solid comfortable fit with plenty of room in the shoulders
+ Doesn't get clammy
+ Probably the most luxurious feeling jersey material of all of them.
Cons

- Little more stomach room in relation to chest/shoulders





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Endura
HUMMVEE SHORT II

• MSRP: $90.00 USD (w/ liner)
• Sizes: XS - 4XL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Black (tested), Grey Camo, Grey, Navy, Khaki, Cocoa
endurasport.com


Fit
These shorts have a great all around fit. Brian found them to be loose but comfortable, which translates to "perfect amount of room to move". They inseam is on par with most trail specific shorts and breaks just a bit below the knee—a little bit longer than the Race Face—and fit well with most knee pads.

Material
The fabric is excellent quality: durable and had a good, next to skin feel. Overall they have a bombproof feel.

Style
A pretty classic riding short with no major design flaws. The snap-in liner is very comfortable and stays in place while the nylon belt that is included is a nice touch for cinching the waist area. The black ones have a low key, ‘these aren’t the droids you’re looking for’ vibe; while some of the other colors exhibit a bit more personality. Ultimately, these are a solid get-the-job-done MTB short.

Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.
Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.

Details of the Endura Hummvee Short II.


Pros

+ Loose and comfortable
+ Good price point
Cons

- Minimal style points


Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.
Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.

Details of the Hummvee Ray jersey.

HUMMVEE RAY JERSEY
• MSRP: $75.00 USD (w/ liner)
• Sizes: XS - 4XL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Black, Grey Camo, Grey, Navy, Khaki, Cocoa
endurasport.com


Fit
It fit really well across the Brian’s shoulders. Initially, it looked as if it’d be a tight fit because of that road style look, but once on it was actually looser fitting than anticipated and quite comfortable. The torso length was good—not too long, and not too short, with a minimal drop tail. The pockets were easily accessible.

Material
It’s a lighter weight jersey with a very stretchy, and very breathable fabric. It feels soft on the skin, and despite the light weight, it inspires durability.

Style
This is a MTB jersey with a road inspired feel: full length zip front, made from a very stretchy and breathable material with utility pockets on the back. Brian liked the idea of this jersey a lot—especially as a crossover jersey for full day adventures, but maybe not something you would want to wear to the bike park.





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Race Face
STAGE SHORT

• MSRP: $115.00 USD
• Sizes: S - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Black, Concrete (tested), Rouge
raceface.com



Fit
The fit in the waist and overall body of the short was good. They break at or just below the knee and had plenty of room for pads. Having both internal waist adjusters or the option to use belt loops to tailor the fit was a nice touch.

Material
Nice polyester fabric with a breathable but durable feel, and just the right amount of stretch.

Style
These are a solid trail short that easily pulls double duty as a pedal short or a shuttle short.

Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.
Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.

Details of the Race Face Stage short.


bigquotesA do it all short! The fit is good, and the material feels durable yet still breathes well. Overall, I like the feel of these shorts, and these could easily be my go to on shuttle days or medium length big pedal days.


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Race Face Stage 3/4 Sleeve Jersey.

STAGE ¾ SLEEVE JERSEY

• MSRP: $64 USD
• Sizes: S-XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Concrete (tested), Rouge
raceface.com


Fit
Overall, the fit of the Stage ¾ sleeve jersey is good: the torso length was right on the money for Brian, and it fit well through the shoulders and chest. The cuffs were just snug enough that they stayed where they were supposed to and Brian didn't have to worry about fabric flapping distractions. There’s no drop tail; rather it’s cut up on either side of the waist, with a drop in the front and the back.

Material
Stretchy, breathable, and even though it’s super thin, it promises to be durable.

Style
Just a good, reasonably breathable, ¾ sleeve all mountain jersey.

bigquotesA very comfortable and light 3/4 length jersey. This’d be great for warmer weather riding as it is very thin. And even though it’s thin, the material seems durable enough that it would hold up well for a season or two of riding.

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Race Face Conspiracy Jacket.

CONSPIRACY JACKET

• MSRP: $200.00 USD
• Sizes: S - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Dijon, Black (tested)
raceface.com


Fit
The Conspiracy Jacket fit was snug on Brian, enough so that he would be hesitant to layer under it as he felt as if that any extra layers would add enough material to be constricting. It was tight across shoulders and chest although it stretched just enough not to feel overly snug, and the sleeves were a good length for his long reach. The gasket at the end of the sleeves helped keep them comfortably in place and helped seal out the elements. The torso length, however, was almost too short—it broke right at the waist, making the drop seat necessary.

Material
The Conspiracy inspires confidence and durability. The 4-way stretch, 3L fabric, has bonded seams and boasts a respectable 10k/10k waterproof/breathable rating.

Style
For Brian, this would be an ideal warm but wet weather riding jacket. The tighter fit on him in the XXL meant no room for layering, but the light weight, as well as weather proofing and breathability inspired confidence to carry it as that "just in case" jacket.

bigquotesThough this jacket is a little on the short side, and has a more fitted cut, I do really like it. It’s ideal for days when layering is not needed, just a little something to keep the wet stuff off me. The tighter cut (so much less material) made me feel like I really didn’t have a jacket on... Some jackets are very noticeable when you are wearing them riding, but this fit me more like a jersey that happens to be waterproof and breathable. However, a little extra length in the arms and torso wouldn’t be a bad thing.





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Dakine
BOUNDARY SHORT
• MSRP: $90.00 USD
• Sizes: S - XXL (tested XL)
• Colors: Dark Olive (tested)
dakine.com


Fit
The XL (all that was available for this review) was a little uncomfortable for Brian (too snug), but otherwise the fit was good. However, he would go with an XXL next time vs. the XL. The inseam on these shorts is adequate and breaks right at or just above the knee, working well with most pads.

Material
The fabric is really light and breathable.

Style
A stock, no frills, get-the-job-done, warm-weather riding short that isn’t afraid to go to the bar after the ride.

Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.
Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.

Details of the Dakine Boundary short.


Pros

+ Lightweight
Cons

- Needed to size up for better waist fit


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Dakine Boundary Jersey.

BOUNDARY JERSEY

• MSRP: $55.00 USD
• Sizes: S - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Dark Olive, Black (tested)
dakine.com


Fit
The fit was decent, though Brian wouldn’t have minded trying the XL for comparison. But the XXL was good across shoulders and chest and down in the waist. The jersey itself is as long in the torso as he wanted, and while there is a drop tail, it’s minimal.

Material
The fabric is nice and stretchy, and breathes well, but it’s pretty light weight, and didn’t inspire the confidence of the similarly styled Fox Ranger jersey at withstanding a big man down incident.

Style
This is a very simple, light-weight, warm weather jersey.

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Dakine Arsenal 3L Jacket.

ARSENAL 3L JACKET

• MSRP: $210.00 USD
• Sizes: S - XXL (tested XXL)
• Colors: Indigo (tested)
dakine.com


Fit
The Arsenal 3L fits big in the shoulders and chest. The torso length was good for Brian, and the sleeves were also a good length—just long enough for glove overlap with a bit of float when cinched down. But it’s a much roomier jacket than, say, the Race Face Conspiracy jacket that Brian also tested.

Material
Brian’s main impression was it very breathable and had a reasonable amount of stretch, and while it’s not Gore-tex, the fabric has a 3L structure with a waterproof/breathable membrane with a 20k/20k rating, so waterproof, windproof and great breathability.

Style
The Dakine Arsenal 3L jacket is technically a superior jacket vs a simple windbreaker, primarily because of the superior waterproof/breathability. However, it IS roomy and as a result, kind of bulky. Yes, you can pedal to play in it, but it’s more ideal for fall/winter shuttle riding where layering is a necessity.

Comparison
In comparing the Dakine and Race Face jacket, the Race Face is a much slimmer, form-fitting rain jacket. While it had good water/wind proofing and breathed well, Brian leaned towards the Dakine jacket due to the ability to layer under it more comfortably on colder days.

bigquotesI love this Jacket! For once I found a jacket that had a long enough overall torso length and arm length for my taste, which is hard to find for a guy my size. It was waterproof, comfortable, and worked well for cold wet days. In XXL it’s big and baggy, but that’s really good for layering. Though if I did this jacket again I would probably get it in an XL to limit how bulky it is. As is, I’d probably wear it only on super cold rides where layering was needed.





Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.


Pearl Izumi
SUMMIT SHELL SHORT

• MSRP: $90.00 USD
• Sizes: 28 - 38 (tested 38 )
• Colors: Forest, Black (tested)
pearlizumi.com


Fit
These were a tricky fit for our tall big man; the waist was roomy enough that the waist tabs were cinched all the way down for a proper fit at the waist, but it has a high crotch which had barely any room for a true chamois liner. The length was good, breaking just above the knee, and pads fit ok. The pockets were angled back vs. onto the front with the idea of keeping cargo weight off the front of the thighs.

Material
Very lightweight and breathable with a touch of stretch.

Style
All day summer shred short for pedal missions.

Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.
Showing off a selection of XXL clothing options.

Details of the Pearl Izumi Summit Shell shorts.


Pros

+ Stretchy comfortable fabric
Cons

- Tight in the crotch





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207 Comments

  • 132 1
 Pinkbike, this is a great idea. While Im not plus sized, I can see it being difficult for some riders who are, to find good fitting gear. Especially for women with the larger range of unique body shapes to have. Keep it up! Also, I want your beards. With time.
  • 3 1
 Nice job Pinkbike!!!

Fortunately I like long sleeves for a little elbow slide protection without using elbow pads and they have always made larger MX jerseys. Also paintball jerseys, (mostly repurposed mx gear anyway), were my original go to gear. Made desent low profile knee pads too before all the cool instant hard gel armor came out...
  • 3 0
 i approve this message
  • 4 0
 I’m not plus either... I’m voluptuous!
  • 14 0
 I came here to post about the beards =)
  • 2 0
 @WasatchEnduro: You mean voluptuplus
  • 4 0
 This is a great article but I’d like to see some bigger riders or clothing brands that extend sizes even if their size curve is smaller! I’m 6’ 4” 130kg not sure what that is in pounds and am a 40/42 waist. My issue is I have a big ass haha I bought the Endura humvee II short recently and they went straight back, the fit was fine but when they get to the xxxl the length was a joke like a bad pair of 3/4 length shorts which you would never be able to pedal in and to top it off who decides to put a pocket on the knee ?
  • 4 0
 Chonkyboys unite! So much love for this article 3 we need more reviews like this. Also for bikes please.
  • 105 0
 Next challenge is to find pants for a tall (6’5”) thin (size 32 waist) male that don’t come to the top of my ankles!
  • 19 1
 Good luck. I am only 6'2" and 32" waist and can't find pants that don't fit like capris.
  • 18 0
 You’re in luck. As I understand it, showing a bit of ankle is the new trend.
  • 35 1
 I am tall and skinny too. 6'6"/ 33". PinkBike, please do a lanky man version of this.
  • 6 0
 I've heard that NeedsFactory has longer legs options
  • 6 0
 everything seems to have fit Brian fine, while Patrik had more issues. May be better to pair a tall thin rider, with a short heavy rider for an article like this to help out those not well served by a standard sizing chart
  • 4 0
 Here in EU riders are happy with revolutionrace pants, they are really long and slim fit.
I didnt try them out myself yet, because with 100cm inseam I never liked pants so much but prefer bibs and a short.

Looking at those guys maybe I should do some pumping and weight lifting^^
  • 4 0
 I feel you man, I’m 6’3 size 32 and absolutely nothing fits
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: I second the NF option. I'm 6'2" & 230lbs, the DP3 with the stretch waist have been perfect since I purchased them a year ago.
  • 2 0
 I need this too. Stop twat gap!
  • 4 0
 6'-5" and a 34... life is hard when you're this tall... I'd also like shirts that aren't full on Britney Spears
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: While not a victim of this myself, I have seen this on some taller friends, but if you contact them they are very good at accommodating those longer leg lengths.
  • 1 0
 Try swrve. They're more general purpose cycling but they have sizes like 28x34. The UK website seems to have more variable sizing in the softshell trousers than the US - probably going to pick up a pair of 34 waist 36 leg soon myself.
  • 1 0
 Try some mountaineering pants. Schoeller stretch fabric ones. Really similar to bike ones, except for the tapered calf. If that is an issue, easy enough to put a little seam in to take up that slack. Otherwise, they have articulated knees and gusseted crotch, made to fit with a harness. This means they don’t catch on the saddle either.

I am 32/36 in jeans and the Mammut 32 tall fits well.


www.mammut.com/us/en/p/1021-00190-0001/courmayeur-so-pants-men
  • 1 0
 Same. 6' and growing, I have a 28 waist and chest, and a 34 inseam.
  • 1 0
 @tttyyler: Your must have a way out of proportion inseam. I am the same size and have no trouble.....except for jeans that tend to not fit biker thighs in a 30-32" waist.
  • 1 1
 I gotta skinny ass friend who is 6'6, works in the bike industry, same problem and he.....oh, haha, he commented below. 33 waist. He's fucking dreaming. I think that's how wide his shoulders are though.
  • 1 0
 @ratedgg13: Yes and no. I just got their DP3 pants in medium and they are just long enough. I'd prefer another inch or two. I'm 6' with a longish leg. I saw a post where the owner said that in 2021 they may just go 34" (IIRC) inch inseams on all of their pants and let people hem them as needed.
  • 2 0
 Same thing. I'm not that skinny, but I'm tall (195cm) with long legs and arms.
Currently riding with ION pants (the longer version) and it is better than most of other brands, but the other problem is too short sleeves on the long-sleeved jerseys I ride all year long. I have two jerseys that are ok-ish (one ION and one Dakine), but still would prefer a little longer than that, so when in attack position (or seated) my wrists stay covered...
  • 1 0
 @goffboy: you're a dick. Hahahaha.
  • 1 0
 But that keeps them from getting hooked by the chainring teeth.
  • 1 0
 I hear ya, I'm not super tall (about 6'2") but still it's really hard to find a decent pant that fits and works for MTB.


I recently gave these a try and am super impressed. I bought them for hiking/camping but hey, I can fit kneepads under them and the leg opening cinches down so it won't flap and get caught in your pedals. plus, pockets, which all the MTB specific pants seem to lack. So yeah, they're not marketed for MTB, but they fit the bill perfectly. Comes in standard length and long

www.fjallraven.com/us/en-us/men/trousers/trekking-trousers/vidda-pro-ventilated-trs-m-long?v=F81160%3a%3a7323450523435
  • 1 2
 Stop looking for mtb specific clothes and your issue will nearly disappear. Regular hiking pants/shorts work very well and look way better. (Prana/Patagonia/Lululemon/etc.)
  • 2 0
 @rickybobby18: Wrong, RickyBobby
  • 1 0
 I’m 6’4” with a 32 waist, try 34 Troy lee sprint pants and tighten them as much as they go. Works fine for me!
  • 2 0
 Tall (6ft2, 34in leg) thin (32in waist) person here. Just got me some Endura MT500 Spray pants and they're excellent. Size M. Decent leg length.
  • 1 0
 I'm the same. Forget the American brands and have a look at the (Northern) European brands. I wear the Norrona fjora gear and fits perfect!
  • 2 0
 I'm tall and skinny too, towering high about 195cm / 6'5" and 33–34" waist.
Still about to find pants that are long enough but for summer riding garment from Pearl Izumi works perfectly for me. Their Elevate and Launch shorts have 15" (38cm) inseam in size 32"!
Also theirs Summit jersey is nicely long and really comfortable. Highly recommend all of them for anybody taller.
Jackets from Pearl Izumi look worth a look too as they seem to have longer than average arm sleeves but haven't tried that so far.
One more thing there was a test of knee guards for every body type from pb and Leatt Airflex Pro scored high both in skinny and tall categories. I can confirm that.
  • 1 0
 @AlexTokmakoff:
Same dimensions as you, but I have muscular glutes and thighs. I need size 34 or 36 shorts/pants attached to a 32 waist.
  • 1 0
 6'2" wearing 33/36 here and i would love it if there was a chart comparing the inseam of shorts thru their sizes.

fox DH shorts are the only ones ive found that are at least 14-15in inseam. i wish i could get 16-18in so they still cover my kneepads when i have them pulled up proper.
  • 1 0
 I am 6'4'' but have a 37" inseam. The Pearl Izumi Launch pant have been awesome! They fit great. They make down to a 28" waste. All sizes say they measure a 32" inseam, but I didn't have any issues with length on these.
  • 36 2
 Good content! There LOTs of burly riders out there and a lotta bike stuff fits skinny. I would have like to see more knee pads reviewed as I find they mostly fit poorly on my not-skinny legs and I wear kneepads every, which leads to knee abrasions (how ironic!)
  • 4 0
 This - so much! I'm a small bloke (170cm - 70kg) but sometimes with kneepads I'm an XL, what the hell is that about? Then I put on a pair of 30" waist shorts that come halfway down my shins or go for a small shirt with a hem that's basically around my belly button. The struggle is real.
  • 2 1
 @RadBikeBro: Sizing has been turned on its head since most everything is being produced in China.
  • 2 0
 @DJ-24: But it's being designed (supposedly) by riders or at least people who know a few. Im a hair under 6ft, wear a 33-34, by no means have skinny legs, but I should not have to buy an XL either.
  • 3 0
 @RadBikeBro: In the summer I went into my LBS and came out with a jersey in S and elbow pads in XL, WTF!
  • 1 0
 It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that elbow pad (and knee pad to an extent) size bears little relation to torso size.
  • 1 0
 @korev: You trying to show off your guns? haha.
  • 4 1
 @Afterschoolsports: If you can fit your body into a child size shirt, no way your arms should be XL, that's ridiculous. That's Popeye's style.
  • 1 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards try 661 Evo II kneepads. I'm 6'1 and around 180lbs and the small is slightly too big for me. originally bought a medium because that's always been the size of kneepad i use, and they were so big they bumped loose and slipped down while riding
  • 2 0
 Agreed, modern sizing is jacked!
Used to be, I could get a medium in most brands an I knew they where going to fit well. Now I'm a small elbow and back protection, M shirt, large short an XXL knee pad!! An I'm 5'11" 86kg an a fairly normal build apart from the slight beer belly Wink
Bikes are heading the same way too
  • 1 0
 @scotteh: thanks I'll check them out.
  • 35 0
 Can we also do plus size rider bike reviews???
  • 36 0
 Or suspension setup articles. It's kinda frustrating when every article and bike check is of 80kg riders. Tell me what 100kg+ riders are running in their fork or tyres please?
  • 17 0
 @timlake: Yes! I'm 6'3", 255lbs and would love to see how different bikes/suspension/tires perform for people who area bit huskier.
  • 11 0
 Yep- I'm 6'0 and 200 lbs and I even find that suspension set up, brakes or wheel reviews for example from the usual 5'9-5'11 and 150lbs mountain biker doesn't really capture what I always need out of gear. I already feel at the edge of a lot of the gear I use and couldn't imagine the struggle for someone with 20% more weight or more.
  • 7 0
 @snl1200: I know logistically it would be difficult, but I would love to see comparison reviews for products based on weight. For example wheels....how well does wheel x, y, z hold up to trail/dh riding for someone who is 170 lbs versus someone that is 230 lbs.
  • 7 0
 @Nimasterj: For sure!- or just have more reviewers doing long term reviews that represent different weights. Kazimer and Levy are awesome- but lets get some more big guys who are throwing bikes around in them mix. Hit me up Brian Park. My shop owner here in town once referred to me as "one of those guys" in reference to my ability to break parts haha
  • 1 0
 @snl1200: Me too. I broke 4 frames in 10 months- not a single one of them was impact damage. Needless to say I no longer ride that model/brand.
  • 3 5
 They ride FatBikes.
  • 3 2
 @timlake: More pressure, less tokens. Tokens are great for lighter riders because you need to run lower pressure in order for the fork to absorb hits and tokens to reduce the volume and make the fork progressive because of lower pressure. If you do the same with higher pressures needed by heavier riders to achieve proper sag you would probably make the fork too progresive and might not even be able to use all of the travel... No first hand experince as I'm also really light but I've seen people having positive experience with such setups.
  • 1 0
 I was about to say the same thing! You only get skinny tall dudes out reviewing bikes and small travel bikes handle differently for a plus rider. Even though when you’re at a trail head you see all types of different body types! Multiple times I’ve convinced myself through reading reviews and here on pinkbike bikes like the SC tallboy or ibis ripley could be my next bike, only to demo them and really not enjoy them at all.
  • 29 0
 I 6'8". My girlfriend bought me some TLD pants for my birthday and is going to sew Giraffe print fabric at the bottom so the pants actually go to my ankles
  • 25 0
 Dear clothing manufacturers, tall doesn't mean fat. From a tall skinny guy that perpetually either has way too much fabric around his waist or a nice fit that's way too short. Tall fits, please!
  • 2 0
 I have no problem investing in a more expensive pant but nothing fits me at 6’3 with a 32 waist
  • 18 1
 Finally PB comes out with some big lad content, I have been asking for some shock/fork content for years. I am what some may consider a bit on the heavier side of things (260lbs) I charge my steed hard and can climb well at my own pace but I get there.
I have become very handy with the needle and thread over the years modifying pretty much all my kit so I can enjoy some of the finer MTB things out there.
Good to see this content for sure.

Side note Pinkbike: I am available for any big lad content you want to put out there. Especially for the Short/Wide categories!!!
  • 2 0
 Yup, big butt and thighs, small waist here. Very hard to find shorts or pants that fit. I have a 32 waist, but most apparel with a 32 waist won't go over my legs. I've resorted to just buying whatever fits over my thighs and butt, then cinching it down with a belt so they fit my waist.
  • 19 0
 I think it's awesome that you're doing this.
  • 20 1
 Do these clydesdales have a calendar coming out soon? Asking for a friend.
  • 11 1
 Bears in the woods
  • 11 1
 Hmm - I am a "plus size", aka heavy, rider myself and I do not feel helped much. Stretchy jerseys are the least of the problems.

I am about 173cm, 115kg. I like bikes and I like lifting heavy things for recreation, plus the occational cheese cake!
For reference. A 2XL endura jersey is well, a tight.

The mountainbike industry needs to realize that not every "plus sized" rider is made of belly and skinny legs.

Any 3XL trousers I ever tried were loose around the belly and tight where they sould not be. I am actually unable to fit into most trousers because the upper legs are to tight and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

knee guards? not with 50cm calves and 75cm thighs.
elbow guards? bad joke.

Rain clothing is the worst, almost nightmarish. Way to tight around the elbows and shoulders and almost every manufacturers size chart ends with 119-120cm around the chest. Sorry, not going to fit.

I miss real sizes for heavy riders with most manufacturers.

Things that do fit for "plus sizes".
- bliss protection jackets, very good stretch
- ortema knee guards, for those with elephant legs like me
- ortema crash pants

If anyone has a recommendation for rain clothing in adult sizes - I am open to suggestions!
  • 2 1
 I'm 6ft 1, 120kg ish, 52 inch chest, similar issues to you regarding legs, I've got a vaude coat that's if anything a touch loose unless I have a hoodie on under it.
  • 2 0
 @inked-up-metalhead:

unfortunately current Vaude Jackets are never available in more than 2 xl.- Needed my wife to get myself out of that one Big Grin

Tried Endura - cant move my arms

Tried Platzangst - got Platzangst in that one.

It´s a pain really but now I finally know I am not alone in my misery, haha.
  • 1 0
 @Helmchentuned: ah yeah that would be a problem, mines a 4xl and is great, I was amazed when I first put it on and it actually zipped up without having to seriously suck it in haha
  • 1 0
 Nukeproof shorts are the only ones that fit my thighs. I don't understand why clothing manufacturers think a 38-40 inch waist would be attached to skinny bird legs. I have troy lee shorts thet advertising 38 waist and measure 34. They rely on the stretch way more than is possible. I bought cheap shorts from a facebook ad, urban bike clothing or something like that and they fit great as long as you don't move. The seams all ripped in one ride at all the flex points
  • 12 0
 I prefer the "husky" denomination from where my mom would buy my clothes at Penneys back in the day.
  • 12 0
 Mike and Mike you look good with beards.....Oh wait a minute... Recruit these guys for the next bike reviews please.
  • 9 1
 Looks good good to see as someone that is 220 good to see would also like to see a stock fork and shock shoot out as I all ways find it hard a good review for a regular ride dose not all ways mean the shock or fork will feel good for a heavy rider especially the air stuff
  • 4 1
 9 times out of 10 heavier riders either need custom tunes or more compression dampening. If others complain that a fork or shock is overdamped, that's usually a good sign for heavier riders. I'd argue that the bigger issue is the rising average lever ratio of more bikes requiring lots of air pressure or high spring rates for heavier riders. Big guys need low leverage ratios.
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: Yes, the leverage ratio on a lot of the newer Geo bikes makes it a little harder to get the tune you need. I am riding a 2020 sight with fox suspension at its max psi, the rock shock super deluxe allows for greater PSI which I liked when I tested that too. However, I miss my cane creek coil from my previous bike. While the sight does allow for a coil, the leverage ratio will not work for me this time.
  • 7 0
 Happy you guys are doing this for two reasons:

1.) I know what shorts/jersey/jacket to look for next time I'm in the market.
2.) Hopefully it will get brands thinking about the cut of their gear, and make them realize that not every male cyclist is a 160lb size medium.

I'm 6'3 and 210 and I can get a waist/torso that fits but is always too short in the leg/sleeve. Or I can buy a jacket that fits like a garbage bag. (the Dakine one to be exact)
  • 6 0
 There is a huge market opportunity for these companies to start making XL XXL for tall riders that fit correctly. XXL for most brands means wider, wider, wider, with no increased length. Trousers are the worst for it, Fox make pretty much a single length for M, L, XL. Shorts are not so bad but Jerseys, jackets and trousers never fit perfect for me. You can see that clearly in this test tbh, nothing is long enough for us tall riders and when it is its kite like in size.
  • 3 0
 Testify. Im 6'6" and 240lb. Even when I was skinny it was hard enough to find stuff long enough. Now it's impossible.
  • 1 0
 honestly I think this is a bigger issue than "plus" sized riders. I was fairly big at one point and the likes of XL and XXL clothing fitted me width wise, but lenght wise it was a issue, especially when riding. Now that I have lost weight every "normal" cut is extremely wide and still too short and it just looks stupid. I wish that the industry would adopt a more slimfit approch to jersyes and pants for that matter.
  • 1 0
 There's a bigger issue than this huge market opportunity: brand logos
  • 1 0
 Worth checking out www.terrainclothing.co.uk - makes clothing made to measure so fits all sizes. I know they will be coming out with shorts soon too.
  • 6 0
 Holy sweet jesus. Thank you.

As a chunky rider, it always blows seeing a review on a piece of kit only to try it on and realize that the sizing stops at "normal human".

Maybe toss these boys a wheelset or two to break
  • 8 0
 The article is so relevant it hurts
  • 20 11
 E-mtb gear you mean?
  • 3 1
 Was looking for this comment.
  • 4 0
 My dream weight is 250lb at 5,10. It would be really nice if jerseys came in a 3xl relaxed fit and shorts came 42 in a relax fit. Consistency would be appreciated as well. It would be great if clothing manafactures realized that there sre some fat bastards out there who are fat fit. Great article.
  • 7 0
 Best photoshoot ever. The leg up is priceless! Great job guys Smile
  • 2 0
 Gotta say ALL my Troy Lee stuff especially the shorts have lasted some over 2 decades and they look like a new design. Most are camo and I found fabric glue that keeps them sweet looking and functional. Even old zippers and clasps lasted.
  • 2 0
 Great Article, Lots of big riders out there. I am a little guy at only about 220-230. My buddy tips the scales about 270 and loves to ride. He solved the shock issue by making new shock mounts that allowed him to run 2 shocks on his frame. Says it works great, he runs = pressure in each one.
  • 2 0
 It would help if there was some standardization of sizing also. In European brands, a 46" chest means XXL or sometimes XXXL. In US brands, it could mean XL or XXL. Why they can't just do an actual chest and waist sizes is beyond me. It would also help if they listed if the cut is loose or slim. You can have two people with a 46" chest, one with a 42" pant size, one with a 36" pant size, very different builds and fit requirements.
  • 4 0
 I had no idea one my dreams was to be a plus size Mountain bike kit model until today! Could pair nicely with a beer sponsor.
  • 2 0
 **Was this really necessary?**

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  • 3 0
 If you’ve been on pinkbike long enough than you know it is necessary. Although a lot of the trolls have been booted the last 6 months. Its started to get a bit better and I appreciate pinkbike more for it.
  • 2 0
 This is much needed content. Gear for everyone! I am a former Clydesdale, Ive lost 40 pounds over the last two years. I never bothered with proper clothing. I have a hard time with elbow and knee pads. Xl isn’t that big... thanks for including everyone.
  • 2 0
 6’2” 220-230 here depending on time of year, and definitely a dad bod. Fox is a super reliable brand for bigger sizes, and I’ve also been really happy with Patagonia. But the real king are Abit Gear shorts, which are available in two different cuts. Best damn shorts out there.
  • 6 0
 Looking good lads!
  • 4 0
 The boys are naturals...I suspect, maybe a few "dudoir" shoots are in their future!
  • 2 0
 Excellent idea ! Can you tell to this brand that plus size is a good thing when they are available ! For example French TLD distributor and big market dealer have most of the time none of this plus size short ...
  • 3 0
 Can we have the bean pole edition next? Inseam details seem to be one of the most closely guarded secrets in MTB. 198cm, 78kg.
  • 4 1
 As a tall skinny rider, I'm very surprised to find that this is an issue. Everything from a mountain bike brand for someone over 6' fits like it is plus sized.
  • 2 0
 Then, This article is not for you.
  • 4 0
 Waiting on helmet manufacturers to make helmets for those of us with Sputnik satellites on our heads
  • 1 0
 I'm a 7 5/8-7/8 and my Troy Lee A2 fits well, I've also got an aggressively oval shaped head too.
  • 1 0
 I have a pretty big oval-shaped noggin and am really happy with the larger POC helmets, as well as my TLD Stage. Giro is also okay for me. Bell, Fox, IXS, and most others are an immediate NOPE due to squishing my forehead.
  • 1 0
 @RusMan: ya the A2 XL and a few Giro helmets have been the only helmets that work for me. I just kind think it's odd they reviewed all the stuff that should fit just like normal clothing should lol
  • 1 0
 @pnwpedal: damn I'm envious you got that POC look, I wanted to get a Trabec back in the day but nothing doing.
  • 1 0
 @TotalAmateur: yeah, I have a Trabec Race Mips blah blah whatever else is in the name. It's older and well used now but still amazingly comfortable. It's been retired to backup status and I mainly wear my full face on the trail these days, or a lighter Giro for around town riding.
  • 1 0
 Watch out for Fox Ranger sizing. I bought a shirt in a shop that fitted well (albeit a S and not the sizes here) and then spotted anther colour online which I bought only to find that it was so tight that a Roadie would wear it...
  • 2 1
 I hope that people at Big S see that post.
You can not buy Specialized Demo pro pants ot other stuff in size 40 or bigger in Europe, you can buy it only in US. I mean FTW
I’m preety sure that you can find big boys in Europe too.
  • 2 7
flag nvranka (Nov 27, 2020 at 9:14) (Below Threshold)
 That’s retarded lol damn
  • 3 0
 Great article, and provided me some new options. Thanks Pinkbike for coordinating. Also, let me know if you need more testers, as I'd be happy to volunteer. 6'4" and 250lbs.
  • 2 0
 MTB clothing manufacturers: please stop making shorts and pants with snaps! The ratchet straps or buttons with butter for those of us that are smuggling a few extra burritos under our shirts.
  • 1 0
 I find it difficult to find stuff that fits as a skinny guy. Most stuff is way too baggy. I want form fitting jerseys and shorts like EWS and WC racers wear. I've ridden Alpinestars brand in the past, but that brand is getting tougher to find in the US. Any recommendations or will there be a "skinny people" story too?
  • 1 0
 Having been a "plus" sized rider before and tall I am extremely surprised people have this issue, I found that most brands once you hit a size XL and XXL basically only go up in width and not length and I had no issues finding anything that fitted nicely width wise, only issue was length. I have now lost weight, because god knows it wasn't healthy for me to be at the size I was and now I can't find anything that is slim enough to fit well, while still being long enough.
For reference I am 191cm/6'3 and I was 104kg (229lbs) at my biggest and I am now down to 78kg or 172lbs and still rocking XL kneepads
  • 1 0
 Great article! Though I don't think fit is just a plus size issue.

I'm not plus size, but I am definitely not the same shape as whoever the 'average' rider is that most companies seem to design for. I'd like to think it would be possible to do something similar to these guys (spoke-london.com), a sort of semi bespoke fit, to accommodate a variety of body shape and size combinations. I have to rule out buying some brands as, while the size is technically correct, the fit is terrible.
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 by no means am i plus sized, i just didnt get the height gene in my family and came out shorter and a bit wider. The raceface stage shorts are flippin dank and same goes for their agent pants. Also having a good fitting jacket in the Mountain Hardwear Exposure 2 Goretex makes winter riding no problem
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 Great article thanks for doing this as I know I have a hard time with fit as I am a heavier rider.

One thing added would have made this go from excellent to mind blowing: if levy or Kazmir was the model for the final xxl clothing kit combo.
Every time something gets reviewed by them, the comment section, including myself, loves to give them a hard time for not having people of other sizes test the gear since they are both very far over on the healthier side of the BMI index. Would have been a hilarious poke at all of our griping in the comments over the years to have one of them swimming in an XXL kit in the final photos and giving it a Faux bad review. They are both pretty good with self deprecating humor (levy’s blurred out spandex) and that move would have been legendary.
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 Yes!!!!!
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 I'm liking the more inclusive direction this site is taking, mountain biking has needed it for quite some time.
You're starting to embarrass the rest of the industry Smile hopefully more will follow your direction.
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 As a sasquatch my self I've always struggled finding gear big enough for my frame ...thanks pink bike for the nodd to the big guys out there who like to rip!!!!!!!...

Another thing would be cool is to look into suspension options and settings for 100kg/230lb plus guys as this is on the top end of "normal rider weight"....

Keep up the good work.
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 Interested you have bigger than xxl sizes listed for the endura gear, was that a copy paste from the sizing chart or are those items available in those sizes? Enduras web site doesn’t list the jersey in that size.

Good article though, 6’5” and 38” waist. Find dakine and race face to be my go to with some endura sneaking in from the mt500 range.

Check out decathlon too for some mega bargains like the riding pants they now do
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 This one's going to be popular.
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 As a plus sized dude 6', 250lb...I REALLY appreciate this. Thank you!
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 Nukeproof shorts are great. I am 6'1" 260.
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 Patrick takes some of the best pictures I’ve seen.
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 Clothing brands in general need to realize that waist size and height do not increase at a fixed ratio.

I'm not that far outside of the 'norm' but at 6'3" and 33 in the waist, it's still a challenge, my heart goes out to people who are outside of those numbers.
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 Dear Patrik Zuest, I love the wizard stripes in your beard. I have the same ones! Dear Brian Nicholson, that is also a very lustrous beard!
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 I’m a big guy, but what I really need is a review for a flat pedal shoes 12 EEE.
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 Check out Pearl Izumi, their flat shoes fit my Samsquanch feet pretty good
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 I bought ride concepts in euro 46.5 and they are narrow. More narrow than vans. Shimano gr5 euro 47 are ok. But my 5 year old five ten impacts size 46.5 fit the widest. Nukeproof shorts actually fit over my thighs. I can even fit padded shorts under. Troyl lee 38 barely fit my legs, no room in the crotch. For those of us who don't skip leg day hundred dollar shorts from these companies are laughably small.
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 6'7", 32" waist with size 15UK feet here. I've been squeezing my trotters into Spesh 2FOs for a few years now. Not much else on the market.
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 I always surprised with mtb clothes designers, why all of them go from s to xl in linear manner, while manufacturers of jeans/swimsuits/ski/ whatever on the market clothes do at least few length per particular width
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 Here's what I need a kit to do;
- hide the back fat.
- absorb COPIOUS amounts of sweat.

That is all.
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 Damn I didn't know that being a fatass was called being plus sized Signed a fellow fatass In the meantime while I work on not being a fatass it's nice to know there's options to wear
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 Finally a useful article!
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 That's the kind of review that is clearly intersting to me!
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 I didn't realize Fidel Castro was into Mountain Biking.
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 I'm goin to bookmark this article for my next pair of shorts
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 Nice! Finally something for the extra husky individual like me!
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 fantastic article! I'm a 36/38 and some/ALOT of shorts come up way too small.. TLD Ruckus are brilliant in this respect.
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 Good review. Maybe the same for skinny guys like me (191 75 Kg) most upper body garments resemble tents......
If long enough mostly way too wide.
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 Could you please do the same for +size in terms of length? I'm 6'5 and feel like every pants which is supposed to be "long" turns into a 3/4 short.
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 Good stuff Pinkbike. It's always a bit of a gamble buying mtb clothes when you're bigger.
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 I really hate when jerseys accentuate my bust. The ladies keep looking at my chest and not my eyes.
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 I miss Patrik with cyclocross season cancelled. Good to see his shining smile on Pink Bike!
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 I found that my fasthouse dh pants and shorts fit very well, and I’m 6’5” 260lbs
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 Now we need one for us real plus size guys. I’m 6ft 300 42-44 waist but ride like a demon I have found aerotech designs about only company makes good shorts for us big guys
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 I'm going to look them up thanks man!
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 What a great feature, 6'3, 220 and struggle to find well fitting jerseys (either too tight or way too baggy, usually xl size). I wish there was a x1/2xl size.
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 Troy lee has gone blue steel!
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 great stuff. some good insight here for me
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 sweat all the way down, but I was just on the limit.....not a plus rider yet
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 Will check these after lockdown
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 MTB apparel makes Fatboy Slim.
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 Now do it for skinny mtbers!!!
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 I agree I am 176 cm 67 kg and for example Fox shirts are good for the length but huge for the width
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 Pinkbike. You're amazing. Thank you for thinking of this, thank for these two articles!
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 but why male models?
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 this isnt the article about females.
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 @NivlacEloop: zoolander my dude
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 @NivlacEloop: he can't turn left.
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 @fruitsd79: he's not an ambi turner? he must have went to the school for ants.
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 Can we have plus size wheel reviews too. Big boys break things and we want to know what willl hold up.
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 Please please please pinkbike, gets these guys to do the Huck to Flat!!!
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 T shirt and a pair of board shorts is all you need
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 Hell yeah, brother.
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 Dude already looks faster in the POC.
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 Bike reviews with guys over 220 would be pretty sweet!
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 Nukeproof mega comp and vitus sentier vrx are my rides. 6'1" 260.
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 @fruitsd79: Evil has been good to me, started off on a Calling earlier in the year and then found a killer deal on an Offering. 6' 270+ ( been avoiding scales for a bit)
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 If you have a longer-travel 29er, put a Zeb on it. Life-changing for a big boy or girl.
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 @DrPete: i believe it. went from a 34 to a 36 and that was awesome. dont need the bigger size as much anymore but it made losing the excess so much more enjoyable. and now i have a more confidence inspiring ride
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 What shammies keep the boys in place and out of the way comfortably?
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 I am becoming a big fan of the North Shore Shammy from Beneath. Only had for about a mount so can’t speak for durability yet, but OMG are they comfortable

www.bn3th.com/products/north-shore-bike-chamois-black
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 @NERyder: Thanks, looks awesome. I have mostly Beneath trunks, I had no idea they made a shammy! Unfortunately, all sold out and 8 weeks until restock, but I'll try 'em.
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 This article made me so wet I want those beards you big naughty rascals
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 are these e-bike compatible?
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 these guys are what i call propper models!
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 God bless you pinkbike! Thank you.
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 These were the only sizes available on Black Friday!!
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 Since when is 193cm and 98kg considering plus size?
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 fat slobs can and should ride
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 Or is that Magnum?
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 Do Plus Size Mountainbikers have to ride Plus Size Mountainbikes in order to match their Plus Size Mountainbike clothes
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 Some guys are just bigger than others.
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 @fruitsd79: some girls too
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 Duds for dad bods
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 Thanks for this team!
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 Alpha males
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 Covid got to my belly too
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