Nzo Dobies shorts review

Supremely comfortable mountain bike shorts

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The Dobies outer shorts are Nzo’s trademark product and are what made the brand what it is today. BikeRadar recently reviewed the Nzo Sifter shorts and found that their performance and style were both great. Nzo say the Dobies are even better for riding.

The Dobies feature a unique integrated pad at the seat of the shorts. The pad isn’t thick like a quality chamois; it has a soft feel and is designed to be worn with a padded inner short. Alternatively, the brave can just go commando! The 'free' feeling wasn’t for us, so we used an inner short.

A draw-cord and elasticated waist gave plenty of flexibility in the size and was very comfortable when we were seated on the bike. Unlike the Sifters, the Dobies' sizing was spacious and offered plenty of winter-time growing room.  

Large stretch panels across the backside helped to keep the shorts in place. Further stretch panels at the legs provided a soft feel and ensured there was no resistance during pedalling.

The durable materials used weren’t the lightest or most breathable, especially when used in conjunction with a pair of undershorts, but were comfortable enough, even on scorching days. 

The only storage on offer was open side pockets and a zippered leg pocket. These pockets were shaped perfectly though, and held items securely while on the bike without interfering with pedalling.

Nzo dobies shorts - the black panels are stretchy and soft to touch:
Nzo dobies shorts - the black panels are stretchy and soft to touch:

The Dobies aren’t the most stylish shorts on the market but that’s not crucial criteria for comfortable riding shorts.

Without the inclusion of an inner short, the Dobies are priced on the high side. We still feel they're good value though, given the overall quality, and judging by how many people are riding in 10-year-old pairs, they last really well. The Dobies are definitely the most comfortable baggy shorts we have ever used.

David Rome

Editor, Australia
Having worked full-time within the cycling industry since 2006, Dave is a former editor of BikeRadar Australia. Riding and racing mountain, road and 'cross for over a decade, Dave's passion lies in the sport's technical aspects, and his tool collection is a true sign of that.
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 79cm / 31in
  • Chest: 89cm / 35in
  • Discipline: Mountain, road and cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Fast and flowing singletrack with the occasional air is the dream. Also happy chasing tarmac bends.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 27.5, SwiftCarbon Detritovore, Salsa Chilli Con Crosso
  • Dream Bike: Custom Independent Fabrications titanium, SRAM Etap and Enve wheels/cockpit
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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