Race Face Stash Liner shorts review

Amazing undershorts with a few tricks

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As bikes and tires have gotten better, the need to carry a pile of tools, spare parts and a couple of tubes has greatly diminished. But to be prepared out on the trails you still need some essentials, and that's where Race Face's Stash line of gear comes in. 

Thigh pockets are built for gels, but are capable of carrying other items as well
Thigh pockets are built for gels, but are capable of carrying other items as well

Race Face Stash Liner shorts specs

  • Butterfly mesh liner
  • Mesh panels welded along outer legs
  • TMF Italian-made chamois with anti-bacterial technology
  • Soft brushed elastic waistband
  • Zippered STASH pocket below back waistband at lumbar
  • Fuel storage pockets hide gel packs at left and right thigh for easy access while pedalling
  • Silicone gripper at leg cuff opening
  • 92% polyester, 8% spandex

Race Face's Stash Liner shorts have a couple worthy extras
Race Face's Stash Liner shorts have a couple worthy extras

Race Face Stash Liner shorts storage

The "Stash" part of the name reveals what makes these liners interesting. Two small pockets are located on the outer thighs and one zippered pocket takes residence on back just below the waistband. While the thigh pockets are meant for gels, the right one even has a little fuel symbol by it, on rides where I didn't need food I found them equally suitable for carrying a small multi-tool. The pockets are small, but kept whatever I stuffed into them secure and more importantly wiggle and bounce free. 

The rear pocket is great for thin items, think credit card, cash or ID
The rear pocket is great for thin items, think credit card, cash or ID

The rear zipped pocket I found ideal for cash or a credit card, and car keys as well. An older, smaller phone might fit back there but it would have to be pretty slim as the pocket doesn't have much room. The flat zipper was a very nice touch as a standard, more bulky zipper would inevitably dig in and rub your skin.   

Race Face Stash Liner shorts ride

Race Face bucks the trend of borderline worthless chamois liners thanks to its inclusion of an Italian-sourced pad. The chamois itself is far from bulky but it certainly agreed with me, seeing me through numerous days of quick spins to upwards of riding six or more hours. 

The Italian-made chamois is comfortable and supportive
The Italian-made chamois is comfortable and supportive

Another brilliant aspect of the Stash Liners are the mesh panels that line the thighs from the waistband to the pockets. These shorts are meant to be solely worn under baggies so the mesh construction and even thinner side panels are a breezy reprieve from overheating in more substantial liner shorts. 

The vents are see through
The vents are see through

The thigh grippers did their thing without fuss or complaint. Race Face places them vertically rather than horizontally, and they worked well for me. I didn't really notice them or ever need to tug the legs down, and that's about the highest praise thigh grippers could receive.

The waistband was noticeable however. It's tall and proudly displays who made these liners. One other note is that sizing seems to run a bit large.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Age: 38
  • Height: 6'3"/190cm
  • Weight: 175lb/79kg
  • Waist: 34in/86cm
  • Chest: 42in / 107cm
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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