The North Face are entering the mountain biking market and they mean business. We’ve been riding in their Levada lightweight baggy shorts for over a month and we’re impressed. Making a baggy mountain bike short should be simple, but we’ve seen plenty of attempts from big name outdoor brands sink without trace.
TNF have used a cut that's neither too baggy, too tight, too long or too short. It’s right in the middle so likely to please most people. The material is a lightweight ripstop polyester with a bit of stretch, which feels good to pedal in. The side panels are a heavier weight polyester fabric with a soft, slightly brushed ﬁnish adding durability, structure and improved look.
The shorts sport twin hand warmer pockets and twin zipped pockets on the outside edge of the lower legs. The liner, another item that regularly scuppers mountain bike shorts, is pretty good, with a close but unrestrictive ﬁt and quality Italian synthetic chamois that has been given an anti-pong silver treatment. We’ve used better liners but as a package the two elements work well.