Nzo Dobies shorts review

Supremely comfortable mountain bike shorts

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
AUD $109.00

Our review

Possibly the most comfortable outer-short with long-life durability
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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:
David Rome/Future Publishing

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.

Product Specifications


Name Dobies shorts
Brand NZO

Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens Womens
Care Instructions Machine-Washable
Fastening Type Drawstring Elasticated
No. of Pockets 3
Shorts Type Baggy
Draw-Chord Waistband Yes
Elasticated Waist Yes
Loose Fit Yes
Clothing Pads Protect Padded Chamoix Seat
Tear Resistant Yes
Adjustable Waistband Yes