Review: POC Trail WO Mountain Bike Shorts

“Baggies,” in my opinion, are necessary on the trail.  I personally don’t like to parade about in spandex, so comfortable trail shorts to wear over said spandex are crucial.  But finding a pair that has plenty of give, yet will also stay in place when I’m moving about on the bike, is difficult.  Enter the POC Trail WO Bike Shorts.


The Trail WO shorts, which come in either a bright teal green or navy blue, feature two-way nylon-spandex stretch. They also have two front pockets, a zip pocket on the thigh, and velcro waist adjustments. These shorts are simple and effective. The logo stands out, but isn’t really “in your face” on the right leg.


The shorts come in sizes from XS to L.  While I normally order larges in shorts, I got a medium in these, and they fit great.

The Trail WO doesn’t come with a chamois, but fits easily over my current liners.

Out on the Trail

Out on the trail, the POC shorts surpassed any others I’ve used!  Most of mine are just hiking shorts, and so they don’t have stretch or velcro adjustments–features which I have grown to love. These shorts are very comfortable. The two-way stretch is apparent, as the shorts move with me, no matter what I’m doing.


When dropping or climbing ledges, the shorts don’t hinder my efforts at all.  They stay in place, don’t snag on the bike seat, and don’t affect my mobility in any negative ways.


When cruising along easier sections of trail I don’t feel like the shorts are tight on my legs.  Like Goldilocks and her porridge, these shorts fit “just right.”

I did discover that my iphone fits perfectly in the zippered front pocket, but I still prefer to keep it in my pack in order to protect it from potential crashes.  Still, having this pocket is great for gels and chapstick.

Bottom Line

POC has produced a great pair of women’s-specific mountain bike shorts in the Trail WO. With classy styling, a great cut, and highly functional features, these have quickly become a staple in my singletrack closet!

MSRP: $90

Thanks to POC for sending the Trail WO over for review!