This is the summer I’m stepping up my mountain biking, and next to the bike, the item I needed most was padded shorts. My search ended with the Endura Hummvee II. Overbuilt, like the military vehicle with the same name, these shorts have six pockets, zippered thigh vents, and durable ripstop nylon fabric that repeals water. The best part: they come with a Clickfast liner, so you can remove the pad and wear the shorts around town. The liner also has elastic bands around the thigh area to keep them from riding up when you’re riding up.
Available at area stores; $90.