Riding my hardtail was hard on my tail until I picked up a pair of Patagonia’s Endless Ride Liner Shorts. These mountain-bike-specific liners are aptly named—I ride more, and go farther, now that my crotch isn’t beaten to oblivion. The protective chamois pad is thick, spongy, and malleable, saving my butt from abuse without inhibiting freedom of movement. The stretchy fabric fits snug and mesh panels keep me cool, even when worn with regular shorts over the top—which is always, because I’m not an exhibitionist. Available at Round House; $79.