Back in 2017 I wrote a review about these Race Face Stage Shorts and I was in love. It’s been three years so I wanted to follow up with a long-term review to let you know how durable they have been and if I still love them. Here is part of what I said in 2017:
I am a connoisseur of mountain bike shorts since I spend a lot of time in them and figure that time might as well be spent in the best shorts I can find. Recently I tried some Race Face Stage Shorts and love them. Race Face nailed most of my shorts wishlist when they designed these bad boys.
- Light durable material that dries quick
- No vents [particularly ones you can’t close]
- Long inseam so they cover the tops of my knee pads
- Baggy fit without getting ridiculous
- Belt loops
- High waist at rear
- Reinforced at high wear areas
- Easy to pee
- Looks good
- Colours don’t suck
In fact the only criticism I have of these shorts is I prefer deep front pockets without a zip, but that’s not a deal breaker at all.
I’ve been using these shorts almost exclusively for my regular mountain bike rides over the last few years and I have not had one issue with durability or even crash damage. They’ve held up really really well. They are comfortable all year round in the PNWet which is great. I don’t have to think twice what to wear. They manage to be warm in the moist cool winter here and cool in the hot dry summers. Despite getting filthy they wash up nicely and other than grease seem to shed stains easily. I love the long 15″ inseam. It’s the perfect length for my preferences and has ruined me on shorter inseam shorts.
Unfortunately it seems that Race Face has “improved” the Stage Short for 2020 by changing the inseam from 15″ to 12″-12.75″. Bummer. Over the years I have picked up a few additional pairs of these shorts so I’ll probably be wearing them for the next 10 years! If you like longer inseam shorts and the 2019 models sound awesome to you they are still available on close out at a few vendors for ~50% off, which is a great deal. Companies “improving” products I love and making them less amazing for me is the story of my life so I am not surprised.
As a note these shorts do not come with a padded liner. I don’t wear padded bike shorts so that’s perfect for me as I usually have to pay for a padded liner, remove them and throw them away. However, if that’s something you want you’ll have to buy one separately.
So yeah I love love love these shorts. 🙂