Mescal Ventilated Short

Size Guide

SIZECHART - Mescal Ventilated Short

WAIST* 28 30 32 34 36 38
INSEAM 12.875


71.12 76.2 81.28 86.36 91.44 96.52

*Note: Measurements above reflect actual garment measurements.

40 reviews
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  • Go faster, stay cooler, ride harder in the short built to breathe. The exceptionally lightweight and carefully tailored Mescal Ventilated Short maximizes airflow for all-day climbs and brutal descents.

    Pair with the new Ventilated Cycling Liner


    • All Mountain
    • Mild Climate
    • Warm Climate
    • Breathable
    • Wind Resistant

Go faster, stay cooler, ride harder in the improved lightweight short built to breathe

Like riding naked, only better. A tough and technical ride short optimized with mesh panels for max airflow. Updated refinements include a built-in belt and auto-locking zip for a comfortable, perfect fit that will make this durable softshell short seem to disappear beneath you.

Fabrication & Features

  • Highly mobile, but remarkably durable soft shell
  • Generous stretch mesh paneling in front, waist, and sides ensure maximum active ventilation
  • Tailored profile ensures short won’t snag on saddle or flap in the wind on fast descents
  • Simplified alloy hook at the waist enable a full 3 inches of adjustability
  • Articulated waistband subtly raised in back and lowered at sides to ensure complete coverage while reducing potential hotspots
  • The back of each knee breaks right where your knees bend and is shaped so it won’t brush your calves with the pedal stroke
  • Zippered side pockets are reversed and contoured for easy access and comfortable storage
  • “Low profile fly construction” - we eliminated the snap with a beefier auto-locking zip and inner snap, but no big snap. it’s more comfortable on your belly under the belt.
  • Inset mesh fabric on back yoke interfaces with mesh ventilation panels on the Ventilated Cycling Liner
  • Reflective hits on the back and side
  • Subtle Kitsbow embroidery


"The Kitsbow Ventilated V2 is the recently updated version of our previous Editors' Choice Award for trail and cross country riding, the Kitsbow A/M Ventilated, and the new version maintains that top step on the podium. Attention to detail and very thoughtful design make these shorts the best fitting and pedal friendly in our test selection."

Kitsbow Ventilated V2 Review
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Tyler B.
United States United States
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Great shorts / bad bottom seam.

Love the shorts but after buying two pairs both had the same issue where the glued seam would come undone after one wash. I took both pairs to my local seamstress and sowed the hims. Problem solved.

Matthew M.
United States United States
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Great XC shorts

These fit great and feel great the 4 way stretch makes you feel like your not wearing anything. Time will tell on durability I have maybe 60miles on them and they do not seem to be showing any wear. Only complaint I wish there was a better button above the zipper but the belt does a great job holding up.

Jeff P.
United States United States
2nd Pair

Second pair! Love these shorts. So light, like not having them there.

Inness E.
United States United States
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Great shorts with excellent build quality and challenging sizing.

As a lover of smokey mexican liquors I was stoked as I unboxed my Mezcal shorts. I have been very impressed with Kitsbow's quality and style and these shorts looked the part immediately. Handy setup with pockets that actually work and a unique belt design I was immediately smitten, pulled them on and went out and hit up my local ride as happy as a clam. With just the right amount of stretch and breath-ability they worked fantastic in Colorado in August. After a few rides the honeymoon was over. I was still impressed with the fantastic performance and durability, I crashed in them at least 3 times between the downhill park and my local front range trails and they held up great but each time I wore them they seemed to be looser and looser. I've been biking a lot lately, but not so much that I lost 20lbs, and that's what they felt like after about 100 miles and maybe 3 or 4 washes. Now they have stretched out enough that I can't use them on a normal ride with any technical climbing, too baggy in the crotch and leg so they are constantly catching on my saddle. Frustrating to say the least for a $155 pair of shorts my wife wont stop shaming me for splurging on. Really solid shorts, just wish I knew they would soften up and stretch out and I would have ordered a size small instead of the mediums. Ended up tucking my head in shame and giving them to my 6'4" 230 lb riding buddy, he loves them, especially at his price point! I am 6' tall and 175lbs, ordered size medium, should have ordered small! Keep sending it!

Nancy P.
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Nice for women too!

Unfortunately Kitsbow doesn't have a version of these shorts in their Women's collection so what's a gal to do? Order a pair from the Men's collection, of course! I am a relatively standard Women's M but I ordered a Men's M after trying on my husband's size S short (he loves them as well) as I prefer a bit looser fit around the thighs and I don't like anything tight around my waist. Happily they seem to fit nicely, even with my Tsali merino wool shorts underneath. I wore them on a ride this morning - completely forgot that they were even there, they are so lightweight and comfy. I am generally a road rider but wanted some longer, more 'normal-looking' shorts for cycle touring. I think these will do the trick - and they are actually quite comfortable to wear just as shorts, with the added benefit of being long enough to cover my bike tan line from my bike shorts! Another Kitsbow product showing its versatility. Looking forward to trying them out in our home country of Australia this summer, where the ventilation will be appreciated.

Kitsbow Mescal Ventilated Short Review

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