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Mescal Ventilated Short

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, and is our first outer short made-to-order in Old Fort, USA.

Pairs well with a Zen Ventilated Cycling Liner.
Make Mine Now means when you buy it, we'll make it.

Note: When you place your order today you will wait at least 4 weeks for your shorts to ship. Why? Because we make each pair of shorts to order, due to our deep commitment to waste less. We stay in touch by email, and your purchase date determines your place in line. 
  • Durable soft shell for high mobility
  • Generous stretch-mesh paneling at waist, rear yoke, and back of knees ensures maximum active ventilation
  • Tailored fit ensures short won’t snag on saddle or flap in the wind
  • Simplified alloy hook at the waist enables 3 inches of adjustability
  • Articulated waistband subtly raised in back and lowered at sides to ensure complete coverage while reducing potential hotspots
  • Sculpted back of each knee bends discreetly with knee so it won’t brush your calves with each pedal stroke
  • Zippered side pockets for easy access and perfectly placed storage
  • Inset mesh fabric interfaces with mesh ventilation panels on the Zen Ventilated Cycling Liner
  • Reflective elements on the back and side
  • Sewn in the USA (Old Fort, NC)


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.


Our crew often rides hard and we are here for you when things go awry. If you crash and trash your Kitsbow, get in touch with us.

If it can be repaired, we'll do that for a reasonable charge. If it can't be repaired (if you were really ripping it), we'll figure out a way to get you back on your bike wearing Kitsbow anyway. Just get in touch. The same policy applies to typical wear and tear: we'll repair it for a reasonable charge (if it can be repaired) or get you back into Kitsbow some other way if it cannot be repaired.


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Jon s.
United States United States
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Amazingly cool and comfortable shorts

I love these shorts... they are the coolest and most ventilated short that I have ever worn. Nice work once again Kitsbow!

David M.
United States United States
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Meticulous construction - Great if it fits you and your style of riding

Ok, So I am admittedly pretty obsessive about my riding apparel - I prefer understated, functional, and great designs. I have tried so hard to adopt more kitsbow products - great ethos, and I commend the commitment to sustainability. Challenge is I can't seem to find that perfect fit and function. Second time trying these shorts; they are beautiful and, at first, seem to feel really good. The belt is interesting in that when unbuckled, the weight of the clasp is very noticeable - it disappears when buckled. Challenge is that there's no keeper unless it's pulled all the way across - which seems to defeat the adjustability? Oh - and perhaps I'm just strangely built, but if I do pull it all the way across its just bunches the front of the short...I ride fairly dynamically, as in moving up and around on the saddle as I would assume most MTBers do.. for me, the short just doesn't stay in place, and I keep catching the saddle. For reference - I typically wear a size 34 short and purchased a large. From past trials, a kitsbow Medium would be too small. Guess these are going back, I do have a couple of pairs of the liners (large), and they are great. I will keep trying...

Adin M.
United States United States
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Surprised by material!

These will get a proper shakedown this weekend, in the heat. Upon first try on I am amaze by the fabric- they are so light, and wonderfully stretchy. No other shorts even compare to the quality here. The Mescal Ventilated is More form fitting than the heavier Masterlink shorts (3 year old versuib) , which I wear in shoulder seasons and the winter. Being super light and form fitting, I expect these Mescal shorts to be wonderful for warm weather rides .- really excited to get out with them. I'm 5'10", 170lbs. 2 beers/week . Size Small. I'd suggest people looking for a looser fit, size up a bit. I love the tight fit for hard riding efforts.

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United States United States
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Fantastic Spring & Summer shorts

My favorite shorts yet from Kitsbow. Really well made and wonderfully lightweight,. An essential purchase - highly recommended.

Jamie W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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Almost great

I bought xl and i should have bought a size below. That was my mistake and i am ok with that. The issue i have is the belt doesn’t hold firm... for this price that isnt good enough. Fix that and these are amazing. As is average. Sorry. Keen to go for a masterlink or Haskell next but been waiting ages for stock