The Kaweah | Women's Bike Short

Size Guide


We don’t believe in compromise, which is why we made the Kaweah women’s mountain bike short: a do-everything, go-anywhere short that will keep you on the bike during those long summer evenings or chilly fall mornings. The Kaweah is designed with a durable polyester/elastane blend to give you a breathable mountain bike short that wicks sweat while moving with your pedal stroke. A DWR finish ensures that even the muddiest puddles won’t dampen your style.

The Kaweah prints bring some extra detail compared to the Freel with our popular Ranunculus print (an all-season print, not just for base layers) and mountain-town-Milky-Way-inspired Constellation (It’s back! Can you spot the Wild Rye mountains?)

You might be wondering what the difference is between the Kaweah and Freel. Well, we’re here to answer your questions! The two shorts share a lot in common: water repellency, a great fit, phenomenal style, and durability. The main differences you’ll find are in the fabric and thus the price! The Kaweah is a polyester blend, while the Freel is nylon. If you buy shorts from any of our fellow MTB loving brands, you’ll be familiar with a polyester short. It’s the workhorse. 

If you're still not sure how to pick the best shorts for you, check out our new Kaweah vs Freel comparison chart, here.

  • 90% poly, 10% spandex
  • Water repellant
  • Breathable
  • UPF 50
  • Front Pockets
  • Storage pocket big enough for your iPhone, sunglasses, or energy bar.
  • Gusseted crotch
  • 220gs

Studio Model: 5'5", 133lbs and wearing a size 6

 How to Fit: 

  • NOTE: If you bought a size 0, 2 or 4 Kaweah Short from the 2019 season please refer to our updated size chart as fit of our smallest sizes has changed.
  • Otherwise, if you are new to Wild Rye and used to sizing up for mountain bike shorts, we suggest you order your Wild Rye garment true to size.  Our shorts are designed with a fabric and fit that allow mobility without having to round up sizes. We’ve also eliminated the waist band gap, so you don’t have to.
  • For reference, check out our handy fit chart.

How to Care for Your Garment:

No special care necessary—although we recommend machine wash cold, tumble dry and no bleach. Otherwise, ride, wash, dry, repeat.  Enjoy!

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