For many roadies, cross-country endurance events are the obvious entry point to the mountain bike world, largely because we can wear similar kit. This includes the Yeti Cycles Men's Ironton XC Bib Shorts, which adapt the bib model that we asphalt adventurers are so comfortable with to life on the trail. We do recognize that there's a place for baggies, but fast, hardtail-fueled races on hardpack trails aren't that place. The shorts' four-way stretch fabric outclass awkward, pedal-hampering baggies by riding tight and allowing a full range of motion in the saddle. No hang-ups on the nose; no catching knees. The material's gentle compression also recommends the shorts for a life spent pedaling up rather than (just) coasting down, and the material is far better at managing moisture than even the most well-intentioned baggies. For more casual laps, the Ironton can of course be layered under baggies, but when speed is the only concern, then there's no substitute for Lycra.