In not much over a week Iím embarking on a multi-year tour / working holiday in Costa Rica and Panama for the fist 6 months and then a few years in Australia and New Zealand. Iíve only ever been to a few countries in Europe (I'm British) and never a hot country before, while I only started cycling as an adult this year and I've never toured or cycle camped yet, so Iím jumping in the deep-end somewhat and donít know what Iím doing that well yet.
Iíve figured out most of my kit selections by now after lots of research and reading of kit lists and reviews but Iím struggling with what cycling shorts best suited to the tropical heat. Iíve never worn cycling specific clothing before.
I want baggy shorts or suggestions for two shorts to wear layered on top, I flat out refuse to wear just lycra, especially as Iím unfit and probably bordering on overweight right now.
Iím finding most shops selling mostly or entirely black shorts, which I gather is the last colour wanted for tropical heat/humidity.
Iím going to be sitting on a Brooks Flyer Special saddle, which I gather reduces the need for padding like many cycle shorts have.
Any suggestions on what sort of features I want or donít want or specific makes or shorts I should go for?