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AACK! Too much padding in shorts X3!

Old 06-19-10, 09:59 AM
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AACK! Too much padding in shorts X3!

I am replacing some bike shorts - old Tindale, Cannondale, and Trek - these shorts have thousands of miles on them, and some have been worn and washed (by hand, and hung to dry) for decades. The three new shorts I have tried, Canari, Perl Izumi, and Performance brands, have a HUGE chunk of foam padding. It feels strange walking in these things, and the foam padding is chafing in new places that I am not used to. These new shorts also take longer to dry - I am riding in 100+ degree heat in Texas.

I am not satisfied at all with the new "padding technology". Is there any new short manufacurer that just includes a chamois or synthethic pad without a large chunk of foam rubber padding? I now know the meaning of others who complain of feeling like they are wearing diapers. I have gone to the bike shops, and ordered online. It seems that the huge pad is in fashion.

Does anyone here know of a good quality bike short with just a minimal chamois/synthentic pad without the useless bulky foam padding?

thanks in advance,

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Triathlon shorts tend to be less padded, since they need to dry quickly after the swim portion. They do also tend to be shorter than road shorts, which may or may not be an issue for you.
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Old 06-20-10, 09:19 AM
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You say that you are not satisfied with the new padding technology. I know that you didn't mention Assos shorts or bibs. But I really like mine.
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