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Woman's shorts vs men?

Old 05-14-15, 10:24 PM
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Woman's shorts vs men?

Wondering if any women are on this forum and have any info on wearing men's shorts?? Looking for a good pair of shorts for my wife? She has been wearing a Voler short. I like them , but they are pretty see thru, and are wearing out quick on the seams in the crotch. Anyone have any success with any other brand ? Men's or woman's .
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Old 05-14-15, 11:19 PM
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The chamois may have different shape and there will probably be more room in the back for a proper butt. Women also have hips. If your wife is a curvy woman, the men's may not fit as well. I liked the Performance Elite womens, but that was three years ago. They changed the pad and the shorts felt more the chamois was a diaper.
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Better to get her a women-specific pair. I wear men's shorts from time to time with no problem but I notice the difference. Women's shorts have wider padding on the butt while men's shorts have more padding on the front. The narrower men's padding wasn't an issue or long rides as I don't have particularly wide sit bones, but I feel that if the pad were just a little bit narrower, it would dig in to my butt and chafe. Also all the padding on the front is totally unnecessary.

I recommend Altura.
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Men's chamois also have a cutout strip down the middle to avoid pinching the nerves down there. (Same reason why some men's saddles have cutouts.) Men's chamois also sometimes have what's called a "modesty panel" where a thinner piece of fabric (not chamois) goes further up in the front to... hide things...

If the men's chamois is wide enough, I don't see any problem with a woman using it. I wouldn't recommend the other way around though. (Men using women's)
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Women's shorts/bibs will have a different shaped chamois. Your wife likely will appreciate a women's fit over a men's.
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My wife likes the Pearl Izumi Women's Attack shorts.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
Men's chamois also have a cutout strip down the middle to avoid pinching the nerves down there. (Same reason why some men's saddles have cutouts.) Men's chamois also sometimes have what's called a "modesty panel" where a thinner piece of fabric (not chamois) goes further up in the front to... hide things...

If the men's chamois is wide enough, I don't see any problem with a woman using it. I wouldn't recommend the other way around though. (Men using women's)
Women's saddles have cutouts too. Some would say they benefit from them more than men.
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After many years of dedicated research, I've concluded that men and women are significantly different in the pelvic region.

Another vote for getting women-specific shorts.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Women's saddles have cutouts too. Some would say they benefit from them more than men.
True, I was just going on videos I've seen of chamois products from this site.

Convert your shorts into padded cycling shorts with a replacement pad.

They sometimes talk about the differences between the mens and women's version and I remember them saying what I said above.
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Has she tried anything from Terry?
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(Woman here)

There are tons of options for women's shorts--she should start trying them, unless the men's shorts are working great for her. I have not found success with men's shorts for a couple reasons.

First, I have a large difference between the circumference of my waist and hips, so if the men's shorts are large enough not to be see-through around my hips, the waist gaps hugely, and they are in constant danger of falling down (and men's bib straps are too long for me).

Second, as alluded to by some posters, men and women have different topography in the pelvic area (can you say genitals on BF?). A couple men's chamois that I have ridden on had channels--presumably to provide relief for male problems?--that folded/creased on me and alternately pinched or chafed my labia. That was not fun.

Brands I have liked, remembering that this is very individual:
Castelli
Rapha
Velocio
Pear Izumi (shorts with P. R. O. chamois)

She might want to check out Team Estrogen. It is a webstore for women cyclists (and runners and swimmers) with great products, as well as useful information and good customer support.

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Haha. Thanks for the research
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great info, thanks for the response
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