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Short Inseam Road Shorts for Women

Old 05-14-23, 11:55 AM
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Short Inseam Road Shorts for Women

Hi - I have been riding for a long time, but have yet to find a pair of perfect shorts. I am only 5'2" and I need something with an inseam that is 5"-6". I have tried Louis Garneu, Terry, Sugoi, and the top tier shorts that I see on Competitive Cyclist only come in lengths 7" or longer. Those literally go to my knees. Right now I have a pretty good pair from AeroTech Designs, which is great for my daily 20 mile rides, but I would like a somewhat thicker pad for longer rides. I have tried Terry shorts too, but those tend to ride up when they get wet. The pads are not the greatest, at least not Castelli great. But it has been awhile since I tried any of their shorts because of bad experiences in the past. Maybe they have improved?

Tried these and returned them:
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/s...y-short-womens
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/l...5-short-womens - these ride up. Annoying as hell when trying to ride and pulling them down all the time.
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/l...-shorts-womens - these are 7" but thought I could try. To my knees. LOL

This is the current pair I have, but would like a better pad.
https://aerotechdesigns.com/atd-fit-...le-shorts.html

I love my Castelli tights and I have Castelli bibs, but apparently Italians are not short? I am sad I cannot find anything on the level of Castelli that has shorter inseams. I would try bibs, but all the bibs I have looked at are 7" or longer.

Please for the love of short girls, maybe someone knows something I missed.
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Maybe ask Chlo Dygert.

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My wife has two pairs of Sugoi "RS Shorty" shorts. I think these are her favorite shorts. I looked them up, and of course they aren't a thing anymore. I think I read somewhere that tri shorts tend to have shorter inseams. here is the best pic i can find, but her legs aren't really in the picture. I guess all you can tell is they are significantly above her knees. For reference she is around 5'3".

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Check threads for women triathlon riders, or local shops. Most of the women I've seen locally who compete in triathlon wear shorty padded shorts for training rides and competition. No idea where they buy 'em. I've thought about asking but it seems like a weird question from a guy they don't know.

My thighs are somewhat disproportionately long and most standard padded cycling shorts and bibs don't reach anywhere near my knees. Gives me that classic 1960s-early '70s look when cyclists, boxers and basketball players rocked those short shorts.

BTW, a recent techie article about Remco Evenepoel said in testing he was faster wearing short shorts than the currently fashionable knee-length bibs and TT skin suits. I can't find the link but basically they were trying to discover his secret sauce for effortless speed and concluded he's gifted with a physique that's perfect for cycling (especially on a TT bike), in addition to his engine and work ethic.
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Pearl Izumi Sugar Shorts

https://www.pearlizumi.com/products/...CABEgJ05fD_BwE
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There used to be a "secret" women only forum here. Ask a moderator.
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Originally Posted by big john
There used to be a "secret" women only forum here. Ask a moderator.
Thanks, I looked there, but it seemed like there were no threads there? Odd.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Maybe ask Chlo Dygert.

Darn it, she is 5'9" - so they probably just look short on her long legs. LOL
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Originally Posted by Redhed
Thanks, I looked there, but it seemed like there were no threads there? Odd.
Maybe they discontinued it?
I knew some women who liked PI Sugar Shorts. Seems like they're still available.
Pearl Izumi - Women's Sugar 5" Short | Outdoor Gear Exchange (gearx.com)
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Originally Posted by big john
Maybe they discontinued it?
I knew some women who liked PI Sugar Shorts. Seems like they're still available.
Pearl Izumi - Women's Sugar 5" Short | Outdoor Gear Exchange (gearx.com)
I am going to try a pair. That is one brand I have not really tried in the past 10 years or so. Thanks!
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