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Women's Road Bike Shorts

Old 08-21-07, 03:29 PM
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Women's Road Bike Shorts

Hi, I'm new to road biking and looking to get a good pair of biking shorts, I've tried a bunch on and they all feel like I am wearing a diaper. It seems that the women's shorts do not have the same padding as the guys shorts. I'd love some recommendations from women who actually ride and have tried different shorts. Thanks
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Old 08-21-07, 03:33 PM
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My wife has a pair of Zoot tri shorts that she loves (tri shorts have thinner chamois so they don't stay damp as long after the swim). I think she also has a pair of Treks with a thin chamois, and she likes those a lot. She complained about the diaper sensation with other shorts as well.
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I have an old pair of Louis Garneau. They have a decent chamois, which you may find diaperish if you are walking around, but after 40 miles on a bike, they are wonderful. I also have a pair of Pearl Izumi's that are okay decent, but definitely thick, and a pair of Hind that do not work for me. I also have some PI and Canari tights that have much thinner padding. I actually find the padding on those tights to be too little.

One thing that I have found is that it sometimes is best to get a smaller size than you think you need. My Hind shorts are too large. As a result, the padding has a bad tendency to bunch up and to catch on my seat.
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Old 08-21-07, 03:56 PM
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I'm a great fan of Sugoi for women's shorts. Seem to have padding in better places than the other brands I have. Various prices, and various thicknesses.
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Old 08-21-07, 04:09 PM
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My wife gto some PI Sugar shorts exactly for that reason, she lked the thinner chamois, but after a coup[le of rides and some chafing, she went back and got PI Ultrasensors.
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Old 08-21-07, 04:10 PM
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I recently bought a pair of Castelli Women's Visio shorts and they are now my favorites. They are incredibly comfortable and the padding is much less than my PIs and Nikes.

Just be careful with the color you choose, I bought the red ones and they are a bit see through.
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Old 08-21-07, 04:12 PM
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The girlfriend loves her voler bibs.

https://velowear.com/products/1120154BLKXSM.aspx

That's right, bibs. For women.
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Old 08-21-07, 04:18 PM
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I'm pretty new to this, but I have Shebeest Nirvana Shorts that I just love. But again, I don't have a whole lot of experience to compare, except for a pair of underliner shorts that really felt like a diaper to me.
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Old 08-21-07, 04:26 PM
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I love the Zoot shorts for shorter rides...the pad is really comfortable. For pulling off a century or longer, or doing some long climbs, I prefer the diaper pads of the Descent shorts! Different shorts for different rides. Check out https://www.teamestrogen.com/ Of course there are more expensive brands...these are affordable.
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Old 08-21-07, 05:33 PM
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A couple years ago I tried Etxe Ondo shorts, and they are the best. No diaper feel, chamois seems thin, but they work really well. They are a bit expensive, but they are so much better than everything else I've tried, I'd rather save up for a couple of pairs of those than have twice as many of any other brand. There are some good sales on Etxe Ondo right now at Colorado Cyclist and Terry, so it's a good time to try them. They have shorts and bibs, love them both.
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Originally Posted by bellad View Post
Hi, I'm new to road biking and looking to get a good pair of biking shorts, I've tried a bunch on and they all feel like I am wearing a diaper. It seems that the women's shorts do not have the same padding as the guys shorts.
When I first started riding, I had to buy men's shorts as there were no women's available. As far as I can tell, they *all* have the diaper feel. But, it's easy to check for yourself. Just go to your LBS and try on some men's shorts. Then you'll know for sure if there is a difference.

To be honest, my old men's Descente shorts would still be my favorites if they didn't have actual leather chamois in them . The waistline was lower and *much* more comfortable.

My favorite women's shorts are either PI (great chamois) or Terry Lowriders (non-binding waistband). If I could just breed those two together and get the best characteristics of both, I'd have the perfect pair. But, to be honest, they'd *still* feel like diapers off the bike.
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I love my PI Ultrasensors.
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PI Short Attack Shorts (she likes to show off her guads)
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Okay. Why we have men's cloth and women's cloth, they surely are different. Therefore, cycling shorts also have men's and women's. The biggest different is the chamois because we are different ( Don't need to explain here!) However, some men may find women's bike shorts fit better than men's. If it works, get a pair of women's shorts. Don't bother the label says: women shorts. Some women find men's bike shorts fit perfectly on their hips. Congratulations, you find a good pair! Go to the front cashier please.

Majority color of bike shorts in bike store is black (it is a boring color, many people know it), but it can give you maximum imagination under the bike shorts.

Please be caution, many women's bike shorts are tend to have small front padding than men's. If you don't like black and pick non-black color, you may need to try the shorts on and look at the mirror to see if you can accept how you look like in the mirror and step out to public ( you know what I am talking about !)

Hope it helps !

Thank you
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