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Recommendation?: Women's Cycling shorts/knickers/tights?

Old 05-11-12, 11:39 AM
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Recommendation?: Women's Cycling shorts/knickers/tights?

Hey guyz...

Maybe this is a more "road forums" oriented post...but i like you guys better

So heres the deal:
slowly but surely, ive been getting my fiance to join the "dark"side...
from being totally oblivious and apathetic and almost condescending to anything cycling related when i first met her, she now loves her celeste Bianchi campione de italia and besides the spin classes we go to together, we also go on a 30+ mile ride together every sunday (weather and saturday partying permitted)...AND after our wedding and honeymoon coming up in 2 weeks, we plan on doing some organized rides (like half centuries for starters) plus joining some the organized rides by our local bike shop.

anywho, besides the bianchi i built her (and a mixte singlespeed), she has been somewhat resistant to cycling specific gear/clothes/etc.

she was resistant to SPD at first, but then after convincing her she got some SPD pearl izumis, and she wears them in spin class and now she really likes using them in spin class....still havn't got her to use them on the actual bike. working on it though. she just dosn't feel comfortable yet. ill have to have her try them on the bike in a parking lot a few times first.

i just recently bought her a mavic jersey....before she always rode in a tshirt, and with the summer weather i got her a nice light cycling jersey with back pockets.

NOW i want to get her some cycling specific bottoms of some sort.
The thing is, she still shows signs of resistance to the whole roadie/spandex kit thing, especially bibs. whenever i put my bib on, she will without fail make fun of me or say something like "that is a horrible look" or something haha...especially the whole chamois thing...she thinks i look like a giant toddler with a diaper underneath spandex suspenders lol

before the cycling jersey she seems into, she basically just wore a tshirt and yoga pants. like, the kind with the slight bell bottom taper at the bottom, which she would then tuck into her sock (shudder...not a good look IMO haha). apparently she has lost enough weight from the time we first met (we are exercise buddies) that the yoga pants dont fit and heres my chance to get her some nice cycling specific tights that she can wear to spin class on our rides.

So after my long winded backstory, heres what im hoping for recommendations on:
i want to find warm weather cycling tights for her.
not shorts, knickers or longer. she dosn't like shorts.
definitely not bibs. i understand they would be more comfortable. i wear them. she just wont go for them.
now i know she dislikes the idea of the chamois.
anything meet the above requirements but dosn't have a chamois?
or better yet...DOES have a chamois, but the chamois is....more "low-profile"? like, less diaper looking, as she would put it?


anywho i am doing my own search, but just thought maybe some of you are female or know a female and could give me some good recommendations.
Thanks everybody!

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Old 05-11-12, 12:25 PM
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Try:

http://www.harlotwear.com

My wife and I both hate anything spandax or cycling related but she digs their stuff.

Plus you have to love a company that advertises the Beaver Comfort Zone.
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I always get compliments on my lycra clad legs from my female counterparts.

There's always women's specific chamois/ bottoms w/ a slimmer profile ergonomically designed for women's parts. You/ she can always buy a pair of bottoms w/ removable chamois and let her get personal with them.
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Originally Posted by nightfly View Post
Try:

http://www.harlotwear.com

My wife and I both hate anything spandax or cycling related but she digs their stuff.

Plus you have to love a company that advertises the Beaver Comfort Zone.
that is a good recommendation, thanks!
i think she might be into some of those knickers. although i would like to see her in tights. for my own reasons haha
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
I always get compliments on my lycra clad legs from my female counterparts.

There's always women's specific chamois/ bottoms w/ a slimmer profile ergonomically designed for women's parts. You/ she can always buy a pair of bottoms w/ removable chamois and let her get personal with them.
word! so any makes/models u know of?
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Old 05-11-12, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
word! so any makes/models u know of?
My wife has a taste for castelli's goods as well as pearl izumi's, but off the bat from my knowledge of their goods, izumi definiately cators much more toward women.

As for her cycling wardrobe that's different from the norm/ hasn't been mentioned/ separates men/ womens apparel is her skorts. That's right, skorts; they're made by Castelli. They're pretty cute too.



She likes them so much she has them in each colorway.
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If she isn't that into the idea of a chamois, then you should probably avoid entry level shorts because she will only hate chammies even more. I had the Pearl Izumi "Sugar" knickers and they were horrible. PI is always my go-to brand for cycling clothes because they usually are spot-on for comfy and cute womens specific stuff, and their sizing is very accurate. I recently upgraded to the PI Pro "Intercool" (or In-R-Cool) shorts and they are AMAZING. The chamois fits and feels great, the materials are soft and high quality, and they're super cute. I accidentally fell asleep with them on and I still felt comfortable the next morning, after having worn them for about 11 hours straight. Amazon has these shorts for about $100 shipped, $50 less than MSRP. Honestly it is worth the investment, especially if you want your lady to actually enjoy her shorts rather than just tolerating them. I also have the PI Pro full-zip jersey, which comes in a ton of colors/patterns (mine is black with cherry blossoms) and I'm in love with it.
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Old 05-11-12, 01:18 PM
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Honestly even if she has a rockin bod, cycling shorts with chamois make you look you are wearing diapers, if you're into that sort of thing I guess that's fine, no judgement here but personally I don't find bicycle shorts to be good looking on anyone, male or female.

Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
that is a good recommendation, thanks!
i think she might be into some of those knickers. although i would like to see her in tights. for my own reasons haha
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Old 05-11-12, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by nightfly View Post
Honestly even if she has a rockin bod, cycling shorts with chamois make you look you are wearing diapers, if you're into that sort of thing I guess that's fine, no judgement here but personally I don't find bicycle shorts to be good looking on anyone, male or female.
Well you wouldn't want it to be a sleazy ride do we?
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FYI, if / when she goes over to a chamois-type bottom, you might want to start with a short / knicker rather than a bib. For bathroom breaks, bibs are a real hassle for us ladies, and I only wear them for race-type situations because of that. Regular chamois shorts the rest of the time.
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Seconding skorts, or at least throw that option out there and see how she responds. I love mine (just wore them for my commute today, in fact). Although lately I've been wearing any old cycling shorts (with chamois) under whatever outfit I have on that day. Even with my super tight hipster skinny jeans, you can't tell I'm wearing anything with chamois unless you really had the shape of my ass memorized (in which case back off, perv).
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Originally Posted by mashtofu View Post
If she isn't that into the idea of a chamois, then you should probably avoid entry level shorts because she will only hate chammies even more. I had the Pearl Izumi "Sugar" knickers and they were horrible. PI is always my go-to brand for cycling clothes because they usually are spot-on for comfy and cute womens specific stuff, and their sizing is very accurate. I recently upgraded to the PI Pro "Intercool" (or In-R-Cool) shorts and they are AMAZING. The chamois fits and feels great, the materials are soft and high quality, and they're super cute. I accidentally fell asleep with them on and I still felt comfortable the next morning, after having worn them for about 11 hours straight. Amazon has these shorts for about $100 shipped, $50 less than MSRP. Honestly it is worth the investment, especially if you want your lady to actually enjoy her shorts rather than just tolerating them. I also have the PI Pro full-zip jersey, which comes in a ton of colors/patterns (mine is black with cherry blossoms) and I'm in love with it.
cool! thanks for the suggestions.
do you think these would be good?
http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/co...11118.html#3EV
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
My wife has a taste for castelli's goods as well as pearl izumi's, but off the bat from my knowledge of their goods, izumi definiately cators much more toward women.

As for her cycling wardrobe that's different from the norm/ hasn't been mentioned/ separates men/ womens apparel is her skorts. That's right, skorts; they're made by Castelli. They're pretty cute too.



She likes them so much she has them in each colorway.
skorts? ok ill see what she thinks
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Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
cool! thanks for the suggestions.
do you think these would be good?
http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/co...11118.html#3EV
Those would definitely be better than the Select series chamois. I haven't tried anything from the Elite series, though, since I was so disappointed in the Select 3D chamois I skipped up to the Pro 4D. Not exactly sure what the technical differences are between 3D and 4D, but I'm fairly certain that the difference between Select and Elite is the material. I think Pearl Izumi is pretty good about returns/exchanges as long as the item hasn't been washed (I learned that the hard way), so I would definitely give that a try for a ride or two and see how she feels. You might want to call PI's customer service first and double-check that policy. The main discomfort I had with my Select 3D chamois was that it was awkwardly wide in the center, and it would chafe my thighs pretty badly. The material was abrasive and somewhat papery (paper-ish?). Anyway, she'll know within the first ten miles if it's going to be a problem or not.

Oh, and I've never even used chamois butter, so that's not a variable here. I do prefer to wear polyester or nylon underwear rather than going commando.. But maybe that's just me?
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My mom logs hundreds of kilometres monthly and so far, nothing is more comfortable or holds up better than an Assos. It's expensive, but by now it's not even more expensive than than top-of-the-line that other brands offer. H_FI.Lady would be their women's shorts. That being said, she was also very pleased with Izumi's better models, and the Castelli Skorts (which she wears to formal occasions sometimes :/). Nalini also isn't too bad, and I've been using Skinfit and 2XU with great satisfaction and they have women's-specific models.

If your partner isn't very fond of the idea of a chamois, consider a pair of triathlon shorts. They've got padding that's far more discrete - my 2XU suit has just a bit of fleece - but gets the job done just as well if the saddle fits. 2XU has a fleece, Champion Systems and Skinfit have a proper, though very thin and narrow, chamois.

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Oh, and I've never even used chamois butter, so that's not a variable here. I do prefer to wear polyester or nylon underwear rather than going commando.. But maybe that's just me?
Under the shorts?! Yeah, that's definitely the problem. There should be nothing, nothing, between the chamois and the skin, otherwise you've made the entire idea of a chamois pointless. If you're still getting chafing, get some cream.
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I appreciate the tip, but like I said, I've had zero chafing or discomfort since upgrading to the Pro 4D chamois. My previous discomfort had nothing to do with underwear preference or lack of cream - it was the poorly fitting chamois that was the problem. I don't have particularly narrow hips or anything, but the entry level PI chammy was so wide that it folded down on itself about two inches on either side between my upper thighs. It was like riding a saddle that's too wide and trying to constantly pinch it down with my legs; it was horrible, and kind of exhausting, and the very edge of the chammy was causing the chafing on my legs. Btw if you are going to wear undies with a chamois, but not cycling specific short liners or chamois liners, then be conscious of seams (obv seamless undies are the best choice, especially thongs).
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For bottoms, the basketball practice style shorts by Nike, Adidas, Russell or And1. These have pockets, made of moisture wicking fabrics. Match them up with lightweight moisture wicking runner style tops, something like what new balance or nike has as well. Places like Ross & Marshalls carry them and are under $ 10 for the tops. Russell Athletic tops and bottoms are comparable and inexpensive as well. I like the soccer tops made by Puma, Nike & Adidas, but those can be more expensive, even at Ross & Marshalls. I wear a cheap t-shirt underneath the top even in the summers here in Miami, FL and don't overheat. The sweat soaks the t-shirt and t-shirt catches the chemicals from deodorants. The other top breathes and looks cleaner.
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