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Shorts and HFS(5 posts)

Shorts and HFSkyvdh
May 29, 2002 4:48 AM
Question about cycling shorts. I have a couple of pairs of shorts that both have the HFS liner (chamois with liquid filled plastic membrane). Curious what others experience is with this type of short. It seems to do a great job of reducing friction and chaffing but the plastic liner makes them really bad for controlling moisture for a guy who sweats profusely like me. I'm wondering if others have experienced similar problems. The shorts get so wet during long hot rides that the constant dampness down on the seat makes the skin get very tender and I think more prone to saddle sores. Has anyone else experienced this and would a more traditional short or one with supposed better wicking ability do a better job. Recommendations? I would think the gel shorts would have the similar moisture management problems.

re: Shorts and HFSLone Gunman
May 29, 2002 5:46 AM
Been there, tried them all. My experience with HFS shorts was that all the fluid leaked out of the bladder. Also when you sit is squishes it out to the sides and does little to dampen the ride. Same deal with gu in the crotch, except it squishes out to the sides and creates pressure points. My gu bibs from performance, the gu pad twisted and balled and slide around while i rode and usually ended up in the rear of the chamois area and looked like I had a load in my diaper.

Then I bought "traditional" bibs from and they are the best I have owned. I know this does not answer your temperature control question, but I would suggest going heavy with chamois butter if you go wet in the crotch or medicated talc powder if you decide dry is for you.
I'm with LG on this...Brooks
May 29, 2002 2:33 PM
The HFS bladder deflated and gel shorts are a load. Both are ok for short rides or spinning classes (even without the H in HFS). I like the Pearl Izumi PRT chamois so far and traditional chamois (leather or synthetic) just seem to work better than gimic pads (HFS and gel).
Me too.look271
May 29, 2002 2:44 PM
I have a pair of HFS tights and I only use them when I have absolutely nothing else to wear, Kristin said it. "They suck".
The first shorts I bought were HFSKristin
May 29, 2002 5:59 AM
Compared to Volers (mens) & Hind (womens) the HFS shorts suck. They're noisey for one thing. Who wants their private parts to emit crinkling sounds? Also, I found that Volers give more effective padding. The HFS shorts live in the bottom of my drawer now.