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Excel's "Lycra Power" shorts(5 posts)

Excel's "Lycra Power" shortsWalter
Oct 16, 2002 5:38 PM
Anyone have any experience with these compression style shorts? They're advertised with a Nalini chamois. I like compression shorts for lifting, how are they for cycling?

Basically are they wort the extra $15 or so over Excel or Nashbar's "regular" 8 panel short. Btw I own a pair of Nashbar "Saturday" shorts and find them quite satisfactory.

Opinions please.....
What are compression shorts? (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 16, 2002 5:57 PM
Oct 17, 2002 8:52 AM
that compress the muscles to minimize wasted energy.

i use them sometimes for basketball and you definately jump higher and are more springy.

the down side is that they are tight on the thighs. can't imagine they would be comfortable for longer rides, but mine hoop ones are made of a rougher fabric.

they now have sprinter and swimming compression suits which you've probably seen in the olympics. same idea.
a word of caution...5ive
Oct 16, 2002 6:02 PM
If these shorts are made of same fabric as Nalini Power Lycra Bibs, then I cannot recommend them. My problem is not with the 'compression' per se, but with the fragility of the fabric. The Nalini bibs made with Dupont Power Lycra were very thin to start with, and after few washes, they wore out and became almost transparent on few 'dangerous' spots. It's a shame though... they fit me well and I really liked the chamois.
Oct 16, 2002 6:08 PM
This site specializes in "lycra power" shorts and tights, they even have "compression shirts" which I wear as a base layer in the winter. I have not tried the shorts for bikes but I do wear the shorts as base layer for running and squash. Got to protect those big quads and hamstrings - they do a great job and I would not run or play squash with out them. In order to qualify for "lycra power" they need to come down to the top of the knee. Overall a lycra power bike short should work.