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Chamois Santini shorts tearing me up(7 posts)

Chamois Santini shorts tearing me updawgcatchr
Aug 8, 2003 9:23 PM
Okay, so I bought a pair of new Santini CX bibs-the pad is nice and thick, all indications are that they will be very good shorts. I take them on a ride, and as I begin to sweat, the shorts get wet and then become very rough, almost the texture of sandpaper. Needless to say, my legs and sensitive areas get torn to shreds on the remainder of my ride. Do I need some sort of cream to wear these shorts? All of my shorts have been cheaper shorts, and I have never had this problem.
Not a problem here, but...filtersweep
Aug 9, 2003 6:08 AM
they lack flat seams. I look like a road map when I take the bibs off...

The CX are cheap compared to Assos, Castelli, PI- they seem better than the Canari class of shorts, but they leave a bit to be desired.
Must be something different...seyboro
Aug 9, 2003 6:13 AM
...maybe something is off with your chamois/saddle/butt combo? I switched to the same bibs and after a short break-in time of two or three rides, they fit perfectly. Maybe they are a little tight/loose? I have used these exclusively for the last year and am truly enjoying them. You could try some chamois butter, Noxzema or Emgel have worked well for me on very long rides.
re: Chamois Santini shorts tearing me upHigh Gear
Aug 9, 2003 6:30 AM
I've had various Santini bibs over the years. I really liked the old CX shorts...that pad was thick and plain. Then in the past three years they have been experimenting with the pad. I have two of them but not the newest Twist-gel. I guess they are on a quest to make one that really breaths, the newest is the twist-gel that has holes in the gel and the bottom outside fabric is mesh as the past two versions did. It really works. You get up out of the saddle and feel a breeze down there! I don't think your CX's pad is like the ones I just mentioned, but more of a traditional plain perforated, maybe like my older CX's. In that case if it is like my older CX's pad, you have to wash them a few times inside out (as you always should with bike shorts) to soften the material. One other thing to think about. Shorts should always fit tight. The pad should not move under you, otherwise you'll chafe. As far as the chamois cream question. I have found that the perforated pads just soak it up and leave you with a sticky mess. Cream was really ment to be used with the old style chamios. You could try it, but put lots on. Good Luck
re: Chamois Santini shorts tearing me updawgcatchr
Aug 9, 2003 7:02 AM
I do have a perforated pad, it is the "top professional" pad. It does feel a little rough to the touch, but when it gets sweaty, it turns very hard. I will try some cream and wash the shorts several times. BTW, the fit is great (I have a 29 inch waist and wear size small). Thanks for the help!

re: Chamois Santini shorts tearing me upgtx
Aug 9, 2003 9:25 AM
I bought some after seeing possitive reviews here. By far the WORST shorts I have ever used--the first to actually make me cut a ride short they were so uncomfortable.
re: Chamois Santini shorts tearing me upVW
Aug 10, 2003 4:45 PM
I bought a pair of Nalini which are suppose to be similar to the Santini in form and in price. Nalini too had great review in this forum. The chamois is the biggest, stiffest, and flattest I have ever seen. They fold neatly right down the middle. When I wear them, they fold-up in the middle, and the crease pushes straight up on my front crotch (I'm a guy)... ouch. Forget about riding with it, I couldn't even leave the house with it sticking at me.

No help to you, but I wanted to share my painful experience. Just to show all crotches are different.