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Question for the ladies, or maybe the fellas with wives...(10 posts)

Question for the ladies, or maybe the fellas with wives...russw19
Jan 8, 2004 9:34 AM
My mom wants me to find her a nice pair of ladies shorts. She's a recreational (at best) rider and would be looking for a mid-line short. I would like some suggestions from the ladies as to what you look for out of a short. I know what I look for, but it may not be the same thing as what my mom needs.

I also don't have much experience with mid-level ladies shorts... I know high end male shorts, so I can assume something like the Castelli Donna would be nice, but what are some comfortable shorts in the ladies' opinions.

Price is not my concern, so leave that out as a major factor. She doesn't need Assos stuff, but at the same time price won't be a limiting issue.

I guess the advice I need is what chamois pad is comfortable for females? And what material should the chamois be made of?

Thanks for the advice.

re: Question for the ladies, or maybe the fellas with wives...MasterTi
Jan 8, 2004 10:47 AM
Dear Russ:

Shorts, like saddles, are a personal preference thing. What works for one person may not for another.

My wife rides about 2,000km per year. She hates bibshorts, as she finds the straps annoying. Despite the stretch of lycra which should stretch out for the wider female hips, she finds women specific shorts to be more comfy than male ones, due mainly to the shape of the women-specific chamois.
However, I'm still not convinced that this is not just marketing, as I'm not convinced her chamois are different than mine.

Her favourite shorts of all time: 1. Sugoi Fieldsensor (unfortunately no longer made), and 2. Santini CX-Pro.

Good luck.

my only advice..._rt_
Jan 8, 2004 11:12 AM
pick a short that has a chamois with NO SEAMS!! personally i like the voler women's shorts because of both the seamless chamois and the fact that they come in an XS that really is amost XS.

you might want to look at the Performance brand women's shorts.

my wife also prefers Voler and hates bibs - nmdzrider
Jan 8, 2004 1:57 PM
I like....Sadlebred
Jan 8, 2004 1:06 PM
I prefer women's shorts without the center seam in the Chamois.

Brands I like include Pearl Izumi, Hincapie, and Cannondale. PI offers several nice mid-level shorts at about $50.
My wife LOVES Performance Century Gel shortsGator
Jan 8, 2004 1:24 PM
Pair those with a nice Terry saddle, and you should have many whine-free miles ahead. Good luck.
I really like the...Mootsie
Jan 8, 2004 4:19 PM
women's Pearl Izumi shorts. I have had good luck with them over the past 7 years or so. Haven't tried the Voler like some of the others. Yes, make sure there are no seams in the chamois. And, in my opinion, the gel shorts are too soft and squishy, kind of like diapers :(

(I just realized that I am signed in under my husband's name)
Castelli and Louis Garneauj-son
Jan 8, 2004 8:47 PM
My wife is a strong recreational sunny-weather rider. She likes Castelli and Louis Garneau the best. Although she says her PI's are 'okay'.
my 2 centslitespeedchick
Jan 9, 2004 6:18 AM
I'm stuck on Pearl Izumi. I haven't tried any of the other high-end brands, but compared to stuff like Bellweather and Cannondale, PI is the stuff.

As far as the chamois, I think a good women's chamois looks alot like a good men's chamois. What you want to avoid is a chamois that is merely a bulky pad (if you'll pardon the expression) down the middle of the crotch. This is common in cheap women's bike shorts.

Avoid short shorts, avoid shorts with a cottony feel rather than normal lycra.
Suzy loves the pearl izumi microsensors. (nm)Zonic Man
Jan 9, 2004 9:51 AM