9 Best Pairs of Padded Cycling Shorts for Women

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Alé Women’s PRR Thermal Bib Shorts

These are high end bibs – with a fleecey thermal fabric they’re designed to be worn in spring and autumn, when it’s just warm enough to pop on shorts but there’s still a nip in the air.

Alé have used their ‘W4H’ chamois, which is constructed from elastic micro fibre, with the padding at key contact points. The wings are flexible to allow for movement as you pedal and material is wicking and quick drying.

Probably our favourite feature is the ‘free’ system – the bib straps are made from a light, stretchy material and having tried these out we were hardly aware of them at all.

The legs feature a 60mm elastic leg band with silicone woven in to keep them in place, distributing pressure to avoid any constriction. Here for £61.75. 

Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Drop Tail Bib Short

Pearl Izumi’s drop tail bib is yet another clever idea to make pee-stops easier- the back of the bib simply pulls down, then tucks back in – clever!

These use an ‘Elite 3D chamois’ with 3 layers of padding up to 13mm, as well as an active carbon yarn to help you regulate your temperature. Multiple panels on the short legs mean they wrap around your body, as opposed to stretching, to provide a comfortable and flattering fit. All that, and a ‘coolback’ fabric provides heat regulation and sun protection for those summer days we can’t wait for!

We tend to find Pearl Izumi offerings have slightly shorter legs – these measure 8.5 inches  at the inseam in a size medium – an option for those who want to show off their pins and limit tan lines…. See them here for £79.99

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