In the past decade, women’s cycling gear has come a long way, and it keeps getting better. Cycling shorts and bibs have improved for all riders, but particularly for women, with padding that’s anatomically adjusted to take pressure off sensitive areas in shorts and bibs that look good and feel good.
And thanks to the clever clip which makes nature breaks a snap, Rapha’s Detachable Bib Short has solidified its position as one of the best cycling shorts and bibs brands for women. The Pad
Rapha makes many styles of shorts and bibs for women . Over the range of its women’s shorts and bibs, the brand has three chamois pads for everyday riding, for all-day riding, and for racing .
Which pad you get depends on which short you buy and in what size. In each short and bib, Rapha offers multiple pad sizes, Rapha hopes to optimize the thickness of the foam parts of the pad to best suit a rider’s weight. So they guess rider weight based on size. XXS-M bib shorts get the smaller pad, and L- XL bib shorts get the larger one. The footprint of the pad doesn’t change based on size, just the thickness of the foams layers.
In the Women’s Detachable Bib Shorts, the Rapha bibs I tested, the smaller pad is 8mm thick at its thickest part, and the larger pad is 11mm at its thickest. “By offering size-specific foam thicknesses we can create the perfect connection to the saddle,” said Harry Osborn, […]