Padded shorts/under shorts

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  • Padded shorts/under shorts
  • jayx2a
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    I use the standard quite cheap Endura ones at the moment – meant to be for 1-2 hours and the padding is pretty thin!

    So in prep for the now signed up London to Brighton off road I am looking for something that is decent for longer distance and of course comfortable.

    The Endura FS260 Pro shorts with the 600 series pad look decent – expensive but need to get something that is good!

    There is also the top MTB decathlon MTB ones – but not sure if they will stack up.

    Any other shorts (that can go under baggies) or under shorts that have a very good chamois.

    Maybe i should try bib shorts again, but I just don’t seem to get on with them.

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    I have FS260 bib shorts. OK but I think the construction and the pads of Galibier are better.

    Rockhopper
    Member

    It must be my shape but I’m yet to find any padded shorts that have padding far enough back for me. I even wondered if I was wearing them back to front at one stage. They just don’t seem that great for the more upright mountain biking riding position.

    Castelli, not cheap but VERY comfy

    jonba
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    DHB aeron. The bib versions I use on the road and they are good. Done many a long ride in them.

    It might be more comfortable to ditch the baggies and just wear lycra if the ride is long?

    Premier Icon kelron
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    Fox Evo liners are super comfy for me, you might be able to find them cheap included with clearance shorts.

    jayx2a
    Member

    Will have a look at the above mentioned ones!

    kid.a
    Member

    DHB Aeron are excellent. They’ve recently been revised. Chamois is best I’ve used.

    jayx2a
    Member

    So many bib shorts out there if I went that route. DHB ones seems reasonable price.

    Got plenty of time to find the perfect ones but worth starting now!!

    Premier Icon calv145
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    I’m actually doing the London to Brighton off road route overnight tonight….and I’ll be wearing the GMBN bib shorts. They are great for long rides but I do use chamois cream on longer rides to help out. They aren’t too expensive either and I find bibs much more comfortable than normal shorts.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Morvelo shorts are really good – last well and the pad is a good shape (for me).

    I splashed out on some Le Col ones earlier in the summer in prep for a road 100 and SDW in a day ride and, tbh, they’re the most comfortable shorts I’ve ever used. There’s usually a few £50 off vouchers floating about and if you join their Strava club they do mileage based reqards too.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    I seem to get on with the decathlon pad. It’s quite thick though (and doesn’t get thin with age like some cheap bibs I have).

    I would say, 95% of the benefit seems to be in having any pad at all (or even just seam free cycling shorts). The pad is there to allow the small amount of movement needed not to chafe away at your arese. My winter bibs just have a traditional chamois (albeit synthetic) pad and are still very comfortable.

    So if your endura shorts are comfortable they’ll probably be fine.

    I actually get on quite well with chinese counterfit cycling kit pads, they’re probably not all the same but the one I got was £15 for a jersey and shorts, the shorts are now looking a bit thin after a thousand miles or so but the jersey is fine (lasting better than most cheap ones TBH). Done 10-12 hour days in them without any discomfort.

    Premier Icon johnjn2000
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    It must be my shape but I’m yet to find any padded shorts that have padding far enough back for me. I even wondered if I was wearing them back to front at one stage. They just don’t seem that great for the more upright mountain biking riding position.

    This. I have tried mega cheap (they were really sh!t) and mega expensive (a lot better) but still yet to find a pad that is like “sitting on a cloud” to quote an LBS sales guy who sold me my last pair

    jayx2a
    Member

    Will have a look at the DHB Aeron 2019 and maybe go to Decathlon and check out the pads in their ones.

    jayx2a
    Member

    Payday next week so will get round to ordering some of these!

    Anyone know what the decathlon pad is rated for hours in the saddle wise? I was looking at the SingleTrack Liner Short – wondering of the padding is similar.

    Was also looking at the DHB Aeron bib and non bib versions to try. – not sure how well these work under bagies though.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Anyone know what the decathlon pad is rated for hours in the saddle wise?

    I know they rate them along similar lines “for cyclists who ride 3-4 times a week 3-4 hours at a time” or whatever, but it’s horseshit. If it fits it fits, their cheaper/beginner ones are just cheaper and lower spec e.g. the base layers aren’t a fitted cut and only made of one material, the entry level chamois is just a bit of synthetic chamois not a molded pad etc.

    I did 100miles in the White Peak last weekend in my cheap ass chinese bibs. Because I know they’re comfortable.

    jayx2a
    Member

    My Endura ones are comfortable to wear but then become uncomfortable after a bit in the saddle. Being the basic ones, the padding just seems to be a bit of foam – and it goes flat quite quickly!

    At least the decathlon ones look like something that might last a bit longer.

    I’ve got some Gore ones recently (not sure what model) but they are the best I’ve tried by a long way. Don’t know what price they should have been as they were an ebay bargain!

    Premier Icon jsync
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    I’ll second gore liners.

    jayx2a
    Member

    Just found the gore liners. Anyone know difference between c5 and c3. C5 ones seem to refer to all day riding?

    drlex
    Member

    I’ll third them, and also offer Craft cool bike boxers. Very thin pad, so I wear them for commuting under shorts and just change into trousers.
    Large on offer at CRC.

    Premier Icon jsync
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    I’m pretty sure mine are c3, with mesh inserts. I think the c5 is windstopper, which doesn’t sound comfy.

    jayx2a
    Member

    Just check with Gore and both shorts have Mesh insert. The difference is the padding.

    C5 Pad:

    Advanced Men + Women

    Advanced level seat inserts with a medium density foam offer a great protection and comfort while being light and breathable. A two-layer foam construction with specifically developed supporting zones reduces pressure on soft tissue and increases blood flow in critical areas even on longer rides.

    + Windstop – INNOVATIVE SEAT INSERT TECHNOLOGY

    Developed for ultimate comfort and protection, this new seat insert technology takes cycling to the next level and allows cyclists to head out straight into the elements.
    CLIMATE CONTROL

    Protection against the cold and wind-chill
    Increased breathability and enhanced moisture management for year-round cycling

    PRESSURE RELEASE

    Unique, pre-formed cup prevents unwanted compression
    Ensures optimum comfort and support for anatomical space

    C3 Pad:

    Active Men + Women

    A single-layer with a less dense foam construction is used in Active level seat inserts. These inserts are scientifically developed for all cycling activities and offer the needed comfort and protection for either mountain bike, roadbike or fitness rides.

    nbt
    Member

    I’ve used a few now. For a while my preferred set has been Funkier 17 panel

    https://www.merlincycles.com/funkier-force-active-17-bib-shorts-101179.html?utm_source=PHG&utm_medium=AffiliateMarketing&utm_campaign=phg-GB&source=PHG

    just picked up some Sundried Peloton shorts (half price on ebay) and they’re really comfy. might try some of the Cadence shorts with a better pad next

    Sundried Peloton Men's Training Bib Shorts

    jayx2a
    Member

    Looked at the Decathlon ones last night – semed ok, but not 100% convinced on the pad.

    GORE stuff looks nice, but expensive, but as long as it lasts a while im not too fussed!

    anono
    Member

    I’ve had these for a couple of years – still comfy and holding together nicely – and only £10 at the moment

    https://www.polaris-bikewear.co.uk/Adventure-Road-Cycling-Short-p/pol01-265-p.htm

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