Rapha touring shorts
Hi. I bought some a year ago. Buy them. Wear them with bibshorts and you wouldn’t know you had another layer on. Fit really well and I have pretty chunky thighs. Also have a good bit of stretch to the fabric. Front pocket is only really any good for the door key and/or a bit of cash. The rear is good enough for a phone and a few essentials. Branding is discreet if that bothers you.
One of my best bike related purchases.Posted 3 years agotonydMember
I got some Adidas ones in the sale at Halfords, think they were £30 or thereabouts. Fit well, lightweight, very nice too. I bought them to go over bibs for commuting as I’m a bit too chubby for full on lycra and was upsetting the receptionists.
I expect the Rapha ones are nice, if my budget went that far I probably would have tried them.Posted 3 years ago
I’ve been using the Rapha ones for years of commuting on the bike. They’re very good, slim fit, don’t notice I’m wearing them over bibs and they pocket on the back is great for an iPhone.
They do last very well too, the stitching round the crotch on mine burst but I’ve had them for years and wear them for at least 120 miles every week. Stitched them up and they’re fine.Posted 3 years ago
Yes I know, it’s Rapha, it’s overpriced poncemongery but there seems to be very few alternatives, and those I’ve found are in the same price bracket
So anyone using these or other “non baggy” cycling shorts ?Posted 3 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
The Surface Liquistetch shorts are a similar kind of thing – very light and not very baggy baggies, worn over lycra you wouldn’t know they were there really except that you’ve got a working set of pockets when mooching about off the bike. Its a shame they stopped doing the trousers because they worked really well too.
I’m not sure if its still the case but there was at least one batch of shorts that were labelled incorrectly size wise and were a size bigger than they should have been (that or there was an error with the sizing info on the website), I don’t know if that error persists so you might need to allow time to return a pair if you’re ordering.Posted 3 years agorendoMember
I have rapha touring shorts and like them a lot, very office friendly.
but i am looking at swrve for a similar short, i use their long trouser in the winter and they are a good fit and comfortable, so expect shorts to be similar. probably not much cheaper than rapha.
is rapha that overpriced compared to others, it is very good quality kit.Posted 3 years agograhamgMember
Got the older WWR shorts – utterly bombproof, used and abused almost daily on a three month tour and still looked good after. Ignore WWR bit of the description though, utter bollox as it’s gone after one wash. Also, I don’t think they’re as thin/lightweight as many options out there so worth considering if wearing full lycra underneath.Posted 3 years ago
Save yourself a packet…. (hope they have your size)
(the blue is a darker in real life, if you are bothered but such things)
Got the Rapha one as well, which are a slimmer fit on the legs but a little longer in leg length.
Wear both with a Decathlon MTB “inner” padded short.
The Union shorts can be happily worn down the street… in fact my wife commented on how smart there are ….. Only had em a month or two so can’t comment on how long they will last…. but just buy 3 pairs !!Posted 3 years ago
One of the reasons I really like the rapha shorts is the back pocket. It sits high up just under the waistband so its not on your butt cheeks like the other shorts I’ve looked at. Its more in the small of your back so you don’t really notice a phone in there and its not going to get knocked on the saddle for example.
I can’t find another pair of slim fit cycle specific shorts that have a pocket in that place.Posted 3 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I find the Rapha Touring Shorts a fraction short in the leg for me but, as my forum nickname suggests, I do have abnormally long legs so it’s probably me that’s freakish rather than the shorts.
Leg length discrepancy aside, they’re very good; extremely lightweight, comfy and reasonably water-repellent.Posted 3 years ago
Hill d … I’m a 32 most of the time and l’ve made them tighter using the little tab/tabs on the back…. guess i bought the 34s …will check this eve.
Unions are heavier than the Rapha with deep deep front pockets…. have done my 20 mile commute with my phone in there no worriesPosted 3 years ago
A phone in your front pocket for 20 miles – was that not incredibly annoying?
If you want something waterproof I also have Gore Alp-X Paclite shorts. Similar in shape to the rapha shorts with a rear pocket in the same place – although I find it too deep so I put a row of stitching across it.
Again very hard wearing, I’m only on my 2nd pair in 7 years of commuting so they’ve also done lots of miles.Posted 3 years ago
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