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Girl Gear: On Our Short List

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Dec 1, 2011
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM UTC


Thankfully cycling shorts are not a piece of gear that apparel companies take the “shrink it and pink it” strategy to make it women-specific. Female riders, these five shorts are for you.

Assos T FI.13 Lady_S5
Bib Shorts
$339.99 Assos.com

Given the luxurious packaging (which includes cleanser, chamois crème and a washer bag) and price point, it’s no surprise that the Assos bibs just feel like the Rolls Royce of cycling shorts. Everything from the seamless, breathable chamois to the carbon mesh fabric to the asymmetrical leg grippers sets these shorts apart. Although the straps popped off a few times while standing around pre-ride (they go over your head and connect in front), once in aero position, the design made complete and perfect sense.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a four-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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