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During our latest Voice of turnipStyle podcast I talked a lot about my bike shorts.
Cycling shorts have to be one of my top five types of gear.
I really enjoy the fit and feel of snug cycling shorts, and not just for cycling.
The freedom of movement, snug support and easy-wearability of spandex shorts makes them a perfect choice for everything from hard-core exercising at the gym to casual errands and relaxing activities.
Finding an affordable and well-made pair of cycling shorts that fit well is not easy.
So I pointed out a few things during our podcast to try and help guys who might not be too sure of what to get.
When you go looking for cycling shorts, try and keep some of these simple tips in mind.
Good fitting cycling shorts have multiple panels.
Shorts are often describe by the number of panels they have. Anywhere from 6 to 12 panels can be found in various well made types and brands. More panels. Better fit.
Shorts should be snug but not restrictive.
This one is tough. You may need to try a few brands and sizes before you find a brand and size that works for you. For your first few pair pay close attention to size charts and fabric blends. Shorts tend to run pretty true to size, but a dense fabric blend (i.e. heavier materials) will make the shorts feel more restrictive.
Padded or unpadded?
Certainly if you are going to actually cycle in them you NEED padded shorts. I find that padded shorts fit better under my balls and over my crotch offering pretty good support with just a bit of bulk. Many brands come with options to have unpadded or a low-profile pad that should not bother guys who dont like the padding.
Look for good features.
Look for shorts that have gripper leg hemming; short that have low-profile waistbands; shorts that tough flat stitching. Features like these will mean better fitting shorts and longer lasting shorts you will be able to enjoy.
And do yourself and the rest of us a favor guys, don’t cover them up with other shorts.
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