Rapha has launched a new range women’s specific bibshorts, which the British brand says was three-years in the making.
“Three years in the making, all with a single goal: to make our women’s bib shorts the most comfortable in the world. The new Rapha range of women’s bib shorts features a completely reconstructed chamois, making them the most comfortable available, no matter how far or where you ride.”
According to Rapha, the new bibshorts are the culmination of feedback obtained from 38 female riders who rode more than a combined 10,000 miles – with particular attention paid to the design of the chamois pad.
“We’ve created three new styles of women’s bib shorts – the Souplesse Detachable Bib Shorts, the Women’s Cargo Bib Shorts, and the Women’s Core Cargo Shorts – each incorporating multi-thickness pads which come in two sizes, depending on size of shorts and style of riding. Antibacterial treatment ensures long-lasting next-to-skin comfort, seamless construction eliminates chafing and a pre-molded shape provides optimal support. The foam we use is dual-density, with softer foam to take pressure off at the front, while firmer foam supports the sit bones“, says Rapha.
“Throughout this three-year project the sole aim was to improve the riding experience for all women, focusing on the very heart of every pair of bib shorts. Through five rounds of wear testing, ridden by 38 women for more than more than 15,000km we did not just evolve the concept of the women’s chamois, we defined it”, adds Maria Olsson, Design Manager, Rapha Racing.
SOUPLESSE DETACHABLE BIB SHORTS
Designed for high-tempo riding and racing, Souplesse Detachable Bibshorts were tested on the professional circuit by the CANYON//SRAM team.
The bibshorts feature two notable revisions, a redesigned women’s chamois and revolutionary self-centering magnetic clasp, which allows bibs to be removed speedily and tactfully when a comfort break is required, solving a perennial problem with women’s cycle shorts. Moreover, the clasp is located at the bottom of the mesh upper section and can be released with one hand without the need to remove a jersey.
Additionally, the all-new chamois used in the Souplesse Detachable Bibs uses a thin layer of high-density foam, which provides the ideal combination of comfort and performance. Meanwhile, the fabric of the shorts is softer, balancing compression and comfort. Minimal seam construction avoids fabric bunching at the hip while low-profile leg grippers hold the shorts in position. Bonded seams minimize chafing.
WOMEN’S CARGO BIB SHORTS
The Cargo Bib Shorts usher in a fresh outlook on how adventure cyclists dress to a ride. By putting pockets on the shorts, accessories normally carried in a jersey can be transferred, leaving the rider with the freedom to opt for a more airy top for long-distance rides without overloaded pockets.
Rapha Cargo Bib Shorts went through rigorous testing in tough riding conditions. The lightweight construction is suitable for use in temperatures as high as 30°C and they feature a version of our Shadow fabric, which is wind and water resistant, and incredibly quick drying.
Cargo Bib Shorts are now available in a women’s cut and feature a quick-drying Brevet version of Rapha’s all-new women’s chamois, created to provide maximum comfort for women and tested for comfort over long- distances. They also use the same comfortable upper as the Women’s Brevet Bib Shorts.
You can learn more about Rapha’s new women’s specific bibshorts by visiting their website here.
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