WHAT LEG DESIGN IS BEST FOR WOMEN’S CYCLING SHORTS?fanyuying
While function is imperative, form isn’t far behind, with the links between looking good and feeling good on a bike being well documented.
As women generally having a higher fat percentage than men, skin tight Lycra can be both friend and foe, with the ideal short legs being body contouring and muscle supporting, while avoiding over-compression.
Aim for a close, but not a restrictively tight fit on the legs, especially on the leg cuff. This is a particularly tricky area to get right, as they need to be snug enough to prevent the legs riding up when pedalling, without squeezing the thigh giving that ‘sausage leg’ look. Wide leg cuffs and raw edges often create the most flattering finish, and when teamed with silicone or other tacky fabrics on the leg gripper, will stay put when riding.
Until relatively recently only the use of multiple fabric panels would deliver a close fit, and even now it’s a good way to ensure a simple lycra short contours the body.
With the advent of more technical materials that flow and cling to the skin, a snug fit can now be achieved using fewer panels. These fabrics often have multiple attributes, such as being incredibly lightweight and breathable, so expect a premium price tag on these shorts.