More than just a comfy chamois when the weather heats upfanyuying
When the sun shines and the going gets hot, the best cycling shorts really show their worth. Warmer weather often means more time on the bike, and that increased saddle time can often highlight the flaws in your existing shorts. The chamois is perhaps the first thing we have in mind when we’re picking out pair of cycling shorts, but – especially in the height of summer – ventilation, sweat-wicking and temperature regulation is where the technology has trickled down from the pro peloton and benefitted from years of improvements.
The best cycling shorts are engineered for maximum comfort on long, hot – let’s face it, sweaty – rides. Lightweight, soft fabrics that offer UV protection and wick moisture quickly away from the skin, clever weaves that enhance airflow, flatlock seams that reduce chafing, and chamois that combine protection and padding with antibacterial, fast-drying properties.
Many of the best cycling shorts feature shoulder straps, and are also known as bib shorts. The straps keep them from falling down, and therefore keep the cushioning chamois (pronounced shammy) pad in place as you ride. If you’re not sure whether you need the straps, take a look at our feature on bib shorts v cycling shorts to help you decide.