The easy answer to the question “Can I wear guys cycling shorts?”
The hidden answer after that is, as long as they fit you.
For a very long time women were lucky to have various types of moderate level shorts. There has been a few companies that come to mind that have been doing women’s cycling shorts well. These companies are : Pearl Izumi, Giordana, Sugoi, and Sheebeast.
Even with these brands, for one reason or another I’ve still worn about 50-75% of the time, guys shorts. One of those large reasons are bib shorts, which is another topic in its own, I love them and not one company has made a good women’s design bib. This has left me wearing guys bibs. Other reasons are team sponsorship, right now the shops team kit are guys bibs, which is fine with me.
Reasons Not to Wear Guys Shorts
Length of chamois. The pad/chamois goes high on guys shorts as they have more “package.” This freaks some women out as it comes well in front of the pubic bone.
Chamois size. Remember that whole women’s design? That goes with shorts too. Women tend to need wider chamois in their shorts. Just make sure the chamois doesn’t end too quickly for you or end where the saddle will rub. That will leave you with several saddle sores.
Inseam length. Companies tend to put a shorter inseam on women’s shorts compared to men’s. This is another reason that I wear guys, I have long legs and the 6″ inseam on girls shorts are just too short normally.
Recommended Guys Shorts/Bibs to Try
My go to shorts for the past year since I found them. They have different materials through out the short to help with compression and the chamois is made to mate with their inForm saddles.
Gore Power Bib
– One of my new favorites if you read my article a couple days ago. One note, do NOT get the Men’s Xenon bibs as the chamois has a break in the middle. Can you say “camel toe?”
Don’t let your local bike shop confuse you, your favorite pair of shorts are two fold. The first is the dressing room test, is it comfortable? The second is to make sure it fits well on your favorite saddle. Seams away from the edge of your saddles and that the chamois doesn’t “fold” in half and start pushing up on soft tissues.
Men’s or women’s : who cares as long as it fits?
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