Another commonly asked question answered with our tip-top cycling shorts recommendations. From plush padding, to cool colours, we’ve covered them all. Quite a few of our pairs are a little old, so we’ve popped in some similar alternatives for those of you looks to buy!

Rapha RCC bib shorts £180 (similar) 

  • Soft fabric that offers support, comfort and abrasion resistance.
  • Eliminated unnecessary seams, streamlined the shape and removed excess fabric to avoid fabric bunching at the hip.
  • Lightweight gripper that gives a supportive but not overly tight fit at the thigh.

DHB Aeron Speed bib shorts £85 (on sale for £63.75) (similar)

  • Wind-tunnel tested fabrics increasing aerodynamics. 
  • Quick-drying material.
  • Sun cream/oil resistant and provides UV protection.

Liv Race Day shorts £64.99

  • Strategically-placed flatlock seams for comfort.
  • ProComfor™ women’s specific chamois.
  • UPF 50 sun protection.

Kalf Club cycling shorts £45 (similar)

  • Warp knit that enables a tightly woven 4-way stretch Lycra that provides compression and durability at a minimal weight.
  • Variable density foam to balance in-saddle stability and freedom of movement.
  • Broad waistband that keeps the shorts in place and comfortable.


  • Sadly these guys are no longer in production but they were too awesome for us not to include them!
  • Made by women for women.
  • Super highrise, making you feel secure and comfortable.
  • Small zip pocket on the lower back.

Madison Tour shorts £29.99 (similar)

  • Flat-lock stitching on the seams eliminates irritation.
  • Madison’s 2D-club chamois offers great comfort and Coolmax anti-bacterial fabric.
  • Stretch silicone leg gripper for a secure fit.

The three main things we think you should look for in cycling shorts are:

  • Female-specific chamois
  • High-waisted
  • Grippy thighs

Check out our full review of the cycling shorts over on IGTV, and if you’re looking for a session to test the kit, check out our Turbo Sessions blog.

Any brands that you love but we haven’t included? Let us know!


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