Saddles come in different width fittings, so why not padded shorts? That’s the thinking behind the new Wms FS260-Pro SL bib shorts from Endura. These new women’s bib shorts (men’s versions also available) come with either narrow, medium or wide chamois pads, designed to complement the saddle you ride with.
Endura hasn’t just taken one of its existing chamois and played with the widths: this is a new product from the ground up, designed for purpose. But does it work in practice? Well, so far so good.
The chamois itself is a soft, stretchy pad with various densities across the profile, and thankfully no deep creases.
I measure up as a medium fitting in the Wms FS260-Pro SL women’s cycling shorts, and it does seem to work exceptionally well with my usual saddle and general riding position. Where I sometimes find that the chamois doesn’t entirely bridge the gap between me and the saddle, with the new chamois pad the coverage was complete and my rides felt all the more comfortable for it.
Of course, the chamois is only one element that makes up a good pair of cycling shorts, and the Wms FS260-Pro SL shorts deliver in other areas too.
The Italian Power Lycra fabric is firm and supportive without being restrictive, and there are softer mesh panels at the stomach and back that also aid breathability. Endura has opted for a racer-back style arrangement for the bib straps, which sit to the outside of the breasts on the front. Personally, I found this comfortable, with the cut around the neckline low enough so as not to pull on the shoulders or neck excessively.
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