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<p>Ok, I know shorts are like running shoes...everyone's different, but I'm does anyone have a real stand-out when it comes to tri shorts?</p>
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<p>My favorite shorts for riding long are about worn out. They are a pair of 2005 Zoot 6" tri fit shorts that I picked up at Sports Basement a few years ago for $10. I have lots of shorts that are good for shorter and medium distance, but for the really long stuff, these shorts are the only ones guaranteed not to chafe or give me problems.</p>
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<p>I hate the current Zoot stuff because of that big, tight band on the bottom of the legs. I do my shorter stuff in Desoto, either carrera or forza, but longer than 3 hours and chafing becomes an issue in these. I also have a pair of CW-X compression tri shorts, but they are only good for an hour or so.</p>
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<p>So, lets have it...what's your fav for riding long?</p>
 

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<p>Zoot--loved my first pair, can't stand the newer ones.  The waist fits, but legs are way too tight.  The sausage look just doesn't cut it!</p>
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<p>Sportskirt--Cute, and that's about it.  The waist is way too loose.  Nearly lost 'em on a swim start.  Everything else fits right though.  The liner is about the size of a pantyliner and not in the right places.  I only wear 'em for shorter rides.</p>
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<p>Aerotech makes the best shorts!!!  I have two pairs of these-- <a href="http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/wildprintspandex.htm" target="_blank">http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/wildprintspandex.htm</a><span style="display:none;"> </span> .  I bought the first pair the night before a 2-day 210mile tour.  My only regret was I only had one pair!  I've since bought a pair of cheetah print, and will be getting another pair once I decide on the print.  Although they are not tri specific, I have worn then for s/b bricks and I have raced in them.  The padding is not that thick and does not hold moisture.  My only complaint is sizing.  My first pair I accidentally bought XS, and they fit perfectly.  I figured they were mislabeled, so my second pair I bought S and they are too big.</p>
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<p>I like the descente for longer stuff. Odd. I have honker thighs and love my zoot w/the large band. Mine are 2 years old...wore them for IMLP and IMAZ and love them. Not too tight.</p>
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<p>I mentioned to skirt sports that they need a tie on the waist...no one mentioned that to them before. Maybe y'all should send them an email.</p>
 

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<p>I'll have to look into aerotech too!</p>
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<p>I am in the same dilemma - love my Zoot shorts, but they are several years old!  I too don't like the new Zoot style...phooey.</p>
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<p>I have a pair of Bellwether shorts that are good for ~2 hours or so of riding...</p>
 

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<p>try 2xu........pretty comfy for someone that usually dislikes padding...as I have done most of my long rides in LG and desoto and can you really call that padded?  If Pearl Izumi feel WAY to padded, try the 2XU.    I like them as they work both for tri and road bike and they are more modest than LG and Zoot.</p>
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<p>I do all my long rides in Pearl Izumi, and I race in them too.</p>
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<p>Interesting that we all have different prefs.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Stitcher</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69027/ladies-tri-shorts#post_1925189"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I do all my long rides in Pearl Izumi, and I race in them too.</p>
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<p>Interesting that we all have different prefs.</p>
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I love my Pearl Izumis too</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Stitcher</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69027/ladies-tri-shorts#post_1925189"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I do all my long rides in Pearl Izumi, and I race in them too.</p>
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<p>Interesting that we all have different prefs.</p>
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are they bike shorts or tri shorts??  My pearl izumis are soooooo padded, I can't imagine running in them....but then again, i wore very thinly padded Garneau for my only ironman and when my helper told me there was a pair of race readies in my T2 bag, I said "well, then, get me out of these"</p>
 

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Both....</p>
<p>I have PI bike shorts that I'll use for trainer rides...</p>
<p>but my other PI shorts are tri shorts.</p>
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<p>Love 'em both.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fox-runr</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69027/ladies-tri-shorts#post_1925376"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p><br><br>
are they bike shorts or tri shorts??  My pearl izumis are soooooo padded, I can't imagine running in them....but then again, i wore very thinly padded Garneau for my only ironman and when my helper told me there was a pair of race readies in my T2 bag, I said "well, then, get me out of these"</p>
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<p>I really like my Sugoi tri shorts (their bike shorts not so much, the padding is too thick and feels like a diaper).  Skirt sports tri shorts are comfortable (I don't miss the drawstring) but I have some serious camel toe when I wear them and I'm just too vain to put up with that!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the input ladies. As I suspected, there is no clear winner out there. Pearl Izumi is closest maybe.</p>
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<p>I just hate paying $90 for a pair of shorts only to wear them once and hate them or have them be fine for a shorter ride, but chafe the heck out of my lady bits when I go long.</p>
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<p>Time to go shopping I guess. Thanks everyone.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>4boysmom</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69027/ladies-tri-shorts#post_1925577"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Aerotech shorts are only $35 AND are made in the USA!  But I hear ya.  I have a drawerful of cycling shorts that didn't work.</p>
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But I don't live in the USA.  No cycling shorts are $35 here.</p>
 

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<p>does your son use aerotech as well???   I'm looking for biking shorts for my son, aerotech is selling on ebay right now 29.95 for cycling shorts with free shipping.  (unfornuately no womens).   He'd really like knickers, but I've been looking forever (plus, I said it looks 'girly' :) )</p>
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<p>actually...I take that back, if you search "women triathlon short"  they are selling them $29.95 + 5.05 ship....says they'll ship worldwide for actual.   they look like they are medium padded</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fox-runr</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69027/ladies-tri-shorts#post_1925884"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>does your son use aerotech as well???   I'm looking for biking shorts for my son, aerotech is selling on ebay right now 29.95 for cycling shorts with free shipping.  (unfornuately no womens).   He'd really like knickers, but I've been looking forever (plus, I said it looks 'girly' :) )</p>
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Yes, son1 also wears Aerotech.  The only problem we've had with Aerotech is he used the compression shorts in the pool and they didn't last at all--but I think any lycra short is going to do that.</p>
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<p>I've gotten custom tights for son1 from Foxwear.  Usually Lou only does fleece, but he also does lycra/nylon stuff for the high school football team.  I had to go custom because you just can't find tights for 28x32.<br>
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<p>Y'know, as I've thought back about this thread, I have to wonder... have you ever tried chamois cream/butter for your longer rides?  Whether you go with a brew your own variety or Chamois buTTer or Assos, lube of sort can make a world of difference for the delicate bits on longer rides.</p>
 

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<p>I just used a little vaseline or chamois butter, I tried the dh's Assos (he swears by it) and it burned.   I don't use anything right now, but I right an Adamo seat and my delicates are happy.   no more post ride shower screams</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>TriAndStopMe</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69027/ladies-tri-shorts#post_1926900"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Y'know, as I've thought back about this thread, I have to wonder... have you ever tried chamois cream/butter for your longer rides?  Whether you go with a brew your own variety or Chamois buTTer or Assos, lube of sort can make a world of difference for the delicate bits on longer rides.</p>
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Chamois butt'r is my friend.</p>
 
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