Touring Shorts


Touring Shorts is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 26.
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Versatile enough for both urban commuting and long distance cycling, Rapha’s Touring Shorts can be worn on their own or over bib shorts. They have a slim, tailored cut to give them a contemporary look and are extremely light and breathable.


Cycling over-shorts ideal for commuting

Rapha’s Touring Shorts are a road riding interpretation of the cycling overshorts known to mountain bikers as “baggies”. They are made from a lightweight, breathable fabric and are versatile enough for both urban commutes and longer rides.

Designed to be worn over bib shorts, Touring Shorts have a slim, contemporary cut to ensure they won’t flap in the wind while on the bike. Performance features include a non-slip panel in the waistband to hold the shorts in position when riding and satin tapes inside the hems to stop them catching on undershorts.

Other details include a special gusset to prevent chafing and easy-to-use waist adjusters. A zipped pocket at the front of the shorts is cut shallow to prevent objects digging into the leg when cycling and the shorts have an additional rear pocket for carrying valuables. Reflective piping on the back of the legs helps make the rider more visible when riding in poor light.


"If you don’t want the Lycra budgie-smuggling look or equally unflattering “baggies”, Rapha’s classically tailored touring shorts tick all the right boxes."
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Simon Usborne: The Independent

‟These slim-fitting shorts have tech DNA, including zip pockets all around for security and a stretch nylon that moves as you pedal. Wear them alone for short missions or over your bibs for all-day affairs.”
– Outside Magazine


  • Breathable polyamide fabric keeps you cool
  • Wicking finish for excellent moisture transfer
  • Full-length gusset to prevent seam chafing
  • Non-slip waistband maintains riding fit
  • Satin tapes prevent hems catching
  • Reflective piping for improved visibility


  • Lightweight polyamide:
  • 94% nylon
  • 6% spandex


  • Machine wash cool: 30°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Cool iron: one dot
  • Tumble dry low: one dot

Rapha leg and waist sizing info

WAIST: natural waist measurement is taken from above the hips, close to the navel.
INSIDE LEG: from the crotch to the base of the ankle.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slim fitting goodness. I have 3 of these bought over separate orders. They are that good. A back pocket for cash and an iphone. A small one in front just nice for a car key remote. The lack of side pockets help keep this pair of shorts neat. Anything else you need to bring along that wouldn't fit in a pair of pants should be in your hydration backpack anyway. The material is outstanding, tough and resilient against abrasion without being thick and stuffy. I use this for trail riding because I am not into the baggy loud look of most mountain bike brands. Cycling bibs or tights does not fit my enduro bike, so this is perfect for me. There is a silky band around the openings which makes the shorts non stick to thighs while cycling and the ring hook zippers are great for handling with gloves. The elastic material around the waist is a good idea for movement around the bike. These details really count.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What i needed Last weekend i rode 250k with them.... Confortables and easy to dry. From a strong rain to a sunny afternoon.....perfect for me.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Fit Bought a pair of these for Mountain Biking. So impressed I purchased another pair after my first ride. On a side note, Rapha's customer service was amazing in helping resolve some shipping issues. 2 thumbs up all the way around.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit I live in the South Pacific and commute everyday in theses shorts. They are well tailored, the fabric is very cool. i get plenty of compliments.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as they used to be Am on my 3rd pair of these in the last few years and the updates they have made aren't for the better (Sorry Rapha chaps). The new zips / toggles are painful to use and counter intuitive and can dig (especially the front zip) when cycling. Still a great short but the old zip layout combo was better...
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight and comfortable I bought these shorts specifically for a tour of France, we've been riding in both 30c heat and heavy rain (biblical type heavy rain). On every occasion the shorts have been comfortable and breathable drying within a couple of hours whether it be sweat or rain. The length of the shorts for me is perfect I have other shorts that are slightly too long and my knees feel restricted.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb shorts I was looking for a pair of shorts I could wear casually as well as on the the bike. These fit the bill and are very nicely cut, but only have two tiny pockets, so for something more practical off the bike, perhaps the randonnee shorts may be a better option. Still very pleased with these though.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very good modesty shorts On my third pair. Wear them over bibs on my bike and train commute as a) I don't like hanging around just in lycra and b) they add a bit of warmth in winter. Very light, good fit, barely notice them on. Bit delicate around the seems and buttons tend to come off frequently.
Date published: 2015-11-04
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