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Rapha's guide to women's cycling shorts and tights.

Women's Shorts and Tights Guide

Any cyclist will tell you that comfortable cycling shorts or tights are key to a comfortable ride; they may also insist on bib straps. In this guide we explain why ‘bibs’ are an option not an obligation.

27 April 2019

Every pair of shorts and tights in our collection is designed to meet the needs of a different type of rider. Those without bib straps provide a little more flexibility: they’re easier to take on and off and popular with a range of women, from new starters to experienced riders.

Bib straps or not, all of our shorts and tights are made for comfort and share three features in common.

ADVANCED FABRICS

Combining the perfect level of support with world-class technical performance.

COMFORTABLE CHAMOIS

Dual density Classic pad with 11mm of foam at the rear for support on rides of any length.

REFINED FIT

Engineered to fit your riding position and style, from the tops to the drops.

CORE CARGO SHORTS

With a convenient cargo pocket on either leg, the Core Cargo Shorts allow you to keep what’s important close to hand.

FIT

Cut lower at the front to avoid riding up in the saddle.

FABRIC

High-stretch main fabric with durable mesh pockets, silicone leg grippers.

FUNCTION

Durable and dependable, the Core Cargo Shorts are tough enough for riding to work everyday but won’t hold you back on a ride into the mountains.

CORE CARGO SHORTS

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CORE SHORTS

The Core Shorts provide everything that you need from your everyday bibs, combining pared-back design and practical details in a durable, dependable design.

FIT

Minimal seam construction for comfort and durability.

FABRIC

The Core Shorts use a dense-knit fabric that does not become transparent with wear.

FUNCTION

Durable, dependable shorts designed for use on any ride.

CORE SHORTS

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CLASSIC SHORTS

Made with a super soft, lightweight material, the Classic Shorts are available in two lengths for a refined fit.

FIT

High waist band with soft gripper tape and a rolled-over front seam to prevent irritation. Cut long in the leg.

FABRIC

Super soft and lighter than that in our Core Shorts, available in black or dark blue.

FUNCTION

Lightweight and comfortable for all kinds of riding.

CLASSIC SHORTS

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¾ TIGHTS

A longer option for riding in milder conditions, the Women’s ¾ Tights are made from a comfortable high-stretch fabric and cut for a flattering silhouette.

FIT

Slim cut, v-shaped waistband for comfort in an on-bike position and high-rise back for extra warmth.

FABRIC

Comfortable, high-stretch fabric with a thickness suited to riding, but not overheating, in milder conditions.

FUNCTION

Mild or changeable conditions. If you’re unsure whether to opt for shorts or full tights, go for the ¾ and you’ll be just right.

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PADDED TIGHTS

Similar in design to our Classic Shorts with longer legs, hi-vis decals and a secure zipped pocket for comfort and convenience on winter rides.

FIT

High-waist for warmth with a dense-knit fabric that provides a close yet comfortable fit.

FABRIC

Fleece-lined, water-repellent fabric traps warm air against the skin, keeps the worst of the weather at bay and dries quickly in time for your next ride.

FUNCTION

Exceptional stretch, warmth and water-repellency for winter riding.

PADDED TIGHTS

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Free Crash Repair

If you’ve had a crash and torn your bib shorts, send them to us and we’ll repair them for free.

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