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Women's Classic Shorts


Women's Classic Shorts is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 54.
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The Rapha Women’s Shorts combine superb fit, styling and performance, using a top level pad from specialists Cytech.

Women's Classic Shorts£130.00

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Women's Classic Shorts

If you are unsure of which bibs or shorts to choose, take a look at our new Women's Bib Shorts Guide

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

NB: The short version of the Rapha Women's Shorts is 80mm shorter than the regular version.

Rapha Women’s Shorts combine the comfort and performance of the women's shorts without the inconvenience of bibs. They have a high waistband at the back featuring a soft gripper tape for a snug and secure fit. The front panel is doubled over rather than stitched to prevent digging in when riding and the chamois pad from specialist manufacturer Cytech is designed specifically for female riders.

They are made from a lightweight and durable stretch fabric and have a panel construction. The shorts are cut long in the leg for a more flattering shape. The seams of the shorts have been positioned to prevent chafing and inside are finished with soft, flatlock stitching. Style elements include contrast cream binding on the back of the shorts, Rapha logos on each leg and reflective tabs to improve visibility.

"Every woman spends her life searching for the perfect pair of jeans, ones that are comfortable, look great, aren’t too fashionable but just stylish enough, are versatile, and even forgiving when she puts on a pound or two. Most never find those jeans. Somehow, maestros of cycle clothing Rapha have managed to address the female cyclist’s equivalent quest, the search for the perfect cycling shorts. I am going to show my hand right from the word go, here, I cannot recommend these shorts highly enough!"
– Leonie Jennings, »


  • Matt black with black logos
  • Deluxe pad by Cytech
  • Soft gripper and flat lock stitching.


  • 74% Nylon
  • 26% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool 30°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

Body sizing

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 Very comfortable The fit is great, the style is subtle and classy, and after several washes they still feel great in the saddle.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable This is my second pair of shorts that I’ve bought. They are really comfortable and light to wear. I have the shorter length and they fit me perfect.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the shorter length. This is the third pair of shorts I've bought. I love the shorter length as I'm only 5 foot tall! The only downside for me is that the Rapha logo is now in white down both sides of the shorts (I returned the pink logo ones) I much preferred it in black when it was more discreet! In the features it states its Matt black with black is not!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect clothes I am so happy that I bought Rapha’s clothes and i will keep buying it
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort and style At last a ladies short that is both stylish, comfortable, great chamois design of correct thickness and in 2 lengths. The short version I have found to be perfect for warm weather riding and the long version good when you need knee warmers or leg warmers.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'll never wear bib shorts again! I was dubious of these short at first, as I wondered how the heck they'd stay up for a full day in the saddle, but I was completely proved wrong – they didn't budge. It made toilet stops much more pleasant. The padding was super comfy too!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! The best shorts I have ever bought! And they fits me perfect!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why Ride in Anything Else? These shorts put paid to the idea of riding in any other short. They are light as a feather, silky and smooth and after hundreds of miles in them can say that I'll never ride in another short.
Date published: 2017-07-31
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Hi I would like to buy a shorts for my wife.her waist line is 31 inches and her inseam is 29 inches base on your sizing chart. Her cycling shorts are medium  from other brands.

Asked by: Rex Tan
A Medium will be the appropriate fit based on these dimensions. We do have a 90 day returns policy should these shorts not meet her specifications.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-12-05

I wear a size 4 American.  waist 27 in and hips 35 in, what size would I take in these shorts?

Asked by: TLNB
Based on your measurements, we would recommend the Small size in this product
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-09-02

What is a soft gripper? Is it that 3/8th inch silicon strip that is on some shorts that irritates like crazy? Or the silicon dots?

Asked by: Daily rider
The Grippers on these shorts use our new silicon dot grippers placed to ensure they are comfortable
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-07-17

Do any of the women's shorts have a little zippered picket at the back ?? 

Asked by: Ruth Griffin
These garments do not have a zipped pocked at the back.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-07-05

Is there any difference in the pad between the women's classic shorts & RCC women's classic bib shorts? I am looking for very high level of comfort - the bib shorts appear to have one or two good reviews for this but not the other.

Asked by: Mac2
The chamois pad is the same in both the RCC Classic Shorts and the Women's Classic Shorts.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-06-26

I need to order new shorts. The pair I have says size 8. Is that an XS or Small?

Asked by: LArider
The size small should be suitable. If the suitability does not suit your requirements then you would be welcome to return these for an exchange under our 90 day returns policy.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-05-29

I just bought the small "short" classic shorts in black.  Compared to the same item purchased 2 yrs ago, the "new" version is ~2cm longer leg length & the Rapha writing is in white, rather than black. Is the old style available? I preferred the old style.

Asked by: ClareH
The old style is not available. Your feedback will be passed onto the Product Development Team.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-05-29

Do the core or classic shorts have the wide laser cut finish to the legs, to help prevent sausage legs or is it just the bin shorts that have this feature. I just find the bibs difficult for comfort breaks.

Asked by: Cate L
Hi, these shorts are cut long in the leg for a more flattering shape but they do not have the wide laser cut finish.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-05-22
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