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Women's Classic Shorts


Women's Classic Shorts is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 63.
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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.


“Made using incredibly soft and lightweight material, I found them to be a supremely comfortable pair of shorts. If you’re after a comfortable pair of shorts that are built to last, then these are a worthwhile investment.”
★★★★☆ Carys Matthews, Bike Radar »
"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 comfortable like a second skin If you are hesitating on the price it is well worth it. I cant go back to wearing anything else after these. I love them.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feel like butter Excellent fit, quality, compression! Comfort and style, true to size.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable for long hills ride Couldn't source a replacement like-for-like of my regular cycling shorts & had heard good things about the Rapha shorts. So far they've been really comfortable over several 50-100km hills rides. I'm 164cm tall & the "short' cut is plenty long enough for me.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great leg length The fabric is amazing and they feel great. They work amazingly well on the ride. Love them.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love them I use them on the wattbike And they wick sweat very well, the shorter length shows of my quads!! The pad is excellent, I would highly recommend these. Ps I have 4 pairs
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Comfortable Cycling Shorts I have Worn I bought these as I wanted some new shorts for following the Tour Down Under 2018. I was riding in extremely hot conditions (40+C) on hilly and flat terrain and they were extremely comfortable. Expensive but worth the money.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very flattering I've now bought 2 pairs in a month. I really love these shorts. As soon as they arrived,on they went,what a comfortable ride!!! Very very happy. My go to shorts
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite cycling shorts Perfect length, perfect fit, great padding - this is my 2nd pair of Rapha shorts and i adore them.
Date published: 2017-12-19
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Hi    I like the padding of the Brevet bib shorts but my torso is too long for them.  How does the padding of these compare?

Asked by: mbfnyc1
Hi, the padding on the Classic Shorts is the same as the Classic Bib Shorts, this is not the same pad as the Women's Brevet Bib Shorts. Though we do use Cytech pads on all our shorts so the quality will be equal.
Answered by: Rapha_SR
Date published: 2018-04-03

I am 175 cms tall with long legs so I find your version with two lengths on the classic shorts interesting. Could you tell me what length size medium in the long version is? And also the hip measurement on the classic shorts?

Asked by: Nettan
Hi, we do not hold every single measurement in width but I can tell you the inseam is approximately 22 cms for the Short length and approximately 24.5 cms for the Regular length in the Medium size.
Answered by: Rapha_SR
Date published: 2018-03-27

I have the core shorts in a large and the fit is great. I love the long length very flattering and comfortable. I am thinking of buying the classic shorts long version. Is the fit the same?

Asked by: Catcat
Hi, the Classic Shorts are not the exact same fit but they will be very similar and should you need to exchange or refund, we have a 90 days return period for new/unused garments with tags and in saleable condition.
Answered by: Rapha_SR
Date published: 2018-03-29

we are thinking of ordering a pair of black shorts the picture does not have a side view of the short but the logo appears to be in white or pink but the product features reads: FEATURES Matt black with black logos confusing?

Asked by: Gregory 99
The Black Shorts feature Black on Black logos, whilst the Navy Blue version feature Pink logos
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-12-29

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
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