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Women's Core Shorts


Women's Core Shorts is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 104.
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Rapha Core Shorts use collection-specific materials and technology to set the new standard in performance, comfort and value. Designed for every road rider, they are constructed for simple quality.

Women's Core Shorts$110.00

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Simple quality cycling shorts

‘For weekday training and commuting, Rapha have totally nailed it. Bravo all round’The Times

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

These simple, quality shorts are designed for any ride and use the same high-spec chamois pad as the Women’s Classic Shorts. The main panels use a dense-knit fabric for modesty, even distribution of stretch, while laser-cut leg grippers lined with soft silicone provide a comfortable and flattering fit. The grippers also prevent the shorts from bunching, nipping or moving out of position. Flatlock seams are positioned carefully for a stable fit and feel, and the shorts have subtle tonal Rapha logos.

“The Core collection is about optimising innovative fabrics and processes across the entire collection to reduce production hours and wastage. For example, the leg-gripper trim reappears in the jersey back, the material for the zip guard is used again on the sleeve tips, and bindings use rolled edges. This means we can produce Core garments without compromise, leading to a new standard for everyday cycling apparel.”
Alex Valdman, Head of Design


“It really is hard to find fault with the Core Shorts at this price and level of quality. These are premium shorts at a mid-range price.”
★★★★½ Lara Dunn,


  • Classic Rapha chamois pad
  • Black dense-knit fabric for modesty
  • Colour-matched trims throughout
  • New seam construction
  • Laser-cut soft-silicone leg grippers
  • Subtle tonal branding


  • 82% Polyamide
  • 18% Elastane


  • Gentle machine wash: 30°C
  • Do not iron
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Wash with non-bio detergent

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 Comfy These are by far my favourite cycling shorts now, as they are so well made and really comfortable on a long ride. The other thing I like about them is that they are a great shape and well fitted.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and support for the long ride I bought these to wear on an 80 mile ride. They were comfortable, did not need adjusting and kept me well cushioned for the entire ride. The next day, I was not saddle sore thanks to these shorts! Well worth the investment!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Very comfortable to wear while in the road. I will definitely recommend it....
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shorts These are the best shorts I have used . So great I bought another pair . Rapha can you start to do core 3/4 length now please.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice shorts This is my second pair of shorts, I think they are the best.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic quality This is my first pair of Rapha shorts and I am really pleased with them. Super comfy over long rides and the leg length is perfect for me. And they have a story printed on the inside of the waistband- a hidden bonus as I am a narrative researcher!!!!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my view of shorts! These shorts are terrific. They stay put, the chamois is great, and they look surprisingly good. I'm a recreational/fitness road cyclist and I generally stick to rides that are 20 miles and under. So, I can't speak to how these shorts would fare on a longer ride. What I can say is that they're more comfortable and look better than any short I've tried. They are, as other reviewers have noted, a bit on the long side. I have long thighs, so they work for me. They may not work for those with shorter thighs. Overall, great shorts at a moderate price.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent pair of shorts As per usual, Rapha delivers the best women specific cycling shorts on the market. I've used these for training rides, spin classes and long-distance touring. They are supremely comfortable and look great on! The clever design means no pinching around the waist or legs. The pad inside is firm, but comfortable when used with a racing saddle. I've ridden 100miles in these with out any chafing or rubbing. Brilliant product! (I'm a size UK12 and purchased these in an L - they fit like a glove)
Date published: 2017-08-17
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Which jersey option closest matches the fabric of these shorts? The Women's Core Jersey, or the Classic Jersey II (in black)? I am trying to avoid different shades of black.

Asked by: Jessica Louise
The Women's Core Jersey would be the better choice of colour match on this occasion.
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2018-01-22

I have a 25-inch waist. Should I buy XXS or XS? Thank you.

Asked by: Jane360
If you have a 25-inch waist, we recommend the XS Shorts for you
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-08-30

The classic shorts size S were a good fit but 3cm too big around the grippers on the legs. How do the core shorts compare?

Asked by: Lynette
The Core Shorts have the same dimensions as the Classic in this size
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-08-21

HI , I purchased L core shorts. Fit. Is great on waist as my waist Is 80 cm but  feel a bit bagging in crotch area . And now worn a few months. Feel loose in crutch with some movement.  Is this normal should I  order medium . Dianne

Asked by: Dianne
The fit of the garments should be a relaxed fit but should not feel baggy. You could try the Medium size for future purchases.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-06-19

How do the chamois in the Women's Core and Classic shorts compare?

Asked by: cbratina
Hi, the Women's Core Shorts have the same high-spec chamois pad as the Women’s Classic Shorts.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-05-21

I'm normally a size uk 12, what size shorts would fit please

Asked by: Busycyclingmum
A Medium sized garment should be the correct size. We do have a 90 day returns policy should the garment not meet with your specificity.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-05-11

If the waist measurement in 28 for the small, what is the measurements for the hips?  What about the hips in the medium?

Asked by: AmyR
Hi, for a better size guide please refer to
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-05-11

So does that mean that they are not anatomically specific to women or men? Therefore if i wanted a pair of bib short's that i could just buy the ones your are selling as men's shorts?

Asked by: nics610
Hi, the shorts take into account the differences between the body shapes of Men and Women. The Women's Core shorts are anatomically specific to Women and the Men's Core Shorts are anatomically specific to Men.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-08-02
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