Urbanist launched their ‘Chamois Panties’ via a Kickstarter page in 2013 – and the attractive knickers with built-in cycling specific pads went down a storm.
A eureka moment concept from Christiana Guzman, the pants came in two designs: the Brigette boy short, with thicker pad, and the sightly slimmer line Bettie.
We were mega impressed with the idea, and the delivery. As contributor Adele Mitchell put it in her review: “Imagine you have secured yourself a cycling date with the man of your dreams. A couple of circuits of the park and a few beers later, then its back to yours and the realisation that it’s impossible to remove a pair of cycling shorts in a seductive fashion…
“Or what if you just like wearing nice pants and riding your bike? Or want something discreet but effective to wear beneath workout gear for your spin class? Hurrah! Here comes Bettie to solve every one of these pressing women’s cycling issues!”
The good news is that despite their instant success, Urbanist haven’t rested on their laurels – and they’ve added a selection of new designs to the range. All versions come in at £45, exactly the same as the original pants, and feature a quality built-in Italian chamois.
The pretty and practical knickers are exclusively available from VeloVixen – who recently ran a poll to see which of the new options were most popular. The polka dot print came out on top, followed by leopard print in close second – would you agree?