Cianelo Batik Padded Cycling Shorts
I do love a good set of matching shorts to go with a cool jersey, and these from Cianelo certainly go a long way to adding that little extra ‘zing’ of style to every pedal stroke.
The leg grippers feature double lycra, and the wide band didn’t cut in, whilst the women’s shaped chamois provided plenty of comfort on long and short rides.
I’m mostly a fan of bib shorts, and rarely choose waist shorts over full bibs. Cinaelo have made an effort to eradicate the need for bibs and their pesky toilet complications with the use of a high waist and ever higher back to the shorts.
From a size 12 upwards (I tested a 10), they also feature a ‘tummy tuck’ panel to provide extra support and prevent discomfort.
On the plus side, these shorts didn’t fall down or move around – something I’ve found with waist shorts in the past, rendering the pad completely useless. However, I did find that though the elasticated waistband was out of mind most of the time, during tough interval efforts where I was breathing hard it provided a notable restriction.
Admittedly, when working hard over a hill or drowning in sweat on the turbo trainer, it’s easy to find problems with cycling kit that cause you to turn your attentions away from the burn in your legs. However, I have worn waist shorts with wide, yoga style waistbands and met no problems. Adam at Cianelo did promise me the sizing becomes more generous up the scale, and that the tummy panel in size 12 upwards could help eliminate the problem, but I can’t offer personal experience here.
For those who simply don’t want to deal with the complications of bibs, the high waist design could be perfect, but I would be cautious if you’ve found elasticated waists annoying in the past.
Aside from this, the shorts did a great job. The material is made from a pleasantly compressive 210gm polyamide which doesn’t allow for any nasty transparency (despite white details) and breathes well, whilst the chamois is thick enough for short spins right through to all day adventures – without being nappy-esque.
Sizes: 8 – 16. See them here for £65.