Assos H FI.Lady_S5 Women's Shorts $188.95
Well made shorts for spin class
Short rides and morning spin classes may not hold the same weight as climbing 3,000 feet in the Swiss Alps, but these activities still require the use of wicking fabrics and a supportive chamois. Although you may not need the intensity of bibs, a well-constructed pair of shorts will feel comfortable during your hour long visit to the pain cave with your spin instructor, Hans. Leave your bibs for long rides, and slip into a pair of Assos H FI.Lady_S5 Women's Shorts. Using the coveted fabrics and impeccable design that Assos is known for, these will quickly become your go-to shorts when you're not climbing mountain passes.
Assos equates comfort with a measurable race-advantage, and its products are designed for both. With that in mind, the H FI.Lady_S5 shorts are designed with a wide, two-part waistband that feels more like the soft hug of yoga pants than that of traditional cycling shorts. The waistband sits securely next to your skin, without being constrictive, and it uses an elastic band on the back portion to keep the shorts in place.
The H FI.Lady_S5 shorts are stitched into a six-panel design. Unlike many shorts, the six panels are not cut 'square' with vertical lines, but rather, they're cut curved to accentuate the body and minimize bunching in the saddle. On the front panels, Assos employs flat-panel stitching down the legs to minimize stretch and to provide greater compression to the legs. Besides moving less on your skin, the compression supports your muscles, helping to reducing muscular fatigue over the course of a ride. Grippers have also been incorporated around the hem of the leg-opening to keep the fit position secure. These shorts are also treated with a UV protection of 50 to keep the sun at bay during your afternoon ride.
The shorts use Assos' women's-specific version of its legendary S5 chamois. This chamois makes use of a design that's slightly shorter from front-to-back, and a bit wider side-to-side than a traditional women's chamois. The S5 has more padding in the sit bones, and is made with the same Elastic Interface Technology as the Men's version.
One note to keep in mind: Assos designs all of its clothing within the Assos Ergonomic Pattern Design philosophy. When you put these shorts on, they will pull and bunch when you're standing straight up looking in the mirror. But they're not designed to be comfortable when you're standing in your bedroom -- rather, they're designed to 'click' into place when you're on your bike. You'll experience the true beauty of the Assos fit when you're in the saddle hammering in the drops.
The Assos H FI.Lady_S5 Women's Shorts come in Black, Blue/black, Red/black, Yellow/black, and White/black. They're available in six sizes from X-Small to TIR.
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Standing with your feet together, measure around the widest part of your hips.
- Measure around the widest part of your chest.
Reviews & Community
The best! Why such a limited selection?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have lots of issues with my sit bones. As a result, I need to wear well padded shorts. (At least I know I'm sitting properly on my bike). After much research and many dollars spent, the Assos are my favorite, most protective shorts. In second place are the Rapha shorts, which, while exquisitely made, aren't quite as protective. In third place are my Castelli shorts with the Kiss3 pad. Assos shorts are superbly made; my oldest pair of S5 shorts (of three in use) is still with me and looks as good as the day I started wearing it four years ago. I'm curious why your selection has become so sparse? Eliminating this brand? Making room for a new model?
Nice short but lacking for distance
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
These shorts are a great quality, seem to run true to size if not a little generous. Tried them for a short 35 mile ride and felt the chamois was lacking but shorts were comfortable. Tried on a medium length ride, 62 miles, and determined they are not for distance riding. Wanted a nonbulky chamois but this one is too thin, not protecting my "girl parts". Interesting was the difference in comfort when cruising at 14-15mph, nice, when ramping speed up to 18-20mph, chamois was nonprotective in the front, sit bones were fine at any speed. Thanks to return policy, these will probably be sent back as need shorts for an upcoming century and have plenty for under 50 rides.
A Little 'Surprise' improvement...
The NEW wash bag is larger, and built better. Now, a pair of shorts/jersey can actually fit inside and allow enough room for water to pass through and around garments. Plus, garments don't come out of the bag as easily as they did in the older version. For bibs, though, I bought a yet somewhat larger wash bag which works perfectly for them. Hand washing is best...but for those of us short on time...
The little blue bottle is a sample of Assos *Active Wear Cleanser that came with the TF1 13F Lady_SF5's. 3 cap fulls for hand washing, 6 for machine (delicate cycle). Has a somewhat polymer smell to it...but the guys will appreciate the non-flowery scent!
The Thing I Love!
Love Red (well, purple, too)...Great-Looking 'kit'. Colors are of the same shade of red, thankfully. Just enough black to make for a really slick look!
Can't wait to try these out (if I keep the shorts); still snowing out here!
Will up-date later, when and if Spring, or Summer get here...and STAYS!
Textile tag located on outside bottom of waistband of this red version. Just be aware*
*I have decided to return/exchange...will up-date if the next 'new' shorts have the same issue...
Noticed (on another site wt. great close up pics) that they have tags sewn on the outside of the bib shorts, too. Better not to have tags inside may be their thinking (I agree), better yet would be to have the info 'stamped' on in a obscure area (like some other makers are now doing)...it would be cost effective, as well!
Front of leg seams...
Last years model featured flat lock seams that were sewn flat to the garment (front of leg); while the pair I just received isn't. May be a comfort problem with the endless up-stroke of the leg over the miles. We'll see.
Textile Tag on OUTSIDE of Shorts?
Assos' mistake, or intention? I can not believe Assos would place this tag on the outside of any of their garments on purpose...that just doesn't make sense.
Which leads me to believe these are a fluke, or....seconds...which, if the latter, it should be stated as being so, if indeed this is the case. Is it possible that's why they're on sale for so 'cheap'....and removing the tag will leave a remnant...can't leave the thing on there!
Just saying...very disappointed...am returning/exchanging...hopefully this was just a mistake that slipped pass Q.C.
Up-dated chamois: the blue one is the most recent purchased short ("14"), the orange one behind is in the blue version purchased last year.
Will up-date performance when the weather breaks in my area of the country.
Long & "Short" of it
2" inseam difference as well.
Red vs Blue
Major diffs', some good, some not so good...
Red vs Blue
Differences not pictured on this page.
New and Improved...
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
The blue shorts I bought last summer (13), & the red version I just got...two different shorts indeed! Be aware, the red shorts pictured on this page are not the shorts I received...totally different!
Most notable differences:
Chamois now is thicker, with a sort of 'divited' surface...interesting concept.
The 'newer' version has wider leg bands, with a color on color graphic. Also, it has a 3 small silicone grippers on the inside thigh area only; whereas the older style has a sort of built-in gripper type material on its leg bands.
The older pair has flat-lock seams that are sewn flush to the shorts both inside/out. The newer pair's seams are not sewn flush (on front side) to the shorts inside, nor the interesting 'look' on the outside as previous years' version...most importantly, will these non-flush sewn seams be a comfort issue...will post after I get come actual wear in these...still way to cold to ride in shorts in my area at this posting (still snowing!). Will up-date.
The newer version has a longer inseam: 8" for the blue ("13"), and 10" for this latest pair (this is measuring, un-stretched, from the center of the crotch to the leg ends, size XL).
But this new pair losses a full point for lack of detail and construction of the inside seams, and another point for the annoying placement of a large 'textile' tag placed on the OUTSIDE back of this garment!!! Was this a mistake by Assos, or are the serious?! It will have to somehow be carefully removed, cut as short as possible without cutting garment...then there will still be a apparent 'stump' of a tag left! Almost enough to send back, if I didn't get a good price....but someone send a message to Assos...what's with the outside tag, and the seams that aren't any better than a low-end short!
You won't fade away in the crowd in this Kit!
Side view Assos Shorts & Jersey
Tried to get a side pic of these great shorts.
Assos Jersey & Shorts (Blue)
Very comfy. Brilliant, rich color on the front, black on the backside makes these shorts very cool, and yet practical! No see-thru, either!
*Self pic...kit looks way better in person than this mirror image.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit is, as always, perfect. Performance, perfect. Seams: down the front leg, a bit almost scratchy, but overall, not really a problem...just cut differently than other shorts. Chamois: comfortable, & breathable (while Gore's Xenon is a bit more padded and comfy for long rides, this has a better contour). Wait band: comfortable, and stays in place...good height (I don't like a low waist band...but for those who do, you can easily roll it down with no annoyance.
Considering possibly the Red fronted or maybe even the yellow fronted shorts...anyone have these? Are they see-thru? The Blue one's are not...F.Y.I.!!!
I got the Blue (fronted) shorts to match up with the Adua jersey...vibrant and very cool!