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De Marchi CL Women's Shorts

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We all have our preferences, and in terms of cycling apparel, none is more divisive than that of the argument for bib shorts or shorts? We understand both sides of argument well enough to not pick a side. However, we have noticed two things that both parties are able to agree on. One is that shorts typically receive the short end of the stick in the quality department, and two, everyone loves Italian craftsmanship. Not surprisingly, De Marchi's new CL Women's Shorts serve the latter, but they also incorporate an identical fabric selection, seam placement, and chamois to what's found on the CL bib shorts.

De Marchi used a lightweight iteration of the venerable Lycra fabric for the bulk of the CL shorts' construction. Why? Because this material encompasses all of the characteristics necessary for cycling. It possesses a high-level of breathability and moisture management, meaning that the fibers are both permeable and moisture wicking. So, your excess body heat is allowed to escape, keeping you consistently cool. Meanwhile, the fabric's ability to pull moisture away from the skin and quickly evaporate it leaves you dry and free from irritation.

Additionally, Lycra possesses a natural four-way stretch, which means that shorts will conform to your position and movements, not against them. This is further supported by De Marchi's incorporation of a six-panel contoured cut. Essentially, this means that CL's seam placement was designed to accommodate the body positions and movements of cycling. As a result, you'll find that the CL is free from any bunching, pinching, or chafing. However, while this high-level of structural conformity is appealing, we find it even more impressive that it doesn't inhibit Lycra's natural compressive tendencies. By this, we mean that the fabric is supportive to the muscle groups of the legs. And when couple with the six-panel cut, the shorts help to minimize the fatigue-inducing effects of muscle oscillation as a result of road vibration.

And to secure this precise, anatomic fit, De Marchi installed pre-shaped, seamless leg grippers to prevent the shorts from shifting. As a result, comfort is increased by eliminating the poignancy that's attributed to either silicone or elastic grippers. Instead, this design provides a smooth, secure interface that's free from irritation.

As for the chamois, De Marchi went with its venerable Elastic Interface Technology W1.3 insert. This chamois was selected for its ample level of cushioning. However, don't think that there's irritable padding where your body doesn't need it. Instead, this women's-specific insert features high-density open cell padding in selective areas, like the sit bones. Accordingly, the areas like the ischial and perineal zones, that are prone to high levels of pressure, are relieved. And with the ample elasticity of the chamois and its surface fabric, chafing is minimized.

It's also worth noting that the CL shorts are made in Italy from Italian-sourced materials. Additionally, this piece is Oekotex-certified -- a certifiable European textile standard.

The De Marchi CL Women's Shorts are available in the color Black and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
Leg Gripper:
yes, W1.3 Insert
[shorts] Lycra
anatomic paneled
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Chamois Thickness:

Size chart

De Marchi

Sizing Chart

Women's Apparel
Jerseys / Jackets
(76.2 - 78.7cm)
(81.3 - 83.8cm)
(86.4 - 88.9cm)
(91.4 - 94.0cm)
(96.5 - 99.1cm)
(83.8 - 86.4cm)
(88.9 - 91.4cm)
(94.0 - 99.1cm)
(99.1 - 104.1cm)
(106.7 - 109.2cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.

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Unanswered Question

How does De Marchi compare to Giordana...

How does De Marchi compare to Giordana *F.C.R. & Giordana's *Laser line-up in performance/fit/quality?

Awesome Fit!!!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I bought these for my wife and they are awesome. Great fit, very comfortable and good looking. The quality is top notch. Now we can dress the same when riding, since I have the mens version.

What is the length of the inseam in...

What is the length of the inseam in inches?

On the one that my wife have that is an XS, the inseam is about 6 inches. That will go up depending on your size.