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Assos H.laalalaiShorts_s7 Lady Shorts


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Item # AAS004D

Short on bibs, long on comfort.

The bib-free Assos H.laalalaiShorts_s7 Lady Shorts showcase Assos' goldenGate construction method, a welcome addition to the Swiss manufacturer's women's line since it may be our favorite recent advancement in cycling shorts technology. GoldenGate involves attaching the chamois at the front and rear, leaving the sides free to float so the chamois moves with your body instead of against it. This effectively relocates friction from the skin/chamois interface to the chamois/shorts, all but eliminating skin irritation in that most sensitive of areas. We're starting to see this feature crop up in other manufacturers' lines but — true to the precedent of history — Assos did it first and continues to do it better.

The rest of the shorts are what you would expect from the self-styled "shorts company," with a compressive, durable fabric arranged anatomically. Your body fits into the shorts, rather than the shorts deforming to fit your body. That keeps all the disparate elements of the shorts — from the forgiving inserts at the leg openings to the gently compressive waistband — in the places where they belong while still affording unfettered movement in the saddle.

The lack of bibs doesn't just address the difficulty of reconciling bib straps with a woman's anatomy. It also lets the H.laalalaiShorts transcend the barriers of warm-weather imposed on other shorts. They're useful as a base layer when temperatures and precipitation start falling, because you can wear them beneath tights without adding undue bulk or interfering with your torso layering strategy. When the weather heads south, you won't be stuck with a terry-cloth winter chamois. Considering that Assos is known as "the shorts company" for a reason, that's a welcome revelation.

In addition to the goldenGate tech mentioned above, the H.laalalaiShorts bring to women's-specific kit the same _s7 chamois technology found throughout Assos' men's line. At the insert's heart is an 8mm-thick memoryFoam material with remarkable return properties, so it quickly resumes its original position and shape after deformation. This essentially fills the gaps between body and chamois created by your pedal stroke while your weight shifts throughout the cycling motions. As you can imagine, the free-floating, goldenGate design also facilitates this gap-free fit, which keeps contact constant to avoid chafing.

Finally, the superAir and waffle construction of the insert's first two layers warrant special attention, as they increase breathability and shed weight through negative space. They also effectively increase the material's surface area, transporting moisture away from your skin to accelerate drying for hours of comfort that go beyond what the insert's low weight would suggest.

Tech Specs

80% polyamide, 20% elastane
S7 Lady
Chamois Thickness:
8 mm
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


Women's Apparel
Hip 33.9in
Chest 31.5in
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.

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I wish I could buy last version

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I don't care for these shorts and wish I could continue to buy the older version. Specifically, they run small and I don't care for the compression. I typically ride endurance 5+ hour rides

Lisa, what shorts are your favorite brand and style for long endurance rides??

My favorite shorts are: ASSOS H FI.Lady S5 Shorts

almost great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

i am tall and thin. i got size S, and hoped they'd fit snugly and stay down. the chamois is comfortable enough, but the legs do ride up, which bugs me. i'd even rather they'd be longer; but the men's were way too loose in the legs. so probably not my go to shorts, but comfortable.

I'm 5'8 138lbs
I wear med in PI brand
torn between a med or a large. although there is only 2cm difference in the two sizes, can some one help me please?

I wear a size small in the S5's (can't find another size small anywhere) - got a size small in the H.laalalaiShorts_s7 Lady and they are too small. I am returning them and willget a size medium. I'm 5' 8" and weigh 132.

I am 5'4" and 145 lbs and I wear a large and they fit me really well. So, you probably should go with a medium.

Miles and miles of comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Assos has made THE perfect short! The overall fit is snug but forgiving, and the fabric is a dream to wear; soft, supportive and cool in hot temperatures. I'm 5'6, 120 lbs, have a smaller waist but fairly muscular legs. Typically, shorts are either boxy or too tight in the legs. The small in this short was perfect, even for someone with a longer torso- they did not pull downward while riding.

Lastly, the new Golden Gate chamois is THE BEST I've ever worn! So comfortable and not bulky and diaper-like. The real test for me was a climbing century in warmer conditions, and I already had a saddle sore from my old shorts- these shorts saved me and I felt I could've done 100 miles more!

Best shorts ever

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Assos finally hit it. I have always thought they had the chamois too thick and that it just missed. With this short, they seem to have finally found the magic mix. The chamois is perfect (granted it is still thick, but it works); the shorts have a nice inseam and are generally comfortable. You can wish that there was an extra inch in the front so that they gave a bit more coverage, but the low ride nature in front is nowhere near the problem it was in the winter tights.

BEST CYCLING SHORTS EVER!!!!!! I have been a long-time fan of Assos, having several pair of S5's. But after having just finished a week-long Alps cycling trip (6 days/600k) during which I exclusively wore these shorts (yes, I washed them in the sink every night!), I am a new fan of these shorts in particular! I love the floating pad! No saddle sores or soreness at all!!! They are great and worth every dime. The purple (magenta?) pad is less bulky than the original Assos blue pad, which I never found too big of a deal anyway, but I do love the new floating design because there is really minimal to no chafing at all! Amazing shorts!

I'm 5'8 138lbs
I wear med in PI brand
torn between a med or a large. although there is only 2cm difference in the two sizes, can some one help me please