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Assos T.laalaLaiShorts_S7 Lady Bib Shorts - Women's
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Description

Revolutionary.

The number of claimed firsts in Assos' history is astounding. First skinsuit (1976), first Lycra cycling shorts and bibs ('76), first multi-density chamois ('88 — maybe our favorite "first"), first leg grippers ('98) — the list goes on. While they're not another industry first, the T.laalaLaiShorts_S7 Lady Bib Shorts do represent the first bibs in the women's S7 line. For those of us who have been clinging to our long-suffering T FI.Lady_S5 or the skinsuit-esque tB.laalaLai_s5, the T.laalalLaiShorts will be received with no less revolutionary fanfare than those other firsts.

It took the company six years to design the men's S7 line, and in the seventh year, it comes to women, too. And it didn't come alone. It's brought with it a host of features that were pioneered in the men's S7 shorts but refined for women. Instead of the typeA.430 and 434 material used in our old Lady Assos bibs, the T.laalaLaiShorts are made of the same type.439 material used in the men's T.equipe and T.cento shorts. The material is laid out in a pattern designed to accommodate a woman's body in the saddle, and — though the shorts shaping is the result of a completely independent design process — the type.439 material provides the same functional benefits for women as it does for men.

Specifically, the material is breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying. All of which are obvious and, at this point, just assumed features. The material's real shine lies in its compression, which Assos engineered to provide an asymmetrically compressive hold that stretches more around your body rather than vertically. While unmediated, all-way stretch is a nice element for general comfort in cycling shorts, Assos' targeted, direction-specific stretch ups the ante by balancing compression, yield, return, and support for a cycling-specific application. This balance allows uninhibited pedaling while further reducing the fatiguing oscillations caused by road noise vibrating through the muscles of your engine.

This targeted fit construction also means that, while you're rifling through your apartment looking for your sunglasses and a CO2 cannister before a ride, the shorts aren't going to feel completely comfortable. But. When you finally clip into the pedals and stretch out to the bars, your body will click into the T.laalaLaiShorts. This Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design (AEPD) fit is ever-present with the S7 line, and it's been further enhanced by its new Y7 bib strap design. While the S5's straps were spot-on from a comfort perspective, this latest generation's straps give wider berth to the throat for better support. For example, while positioned over the hoods or down in the drops, traditional bib straps generally create a gap away from the torso between the collarbone and upper hips. But by aligning the straps outward, more along the obliques, the straps hug the torso, mimicking the body's movements without any gap, regardless of on-the-bike positioning.

Also like the men's S7 models, the type.439 material used here is finished with an iceColor application, which effectively reduces surface temperature in dark fabrics. Unlike the men's versions, though, the women-specific bibs include a front buckle. The new model has been updated with a magnetic connection that Assos claims is more comfortable than that on the S5, but we never really had any complaints about the outgoing system. The obvious improvement is in the mechanism's engagement, which clicks into place with the same intuitive ease that the your body clicks into the Assos fit.

As the first women's bibs in the S7 line, the T.laalaLaiShorts also introduce lady racers to the joys of the purple chamois. As with all of the S7 collection, the insert rocks Assos' new amethyst color, a purple hue chosen to pay homage to the clothing of Roman emperors, English monarchs, and members of the Japanese aristocracy. The chamois is designed according to the same philosophy of progressive support that informs the men's amethyst inserts but with a topography specific to female anatomy. The material's high stretch, high return properties allow it to compress and expand in coordination with the surprisingly complex pattern of movement that pedaling produces in the ischial and perineal areas. This effectively "fills the gaps" that other inserts leave during a pedal stroke, reducing the number of instances when the skin in these sensitive areas separates from and reencounters the chamois surface. The result is less chaffing, because the chamois moves with your skin rather than independently of it.

Assos also rethought the way a traditional chamois is attached to the shorts, developing yet another avenue to help reduce friction and irritation. This led them to what they are calling the goldenGate, which involves interrupting the stitching along both of the chamois' side panels, allowing a more "three-dimensional" freedom of movement in this sensitive, rotational area. But if that weren't enough, Assos went ahead and extended the chamois' thinly-padded sides over this short-to-chamois junction, making the transition against your skin as smooth as possible.

Tech Specs

Material:
73% polyamide, 18% elastane, 9% polyester
Fit:
form
Chamois:
S7 Lady
Bib:
yes, magnetic Y bib
Leg Gripper:
silicone, elastic
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

Size Chart

Assos

Women's Apparel
Shorts
 XSSMLXL
Hip

33.9in

(86cm)

35.4in

(90cm)

39.4in

(100cm)

40.2in

(102cm)

43.3in

(110cm)

Tops
 XSSMLXL
Chest

31.5in

(80cm)

33.5in

(85cm)

35.4in

(90cm)

37.8in

(96cm)

40.2in

(102cm)

How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Hip:
Standing with your feet together, measure around the widest part of your hips.
Chest:
Measure around the widest part of your chest.

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Couldn't wait...but

  • Fit: Runs large

I've been wanting Assos bibs for a long time, but these will be returned. The sizing was too generous, and while I could have sized down, they are just too long for my liking. Bummer. I know Assos is supposed to be the best. I will remark, that at my brief try on, I was surprised they didn't feel better in materials and construction. I have other Italian made bibs that seem much higher end quality and are about $50 less.

Best chamois, starting to love the strap

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

This chamois is by far the largest chamois I have ever worn. It really covers a lot of surface area and offers a very comfortable ride. As far as the chamois goes, at 8mm thick, its not the thickest chamois I've every worn (Giordana NXG bibs is a little more padded) but it is super super comfy. Once I put these bibs on, I dont have to think about them moving around or anything while riding. The inseam is pretty long, even on me, and the shorts go to 4 inches or so above my knee (I am 5'11'' 148lbs and wear a medium).

I will add that the straps down the front made me a little nervous they would be uncomfortable but I honestly love them. The first ride it was a little weird starting out to have that strap right down the center of my chest but after the first bathroom break, I was sold. Pulling off the bibs to answer natures call has never been easier. There is definitely a little fumbling with the straps on the back when pulling back up but overall, it is much easier than completely undressing like with other bibs.

I will also add that it is important to note that these bibs are meant to fit *while riding a bike* which means that they might feel too tight or fall below your belly button when standing straight up but once you are bent over the handlebars pedaling the bike, the fit is excellent. I would highly recommend these bibs to all my friends and Ill probably be buying a couple more pairs for myself!

UPDATE: Rode for 7.5 hours yesterday in these bibs and holy cow they were amazing. Assos's motto "suffer in comfort" is so true. The last thing I want to think about on a long epic ride is chamois or bib discomfort and these bibs get the job done and do it well. Seriously incredible pair of bibs. Day after the ride and I have zero saddle sores or rear end pain. I'm honestly going to buy 3 more pairs. Please reach out if you have questions, I recommend these bibs over all the others I have ever worn/ owned! sedwards@backcountry.com

5-star chamois, 1-star bib strap design

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The chamois is the star of these shorts and is, as expected from Assos, incredible. I could wax poetic about it for a while, but suffice to say it's really, really comfortable and right there with some of the best chamois I've ever worn. Attached to that chamois, the shorts' fabric is an ideal blend of stretch and compression, with enough breathability to handle summer days without feeling like you're falling short on cool spring mornings when paired with knee warmers.

That said, the bib strap design is just awful. It's difficult (and super awkward) to stretch overhead to actually get on, and still requires removal of all the top layers at mid-ride rest stops (it would take some extreme shoulder flexibility otherwise). Once on, the plastic clasp sits uncomfortably against the skin, so a baselayer is a must with these shorts. The straps also sit close in at the neck, so they show if you unzip your jersey at all.

Overall, if Assos would make these shorts with a traditional bib setup, they'd be my top choice for any day on the bike. The leg length is on point, the hems stay in place comfortably, and the chamois is really as amazing as Assos says it is. They're still my go-to in baselayer/knee warmer weather b/c of the shorts construction, and are definitely worth a try to see if you can get past the bibs.

Side note - I've talked to a few riders on the shorter end of the height spectrum who are completely fine with the bib design, so it may have something to do with height. The bibs may be less obtrusive if they don't have to be stretched as much.

On sizing - I'm 5'8", 115lbs and have a size small, which is a little bigger than I'd like in the shorts, but they work. An extra-small would be ideal if the bibs were normal or a little longer.

Happy Camper

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

GF loves them, but now she's truly spoiled -- she'll wear nothing else!

Wife loves them!

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

My wife won't wear any other brand. Thank you Assos we now spend more time in the saddle.

I agree with this review. Rode 7 days through the Greater Yellowstone Eco system. 25,000ft climbing over 500miles. Had two pair of Assos plus other bibs but would wash Assos at camp because of the comfort they provided. Amy husband got saddle sores...not me
5'3"
114 pounds
size small