The short of it.
When you're kitting up for a ride, bibs can seem cumbersome and annoying, with unnecessary straps, and not-so-women-friendly design features. The problem on the flip side is that it can be tough to find top-tier shorts with as clean of a fit, or much attention to details are their bibbed counterparts. Fortunately, Etxeondo doesn't leave us short-lovers in the dust, and the Olaia Shorts for Women prove it. Taking the best features from its Women's bibs, and adding a few extra details, the Olaia Shorts set you up to be just as supported when you're banging out the hard miles on the bike, crushing oppressive climbs, and conquering jarring canyon descents.
The Olaia uses Etxeondo's Powersystem 1.2 fabric cut into multiple panels. Unlike other manufacturers who strive to create as many panels as possible, Etxeondo knows that if constructed properly, minimal panels not only are able to provide the same fit, they also minimize chafing from excess seams. The Powersystem fabrics feature Lycra Sport threads woven into the fabric which gives it flex to move with you. Additionally, the material features light compressive qualities which help to minimize muscle vibration from rough roads. It also is breathable and helps to move moisture away from your skin. The 1.2 designation makes it a medium-weight fabric. Lighter weight mesh-woven panels have been placed at the hips of the Olaia shorts. These help to further keep you dry and cool by allowing excess heat to escape.
To ensure that you'll ride in comfort, Etxeondo used its top-tier women's chamois in the Olaia shorts. This multi-density insert was constructed in three pieces, all connected with chafe-free seaming, which ensure that it conforms to your curves no matter what direction you are moving. It is constructed around E.I.T. microfiber that features two layers to help move moisture away from your skin. Under the top layer are several densities of foam which provide support for your sit bones while cushioning soft tissue areas.
Don't let the "shorts" designation scare you away. The Olaia shorts feature an extra-wide waistband with a deep V in the front. This detail ensures that your waist won't be pinched by thin elastic. Wide elastic grippers at the legs hold the shorts in place. The shorts are finished with reflective details which help to increase your visibility if your ride extends into dusk.
- Performance minded shorts for those who don't crave bibs
- Strategic paneling supports your muscles while you ride
- Medium weight fabric hugs you snugly and breathes
- Let your legs get fresh air with mesh panels
- Women's specific chamois cushions your sit bones
- Elastic grippers at hem hold legs in place
- Stay visible in low light with reflective details
- Extra wide waistband with deep V supports abdomen, and skips elastic