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Unlike many cycling apparel manufacturers, Gore Bike Wear pours an equally attentive level of engineering into their top-end product as they do everything beneath. The Oxygen Shorts are a prime example of thoughtful design that blends a superlative level of functionality with a wallet-friendly price. The short is constructed from a high gauge nylon and Lycra blend for ample muscle support, and features an oversized waistband to prevent any tummy discomfort when you're hunched over in the drops. The front panels just above where the insert is stitched have a lower degree of elasticity to ensure complete support with minimal chafing. Gore even included a mesh side pocket for easy stashing and retrieval of a small media player if you prefer giving your ride a soundtrack.
The Oxygen Shorts are fitted with Gore's low-profile Ozon Lady insert. Gore likes to describe their Ozon as a multi-tasker that's capable of keeping you cool and comfortable as you muscle through a spin class power-hour or a long afternoon with the ladies. This seamless and highly elastic chamois moves with your body as you pedal, keeping sensitive contact points gently cushioned. You'll notice a series of carefully engineered anatomic channels running across the insert — these serve two purposes: first, to prevent the insert from creasing and creating potential chafe points as you ride, and secondly, expediting moisture transfer so you remain comfortably ventilated.
The Gore Bike Wear Women's Oxygen Shorts are now available in four colorways for you to choose from: Black, Black/Pool Blue, Black/White, and White/Black. They are available in X-Small to XX-Large with a modest inseam measuring 23cm (9in).
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Anyone who likes their Assos shorts will love these! They are VERY similar in fit, fabric, and chamois. They are not as flattering as some of my other shorts (Castelli, LG), but this is also true with my Assos. However, after 60+ miles, I am not as concerned with flattery as I am comfort and these sure fit the comfort bill. Standing, these shorts bunch in the back, but in the riding position they fit great. The chamois is a little thicker than most so you need to like a thick chamois to like these shorts. The bulk doesn't bother me as I don't walk around much when I ride. They are a little on the long side at around 8 or 8.5 inches, but I am short. The leg grippers keep the legs from riding up and the waist band does not bind. I am 5'3" and 148 lbs and the medium fits great so size down if you are unsure or between sizes. The best part of these shorts is how the chamois comes down a little lower on the thigh than most. This is where I need the protection - not necessarily in the middle of the chamois. I wish more manufactureres would put more padding on the outsides of the chamois than in the middle, but that could just be me. Again, these are almost identical to my Assos which I love. I just wish they would make them a little more flattering/stylish!
The pad is huge. Feels like wearing a diaper