Girl Bike Love, well, loves to review new gear so you can imagine our excitement when Pactimo sent us over a couple of kits to try out. When Sarai handed me the rainbow-laden, size small Women’s Ascent Shorts, admittedly I was a bit worried about the size.

Though I am pretty small and spandex stretches, I do have a sizeable posterior. Like pulling on a dreadfully tight pair of jeans, I looked at the shorts with apprehension. Here goes nothing.

To my surprise they fit like a glove. In fact, I can honestly say they are THE most comfortable bike shorts I have worn. With an 8.5” inseam, they are a bit longer than I am used to but with the comfort being what it is, this is not a concern. The yoga style waistband is a great feature.  Adding to the comfort, the waistband hugs without pinching, squeezing or, uh hmm, muffin top-age.

The feel of a fabric is important to me. When I shop, I run my fingers through garments feeling for a certain level of softness before I will even try something on . The Ascent Shorts, made with Shield XC lycra definitely passed the touch test. The fabric feels amazing on. Its tight weave paired with the large u-panel on the rear makes the fabric ideal for laser printing on your team logo. The fabric moves with your body, is extra durable and does a stand-up job of wicking away sweat.

The minimally seemed legs paired with their silicone gripper keep the soft, moveable, thin fabric in place without bunching or constriction on the thighs.

And the chamois? With some cycling shorts the chamois takes constant adjustment to feel aligned only to move again the moment I get out of the saddle. This is not so with not too bulky chamois on the Pactimo Ascent Shorts. The multi-density 4-way stretch Cytech pad is one of the best on the market.  It stayed snug and moved with me on the bike.

This high-performance Pactimo Ascent short retails at $80. With their creative designs, bright colors and amazing comfort, you won’t think twice about slipping into a pair for a long day in the saddle.

By Stephanie Loveless – Boulder, CO – cycling sister and lover of touch-ably soft bike gear.