Assos brings greater comfort and long distance pleasure to bottoms with their T.laalalaiShorts_S7 Lady. The T tells you these are bib shorts. The S7 refers to the new pad design. And everything in between has been refined to make the short more comfortable and better-oriented to the long miles.
Every short has to start somewhere and we’ll start by looking at the T. The bib system is not the same as you’ll find on men’s shorts. Those bibs don’t work well with women’s curves. The back panel is mesh and designed to stabilize the rest of the short with controlled stretch around the body and back. The shoulders of the bibs, while they sit narrower than traditional straps, are also wider at the top for less pressure. They come together, and narrow, in front, toward what initially seems like a back-specific yoke. Only it’s just a way to get the bib out of the way and run down the front to a firm, yet easy to work, magnetic clasp. On the other side of the clasp is the narrowed top of a spandex panel, which gathers up the front with little pressure and no “muffin-top” action.
The leg panels have been similarly worked. Rather than having a gripper underneath the fabric or stitched beyond the bottom, Assos has opted to integrate the gripper on the outside of the legs only. They’ve actually removed fabric so the more compressive, thicker material sits flush with the rest of the type.439 fabric, which is light compressive, and abrasion-resistant. This design holds the legs firm, yet avoids the sausage-casing look that people fear from lesser bottoms.
The legs themselves are a bit shorter than in previous iterations, and they lengthen as the sizes get larger.
The pad is the new S7 Lady. It’s got memory foam padding of multiple thicknesses, it’s got the golden gate stitch-free sides for movement without constriction, it’s got the waffled perforated foam for better moisture wicking, it’s got the rear terminal wherein the back of the pad is attached to the back panels rather than the bottom of the knicker. And the thickest blocks of pads have been set apart to better match up with women’s ischial tuberosities.
The Assos T.laalalaiShorts_s7 Lady are the summer shorts that will be the bottoms of choice for year ‘round hammering.