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Lame - much better options available
on May 20, 2013
Having got these, I'm rather mystified by the other reviews. Yes, they are fairly comfortable, but that's about all I can say for them. Flimsily-constructed shorts that (notwithstanding the product name) would never be able to provide any compression will always seem comfortable, at least until they fall apart.
Don't get me wrong, they work, and even kinda work for my purpose (a semi-recumbent exercycle), but there are *way* better options. These are single-layer, thin-material, two-panel shorts (with a little gusset in the crotch). By comparison, I've had a number of pairs of the Mizuno Women's Solid Compression Short G3, which are just as comfortable, cheaper, two layer, six panel, with a slightly longer leg and higher rise so I don't end up showing so much butt crack. It looks like the Mizuno shorts may be being phased out now, and are no longer available in my size (medium) but they're still available in other sizes and, were they available in my size, I'd be buying a bunch more. Like the Champion shorts, they also come in a bunch of colours.
If you're interested in something more cycling-shorts-like, at about the same price, there's the Tenn Ladies Cycle Cycling Shorts 8 Panel Long Leg. I've got a pair of these, and they are well-built, and definitely provide compression. I tend not to buy cycling shorts, simply because the padding doesn't do you any good on a recumbent bike, and cycling shorts tend to be a little pricy, but these are an excellent deal, and *way* better than the Champion shorts.
Yes, it's nice to get some colours other than boring black for exercise gear, but these shorts are lame compared to the competition, and the colours are kinda dingey (how about some girlie colours for nominally "women's" exercise gear?). I'm keeping mine simply because at least they're better than nothing and, as noted, the Mizuno ones aren't available in my size any more. Still, I'd never recommend them to anyone, and I'd never buy them again. All in all, these don't deliver on an otherwise reputable brand.