In this article I’m going to offer you the best women’s bike shorts for touring.
There are hundreds and hundreds of different shorts to choose from so how do you pick from among them? I’ve narrowed down the list to feature some of the best brands in the market.
I’ve then created a selection from affordable to more premium options, ensuring you get a wide range of cycling shorts to fit your personal budget.
But make no mistake, these shorts will ensure many comfortable miles. And depending on your personal preference, you’ll opt for cargo bibs, endurance-oriented bibs, or performance oriented ones with compression fabric.
So without further ado, here’s my list of the best women’s bike shorts for touring.
Pearl Izumi Women’s Expedition Short
The Pearl Izumi Women’s Expedition Short are affordable cycling shorts with plenty of storage and an understated design.
The short features a women specific dual-density Women’s ELITE Escape 1:1 chamois. It’s top layer can move independantly from it’s foam layer, which reducing friction and chafing. It means that these shorts are perfect for your average dry ride and will proof to be comfortable for a number of hours in the saddle.
The short is made from compression fabric and has 2 large thigh pockets alongside a smaller back pocket. This means you can store larger objects, like your phone, as well as smaller ones like multiple energy bars or small tools. The compression fabric ensures a snug, yet comfortable and flattering fit.
Furthermore, the short has a wide and comfortable waist band and silicone printed hems to keep them in place.
For anything but ultra-distance riding, these shorts are a fantastic option, that doesn’t hurt your wallet too much, offers good storage options, look the part, and are durable as well.
Pearl Izumi Women’s INTERVAL Bib Short
The Pearl Izumi Women’s INTERVAL Bib Short are high-quality cycling bibs offering a wealth of comfort for long rides.
The shorts has the dual-layer ELITE Escape 1:1 chamois, which sits one level below their pro offerings. It means there are dual layers with different densities to spread load away from the sit bones.
Attached front and back they can move independant from each other, offering flexiblity while riding while at the same time reducing friction.
The Elite chamois does not have an added soft top layer for the longest of rides. But the pad does offer tapered edges sealed seamlessly where it connects to the bib.
The INTERVAL bib short is made from ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric, which is a cool name to describe a material that transfers heat and adds added sun reflectiveness.
It also features the drop tail technology, a horizontal cut at the lower back to enable a quick bathroom stop without the need to take of your cycling jersey and undo the straps. The cut is wide enough to uncover that part of the body you wish to uncover when nature calls.
The hems are laser cut and seamless, so the short doesn’t pinch your thighs, but do stay in place thanks to the silicone gripper.
Giordana Women’s SilverLine Bib Short
The Giordana Women’s SilverLine Bib Short is an extremely durable bib short with a great fit for a reasonable price.
It has their 3-layer 13 mm. Cirro-W chamois. It’s a top-of-the-line chamois for female cyclists. While I’m unsure whether it actually heals skin, courtesy of the Aloe Vera layer, the comfort of various waffle-textured open cell layers is unmistakable. And as with other high-end chamois, it has tapered edges seamlessly connected to your bib.
The clipless straps are wide and comfortable and end in a large back panel to ensure a smooth and comfortable fit without any rideup.
The hems are made from an elastic woven fabric to keep them in place without digging in, and they do so perfectly.
For a respectable price the Silverline bib short is a great choice to obtain characteristics of quality, durability and comfort in a fashionable package.
Castelli Endurance W Bibshort
Targeting towards ultimate comfort, the Castelli Endurance W Bibshort offers the most protection on longer rides.
It has the Progetto X2 Air Donna chamois, where a soft skin-layer sits atop a perforated foam layer. This multi-stretch comfort layer is totally seamless, offers different densities to provide the most damping where needed, and has padded inserts. What all this technology does is provide a carefree fit with loads of comfort for arduous multi-hour rides.
The Italian brand always offers flattering designs, and it’s no different with this short. They forgo the droptail design with the horizontal slit other brands incorporate for bathroom stops, and instead opt for extra elastic straps that can be easily pulled down.
The Endurance Evolution compression fabric sits snugly without hampering movement and even with the all-black color, does a good job of keeping you cool and evaporating sweat.
I’ve been a favorite of this brand for years and this affordable short does nothing to change that point of view. Providing great value-for-money in a short that offers the best in the area of comfort for epic rides.
Castelli Prima Bibshort
The Castelli Prima Bibshort is a fantastic affordable option that still manages to look great from the Italian giant.
It’s almost an insult to call these cycling bibs entry-level, since they still feature the amazingly comfortable KISS Air2 Donna chamois. It’s an anatomically shaped dual-density layer, which provides the right kind of support in areas where more pressure is applied. This layer sits underneath an incredible soft skin layer. All layer are seamlessly integrated and Castelli always manages to never make their shorts feel or look bulky.
Furthermore the cycling shorts are made from Pro Dry Soft Lycra, which ensures maximum breathability and moisture-wicking characteristics on long and hot days in the saddle. Mesh straps and a back panel finished with reflective elements at the back of the legs finish the design.
A truly fantastic cycling bib for female cyclists who’re looking for a solid combination of quality and affordability.
Castelli Unlimited W Bibshort
The Castelli Unlimited W Bibshort is an elegantly designed cycling bib with 4 pockets. You’ve got one on each leg and two in the rear.
In line with cargo bibs being more gravel oriented, the side panels are made from two instead of a single layer. The pockets are conveniently oriented and can hold just about everything you’d want to stuff into them.
The moderately priced bib doesn’t look or feel bulky, and is classically shaped, with dual straps ending in a rear back panel.
The chamois is Castelli’s KISS Air2 Donna, which means a soft skin layer is seamlessly welded to a female oriented dual-density layer, with an anatomical shape.
The Castelli Unlimited W Bibshort provides a great allround package in terms of price, comfort, and style.
Sportful Neo W Bibshort
One of their more affordable options the Sportful Neo W Bibshort still packs a lot of features necessary for comfortable rides.
The classically designed cycling bib offers mesh straps and a large mesh back panel. These are connected to 4-way stretch Lycra, and finished with elastic long hems with an elastic band.
The no-fuss design minimizes the use of seams and features Bodyfit Pro W MD chamois, which is a dual-layered pad where a soft skin layers is seamlessly attached to a soft foam layer.
Sportful has been at the top of their game when it comes to offering high-quality cycling bibs, and the Sportful Neo W Bibshort is a great entry-level option.
Sportful Supergiara W Bibshort
The Sportful Supergiara W Bibshort is a more traditional bib short from the Italian brand, which also caters to the gravel community by offering bibs with pockets.
It’s meant for race-day with a tight compression fabric but still holds their impressively comfortable 18 mm. Total Comfort W chamois. Such a pad does make a difference when traversing less than ideal road conditions for longer periods.
The entire back panel and front straps are created from mesh fabric, with a large side section connecting front and back. Together with the fabric you get a pair of shorts that stay in place, look flattering and feel comfortable.
There are 3 pockets. One located at the left leg and two in the back, measuring 10 x 13 cm each, with the one on the leg being 16 x 11 cm. With today’s huge phones, especially when sleeved, you might still opt to place them somewhere else. But they perform adequately for energy bars.
The shorts are beautifully crafted and fit your average built perfectly, but as far as cargo shorts go, there’s room for improvement.
Craft Adv Unbound Bib Shorts
The Craft Adv Unbound Bib Shorts is another gravel-oriented cargo short that takes its name from the popular Kansas gravel event.
It holds the C1 chamois reserved for their premium lineup. It’s an impressive 16 mm thick pad made from recycled polyamide that has 4-way stretch to it, with a varying density. Craft is big into sustainability and they have a proprietary way of creating their chamois in such a way it reduces waste material.
The straps cross at the back and have a front panel that sits very high on the waist. There are both stretch and zippered pockets. The stretch pockets sit at the legs, with the zippered pockets at the back. Obviously zippered pockets take greater care of what you put into them, but can be a nuisance when trying to open and close while riding.
Craft Adv Endurance Lumen Bib Shorts
The Craft Adv Endurance Lumen Bib Shorts are more than excellent shorts for a very reasonable price.
Beautifully designed, they offer a form-fitting mesh back panel that wraps around your body into a high waist, ensuring a great look with comfortable straps at the front.
The C2 pad has three layers of various densities made in a way that reduces waste. The thickest parts sits at the sit bones offering necessary damping qualities.
The shorts themselves are made from recycled polyamide, so you know Craft is big into sustainability. The brand is know for creating very durable products.
A great product for female road cyclist who can appreciate high-quality comfortable bib shorts for a decent enough price.
Specifications best women’s bike shorts for touring
|Name||Price||Chamois||Straps||Material||Hems||Pockets||Discipline||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Ebay|
|Pearl Izumi Women’s Expedition Short||100 USD||dual-density Women’s ELITE Escape 1:1||none||ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric||laser-cut w. silicone gripper||2 thigh pockets, 1 back pocket||road, gravel||link|
|Pearl Izumi Women’s INTERVAL Bib Short||150 USD||dual-density Women’s ELITE Escape 1:1||clipped straps w. drop tail||ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool fabric||laser-cut w. silicone gripper||none||road||link||link|
|Giordana Women’s SilverLine Bib Short||150 USD||3-layer 13 mm. Cirro-W||seamless straps w. mesh back panel||elastic woven||none||road||link||link|
|Castelli Endurance W Bibshort||160 USD||Progetto X2 Air Donna||drop tail bib straps||Endurance Evolution compression fabric||GIRO3 leg gripper||none||road||link||link|
|Castelli Prima Bibshort||110 USD||KISS Air2 Donna||back bib panel||Pro Dry Soft Lycra||GIRO3 leg gripper||none||road||link||link|
|Castelli Unlimited W Bibshort||150 USD||KISS Air2 Donna||back bib panel||Lycra||raw-cut w. silicone||2 mesh rear pockets, 2 side pockets||road, gravel||link|
|Sportful Neo W Bibshort||110 USD||Bodyfit Pro W MD||clipless||Lycra||laser-cut w. silicone gripper||none||road||link|
|Sportful Supergiara W Bibshort||195 USD||18 mm. Total Comfort W||mesh straps w. mesh back panel||Compression fabric||elastic woven||1 mesh cargo pocket on left leg and 2 mesh pockets on back||road, gravel, bikepacking||link||link|
|Craft Adv Unbound Bib Shorts||160 euros||16 mm. C1||mesh straps||Lycra Sport Energy||elastic woven||Stretch pockets at legs, zip back pocket||gravel, MTB||link||link|
|Craft Adv Endurance Lumen Bib Shorts||120 euros||12 mm. 3-layer C2||mesh straps w. mesh back panel||recycled polyamide||elastic woven w. silicone||none||road||link||link|