Assos T.laalalai shorts_s7 bib shorts review

Chamois comfort with an added toilet break system - albeit not without flaws

Assos T.laalalai shorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Assos T.Laalalai S7 women's bib shorts offer excellent comfort in the saddle, the leg grippers don't dig in and they make comfort breaks easy. I still think the clasp needs to be repositioned, but Assos hasn't changed the design yet and so probably never will. No, they're not cheap, but I would genuinely expect them to last at least twice as long as any more moderately priced pair on the market.

Reasons to buy
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    Chamois comfort

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    Leg grippers

Reasons to avoid
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    Clasp should be at the rear

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When women ask me which shorts they should buy, I usually tell them to go for Assos if the budget allows. Not only are Assos's chamois gloriously comfortable, but I've never seen a product from the brand fail prematurely. The 'con' has always been the price, but when considered alongside competitors the T.Laalalai S7 women's bib shorts aren't more costly.

The T.Laalalai S7 women's bib shorts have been around for years, even as far back as the hugely unpopular marketing images which Assos used to publish (which are now well and truly a relic of the past), and far back enough that I've run out of amusing quips to make about the somewhat excessive use of Laa's and Li's in the name.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.