Assos UMA GT half shorts review

We'd love these – if only they weren't waist shorts. But if you're not a fan of bibs, you should probably put a pair on your shopping list

Assos UMA GT half shorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

On first wear, I pulled these shorts out reluctantly. However, I've since been wearing them on a regular basis. The material feels excellent, I feel confident in the compressive fabric and the chamois is second to none. Assos has not nailed the waistband – but I don't believe any brand has. That's why, in my opinion, you're better served by bib shorts. However, if a bib upper is simply not on your shopping list, then you'd be hard pressed to find a pair of waist shorts better than these.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Comfortable but compressive fabric

  • +

    Excellent chamois

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Waist band is uncomfortable

  • -

    Waist band dips down at the front

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Bibless cycling shorts present a problem for me as a reviewer.

Most of the brands I've spoken with confirm that the lion's share of sales in women's shorts are waist varieties. Bib wearers are still, I'm told, in a minority.  I know they're popular and that's why brands make them, but by the time you've tested a myriad pairs of bib shorts it's really hard to find any reason to revert to waist shorts.

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