Le Col Women's Waist Shorts review

Can these shorts from Le Col convert a bibshort rider to try the half life?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Comfortable shorts carrying trickle down features from the top end creations. The high waistband works well, whilst the chamois is a little bit marmite and leg grippers need some work.

Reasons to buy
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    High waist

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    High quality fabric

Reasons to avoid
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    Tight leg cuffs

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Le Col's women's waist shorts cost come in at £80 - which is a full ton less than the brand's flagship Hors Categorie bib shorts (£180). The dream scenario would be that Le Col has provided heaps of trickle down tech from its more expensive range, making minimal adjustments to achieve the lower price - and in many ways that's the case, though there are some sacrifices.

Personally, I am typically a bib short wearer, I would much rather cycle in shorts with a mesh upper guaranteed to keep it all in place without any digging in at the waist band. However, I've yet to speak to a clothing brand that says its women's bib shorts outsell waist shorts, so Le Col's decision to offer a half short (not available in the men's range) simply represents the greater market's preferences.

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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.