A race fit and performance pair of shorts, which offer a good alternative to bib shorts
Flattering and body contouring fit
Comfortable waistline for non-bib
My initial ‘short shorts’ concerns were alleviated once I had actually got the Athena shorts on, finding they had a similar healthy length to all the other shorts that have been tested recently.
Coming with a snug secure fit, the Mavic Athena women's cycling shorts manage to achieve the perfect balance between close fitting, without over compression.
I suspect this is thanks to a supportive ‘Skin Power’ fabric used on the panelled short and then a more compliant non-binding fabric for the leg cuff, along with sufficient silicone to keep it secure.
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The shorts come with a streamlined Ergo 3D chamois, which had padding in the right places and felt fluid with movement when on the bike.
The Athena waistline was the least noticeable of all the non-bib shorts that I have worn so far this season, squeezing in the middle gently, but thanks to a high waist it provided no risk of any jersey to shorts gaps appearing.
A great pair of shorts, but at nearly £80 they are certainly a considered purchase, but if you do indulge – you won’t be disappointed.
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Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011.
She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including pro peloton team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand.
For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won 24 hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.
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