Rapha Women's Souplesse Detachable race bib shorts review

Years in the making, Rapha's new women's chamois is a work of art, but the short design as a whole isn't quite a picture of perfection 

Rapha Women's Souplesse Detachable race bib shorts
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A chamois that is like sitting on a pillow without unwanted density and a great toilet break solution. The fit let these down for us, but there are lots of positives that almost let us overlook it.

Reasons to buy
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    Extremely comfortable chamois

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    Detachable bib strap

Reasons to avoid
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    Fit on legs

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The newest women's race shorts from Rapha fall out of their packaging like a little gift from the kit gods. The fabric is soft to the touch and the new magnetic detachable bib strap looks to be the best construction of its kind I've seen so far.

But you've got to take a look inside to see what Rapha is most proud of: its newly redeveloped women's chamois. The seamless construction was tested by 38 women over 15,000 kilometres before release and looks like none we've seen before.

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