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  • Essential Cycling Short
  • Essential Cycling Short
  • Essential Cycling Short
  • Essential Cycling Short
  • Essential Cycling Short
  • Essential Cycling Short

Essential Cycling Short

$ 148


Model Measurements

  • Kaelani is wearing size Medium // Model is 5'10" / bust 34" / waist 28" / hips 40"
  • Anna is wearing size X-Large // Model is 5'9" / bust 45" / waist 33.5" / hips 47"

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SKU:
RS01BLKXS

THE SHORT THAT SOLD OUT IN 24 HOURS.

So. Many. Firsts. The first cycling short EVER from Machines For Freedom. The first new piece in the Machines’ line to feature our new inclusive size range, extending from X-Small to XXX-Large! The first cycling short truly designed for the long-distance rider.

Many view shorts as the novice kit, a first step on the way to bibs. But our community was saying something different… They aren’t beginners; they’re out there riding centuries and multi-day tours, mile after mile. But they prefer the easy in and out of a short without losing any of the technical benefits of a high-performance bib.

Enter: The Essential Short. Designed for the endurance rider who simply prefers a short. With thoughtful details like a yoga-inspired waistband to eliminate uncomfortable pressure and a seamless silicon leg band so they stay put. The 8.5" Inseam makes for a versatile, mid-thigh fit. 

After more than one year of development, we’re confident this is the best cycling short for women. Period.

Features
      • The 8.5" Inseam makes for a versatile, mid-thigh fit. 
      • The Essential Short features the same fan-favorite chamois as Machines’ Endurance Bib. It’s graded for 6+ hours in the saddle, bacteriostatic to inhibit infections, and wide enough for most women’s sit bones.
      • The yoga-inspired waistband is revolutionary: compressive enough to stay up without sagging, but soft enough to eliminate elastic bands that dig when in the riding position.
      • New seamless leg bands stay put without squeezing.
      • Machines’ iconic paneled construction combines style and a flattering sleek silhouette.
      • Highest quality European fabric is compressive, moisture-wicking, and silky soft to the touch.

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Sizing Calculator

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Size & Fit 


WAIST (in) HIPS (in)
XS 23.5 - 25.5
34 - 36
S 25.5 - 27.5
36 - 39
M 27.5 - 30.5
39 - 42
L 30.5 - 33.5
42 - 45
XL 33.5 - 36.5
45 - 48
XXL 36.5 - 39.5
48 - 51
XXXL 39.5 - 42.5
51 - 54

 

Notes about fit
    • For cycling bibs and shorts, the HIP MEASUREMENT is the most crucial factor. 
    • Measure around the WIDEST POINT of the hips/bum. 
    • If you are between sizes or petite (5'3" or under), we recommend SIZING DOWN for a compressive fit. 
    • A snug fit is crucial to performance. 
    • Check out our FIT GUIDE for more detailed instructions, or pop your measurements into the fit calculator above for a personalized recommendation! (Please note, the fit guide requires chest, waist and hip measurements.)

The Chamois

  1. Ultra high density ischiatic inserts will stay comfortable for up to 6 hours in the saddle. Positioning works for all sit bones widths.
  2. Thermo-molded design makes this chamois look, and feel, less bulky.
  3. High density ‘pelvic track’ insert shaped for a woman’s anatomy.
  4. Extremely soft and breathable fabric. Polymide-carbon threading makes the fabric ultra fast drying, bacteriostatic, and reduces heat gain during long hours in the saddle.

Customer Reviews

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T
T.
Could there be a more perfect short??

I had resigned myself to wearing bibs on long rides despite the challenges of having to completely undress during rest stops (sometimes out in the wild) because of the lack of a high waisted compressive shorts option - but these completely solve that problem! First wear the waist band rolled down a little but subsequent wears it was no longer an issue. Padding is perfect - not too thick, not too thin. I appreciate the added fabric on the inner thigh for chub rub and the waist band and legs are perfectly compressive while not cutting in anywhere.

For reference 5'5, 150lbs and Medium is perfect.

S
S.F.
Great shorts

These shorts were fantastic quality! I have a huge diastasis recti in my abdomen thanks to my darling baby number 4 and my stomach sticks out like I'm a few months pregnant. The shorts were great with a comfy amount of light compression on the stomach, but if you carry a lot of width in your tummy you should just get the bibs instead. Because the rise on the waist is a little high I couldn't keep the waistband from rolling down when I bent into riding position. But they were great shorts!!

K
K.K.
Most comfortable chamois ever

They feel odd when you walk in them, but they are perfect and have been great for long rides and touring. Really does seem to be made for women. I'm hooked. Ordering more. Pricey but worth it. They do run small though.

M
M.M.
LOVE these.

These are amazing. I'm not a thin person, nor am I a tall person and I haven't had any issues with how these fit. I ordered to the measurements on the website, and despite starting out pretty tight, they have broken in to fit perfectly. I was so sick of my low-rise Pearl Izumi pair and these are the perfect fix. Thank you!

S
S.M.
So far so good

Essential Short, size small. I'm 5'8", 148 lbs, wear mostly size 8 or 6 jeans. Hips/butt are not super curvy; I'm pretty fit with an athletic build. Worn for hilly gravel riding.
Haven't done any rides over 35 miles yet because it's winter, but so far these shorts are working well. They are very compressive, but once they're on they are comfortable and stay put, even with my 54-year-old tummy. The pad is flexible and not overly bulky; it has worked well with my non-padded Brooks saddle. Can't wait to see how it does with some longer rides this spring.
I would have ordered Medium, but the measurement tool indicated small. I'm glad I did, because they fit my butt perfectly and don't slide down. The high waistband is flattering and doesn't pinch.
Please make these in a shorter length for summer rides!

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