Padded bike pants or bike underwear have a chamois (pad) sewn into them. The chamois provides a layer of cushioning and protection to help support your comfort on a bike seat. 

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The Chamois

A chamois is the padding sewn into the inside of bike specific clothing like padded bike pants and padded bike underwear. To achieve the best from your chamois, it should sit directly between you and the bike seat. This helps to reduce discomfort and allows you to sit on your seat for longer periods of time. A chamois should be worn directly against your skin with no other fabric or seams touching it.

Bike Underwear – These are your underwear, they are your base layer to wear against your skin. You wear your padded underwear with an outer layer of your choice.

Padded Bike Pants – These are your base and outer layer to be worn against your skin, you do not wear underwear with them.

For an overview of what padded bike pants are please read this story Fancy Pants – Why wear padded bike pants?

Choose the correct chamois

Chamois sewn into the inside of biking pants or underwear.

The Make Up of the Chamois

Lets have a closer look at a chamois.

The Shape and Thickness – Chamois come in a range of shapes, densities and thickness. A Chamois is made from foam and quality chamois will have variation in the thickness and density of the foam.  This will provide the right level of support and cushioning in the right places.  The cushioning will also be different from men to women.  Kids chamois are smaller to match the smaller body size a child has.

Moisture Wicking – For the chamois to perform well it needs to be able to wick moisture – pull moisture away from your skin and prevent bacteria growth (bacteriostasis).  As the chamois will be sewn onto the fabric of the pant or underwear it is also very important that this  fabric also wicks moisture. Reducing the build up of moisture prevents chaffing that can turn into saddle sores.  

Breathability – A good quality chamois will also have a perforated base layer to increase breathability and aid in quick dry times.

A chamois is shaped like a bike seat. The rear provides support for the sits bones, the mid region sits between your legs and the nose of the chamois provides some cushioning for your front.

How to choose the right chamois 

Match with the length of time you ride

A Chamois will have different densities and thickness depending on the length of the ride it is designed for. For the best comfort on your bike the chamois you choose should match the length of time that you ride or the time you want to work towards spending on the bike.

Generally the longer the length of riding the greater density to minimise the amount of compression of the foam at key areas in the chamois.  This helps with providing a feeling of protection even after long hours of riding, it shouldn’t feel like the foam has been completely squashed or collapsed.

A chamois should be gender and size specific

Chamois are different for men and women to match their differences. Chamois designed for kids are significantly smaller than an adult chamois… an adult chamois will be uncomfortable and bulky for a child.  Look for minimal style chamois with less bulk for youth as they grow into an adult body.

Other considerations

If you are particularly uncomfortable on a bike seat or a ‘heavy rider’ then an endurance chamois is a likely solution to support your comfort no matter the length of time you are riding.

Some riders do not like the sensation of bulk that an endurance chamois provides. If you do not find bike seats particularly uncomfortable and do not enjoy the sensation of bulk then a minimal chamois is a good option for you.

If you suffer mainly from front compression pain and are otherwise relatively comfortable on your seat then a minimal chamois is your best solution… Learn more soft tissue compression & pain.

Chamois Options at goRide

goRide has a range of chamois specifically selected to suit different riders. All chamois in our goUnders are imported from an Italian manufacturer called Elastic Interface – a company that are world leaders in chamois development and production.

Chamois Solutions for Women

Minimal Chamois

Best suited to:

  • riding less than 2 hours
  • those who prefer minimal slim padding

Available in 2 styles: 

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Endurance Chamois

Best suited to:

  • riding 2 hours+, up to 6hrs or multiple times a week
  • heavy riders and/or those particularly uncomfortable on their bike seat

Available in 2 styles: 

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Endurance Chamois

Best suited to:

  • riding on uneven terrain
  • riding 2 hours plus or multiple times a week
  • this very flexible chamois suits those that move on/off their seat eg; mountain bikers

Available in : 

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All Round Fitness Chamois

Best suited to:

  • riding 1-4 hours
  • regular riders
  • style suits Heavy Rider

Available in : 

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Endurance  Chamois

Best suited to:

  • riding 2 hours+, up to 6hrs or multiple times a week
  • perforated for very fast drying so suits multi day, tour riding

Available in : 

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Chamois Solutions for Kids/Youth & Mens  (Mens & Boys Youth goUnder coming summer 2022)

Kids Chamois

Best suited to:

  • Kids who ride ride for fun
  • Kids who are riding on a family holiday

Available in : 

Kids Bike Pants buying guide

Kids Endurance Chamois

Best suited to:

  • Kids who are particularly uncomfortable on their seat.
  • Kids who are bike touring

Available in : 

Kids Bike Pants buying guide

Girls Youth Chamois

Best suited to:

  • Youth Girl (11 to 15yrs)
  • Regular riders, multi day tour/holiday

 

Available in : 

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Boys Youth Chamois

Best suited to:

  • Youth Boy (11 to 14yrs)
  • Regular riders, multi day tour/holiday

 

Available in : 

Youth Boy goUnders

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Mens Chamois

Best suited to:

  • Men riding 1hr+, up to 5hrs
  • Regular riding, multi day tour/holidays

 

Available in : 

Mens Boxer goUnders

goUnder buying guide

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