The Make Up of the Chamois
If you gain a little knowledge about chamois it will help you to choose the correct bike pant/underwear for the type of riding that you do.
The Shape and Thickness – Todays chamois take advantage of technology and come in a wide range of shapes, densities and thickness’. The placement of padding, which is made from foam, is designed to match to how you will be sitting on your seat – your body position. The density and thickness considers the time or length of your riding.
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 wicks moisture. Reducing the build up of moisture prevents chaffing that can turn into saddle sores. The technology around this moisture management in chamois has really progressed in the past 10 years.
Breathability – A good quality chamois will also have a perforated base layer to increase breathability and aid in quick dry times.
For an overview of what padded bike pants are please read this story Fancy Pants – Why wear padded bike pants?
Chamois sewn into biking pants or underwear have different shapes & foam densities that match to different types of riding
Gender differences in chamois. Red = female. Green = male