Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon
Specialized calls these shorts “shorty” but with an inseam of 6-1/2” the RBX Comp shorty short is a mere 2–1/2” off the regular 9” length. Not too short. Not too long. Just right. They look great, even on a middle-aged woman. What’s more important, they feel great. These shorts can go the distance, keeping you comfortable on long bike rides.
The generous Body Geometry RBX chamois (bright pink) has dense foam padding at the back that tapers off towards the front. The contours in the foam relieve soft-tissue hot spots. When I tested the shorts the chamois stayed put and provided good protection from the bicycle seat.
Waistbands on cycling shorts can become restrictive on long rides, which is one of the reasons so many cyclists use bib shorts. But for women, bib shorts can pose a problem when you need a nature break. The RBX Comp Shorty short is a good compromise if you’re not into bib shorts. The wide yoga-pant-style waistband keeps your waist comfortable. A two-inch gripper on the leg holds the shorts in place on and off the bike.
The shorts come with Specialized’s DeflectUV rating of 50+. Use sunscreen or sun leggings for full UV protection. The VaporRize™ moisture transfer fabric keeps you dry where it counts. I tested these shorts on a 30 km ride (18 miles), a 60 km ride (36 miles) and a 80 km ride (50 miles). I plan to wear them on my next 100+ km (62+ miles). I’m confident they’ll deliver the same level of comfort on longer rides.
Specialized RBX Comp Shorty Short
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