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    Bib shorts with "narrow" chamois

    I'm trying to find some new bib shorts with a "narrow" chamois. I own several bib shorts (Castelli Y-pro, Free, Descents Optima; size S) which work well for me: the chamois is about 5-6cm wide in the crotch area. However, these are getting old and I bought two new bib shorts: Descente Aero-X and Castelli Body Paint: the chamois in both is too wide (and thick) for me: about 15cm (even though the thicker part is only 6cm).

    KISS Chamois
    Optima Chamois
    Body Paint Chamois

    Does anyone know bib shorts with a chamois that is narrow in the crotch area (and preferrably not too thick)?

    (I hope the picture references work.)

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    Give the Performance Ultra II bibs. I don't have mine in front of me, but they have fairly minimal chamois. They are not expensive, but I've found them to be excellent, and they get pretty universal thumbs up among those that have used them. No risk to try them - Perf. has no questions asked return policy.

    [edit] - the padded part at the narrowest point is about 3-4 " wide.
    Last edited by Camilo; 05-02-2012 at 11:18 AM.

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    Sugoi from their Racing System line.

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    Thanks for the replies!

    I already have a pair of "Performance Elite Bib" and while they aren't too bad, they don't work for me on longer rides.

    I also have tried
    - Capo, Campagnolo: chamois too wide and too thick
    - De Marchi, Parentini Ninfea, Cannondale Surpass (some cheap models I got on sale so I could try them): those just don't feel right (fit, fabric, ...)
    - Santini: good fit, but wears out very fast (sags after one season).

    I will give the Sugoi RS bib shorts a try, their FX chamois might fit.

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