Some cyclists--including many of us--resolutely refuse to wear bib shorts on a ride. After all, it's a design that, in practice, often feels androcentric to the point of discomfort. Regardless of the why's or how's, holding onto a preference for wearing regular shorts instead of designed-for-men bibs should never necessitate a sacrifice in quality kit. With a refreshingly shorter inseam, Mavic's Ksyrium Elite Women's Short was designed to be as reliable as the wheelset with which it shares a name. Mavic trusts a supportive blend of nylon and elastane to craft the short, using its Skin Matrix ST and Skin Power fabrics to establish a supportive but breathable fit that remains comfortable and moisture-wicking whether you're racing the sunset on a short ride after work or building base miles on the weekend. The fabric panels are cut and assembled to follow your body movements in the saddle, while a wide waistband and silicone-coated Ergo Grip Race leg bands maintain support and coverage when you're stretched out in the drops. Mavic lines the shorts with the Ergo 3D Women's Insert, which features multi-density foam arranged in varying thicknesses to offer support and absorb road vibrations for hours' long comfort in the saddle.