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Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market
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Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte
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Can padded cycling undies look cute and work hard? Yes, if you're wearing Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte briefs.

The Brigitte briefs are one of two designs from Urbanist Cycling, a new Texan brand that was supported by successful Kickstarter funding. They are designed for city cycling, or indeed anything short of long distance or race rides.

Wearing the Brigitte means that any clothing can become cycle clothing, as the briefs provide both a chamois for commuting comfort and protection from the hems in non-cycle specific trousers or jeans.

The Brigitte has a snazzy black and white striped 'look at me' design. Although I prefer to keep my underwear to myself this is a design which I would be happy to be seen sporting in the changing rooms before spin class as it doesn't look like traditional underwear. The Brigitte briefs are definitely feminine, but in a fun, cute way. There is a thin pink stretch lace on the top of the waistband, sensibly not continued around the legs where it would chafe. This acts instead of a traditional waistband to avoid cutting in and producing the dreaded muffin top.

Find the Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte online here

The cut of the briefs is full without being grannyish. They are high at the back but not so high that they showed over the top of my trousers. This was useful as I generally wore non-cycle specific trousers or jeans with them and other cycling briefs I own can show significantly in use.

The chamois pad is of a good quality and really well attached to the briefs themselves with soft stitching which I couldn't feel in use. It is soft and flexible and didn't give a 'nappy' appearance in use. I've mostly been wearing these briefs under merino tights or jeans, and they've certainly got enough padding to wear for a medium to long commute. I didn't feel that I had to change out of them straight away afterwards either as they coped well with sweat and wicked moisture away fairly well.

The briefs stayed in place without riding up and were comfortable in use. My only gripe was that on the XL size the front of the crotch had been sized up too much, so there was excess material to wrinkle between my legs. This isn't an issue on the smaller sizes and didn't pose a comfort problem even in the XL.

The Brigitte briefs are available in four sizes, covering waists from 63 to 89cm between them. They are definitely on the generous side, so if in doubt (or buying as a present) go smaller.

I'm not surprised these briefs raised 250% of their Kickstarter target as they fill a real gap in the market.

Verdict

Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market

road.cc test report

Make and model: Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte

Size tested: XL

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Ever dreamt of a comfortable ride around town without having to resort to full-on cycling shorts? Something you can wear all day and feel feminine in, but still helps cushion your most sensitive parts as you ride?

Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte chamois-padded knickers are the answer to your prayers. Beautifully cut to fit and enhance the female form, they've been tested tirelessly by the Texas cycling community where Urbanist is based to ensure no chaffing or digging in. The material is sumptuous, whilst the chamois pads come from one of Italy's most respected chamois designers.

The Brigitte is well suited for medium/longer rides of up to 25 miles, or even longer. A quantum leap forward for women's cycling kit.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Full coverage cycling knickers

Extra thick, flexible chamois pad designed and made in Italy

Breathable, quick drying fabric to wick moisture efficiently

Polyester/elastane blend

Tested by real women to ensure no chaffing or digging in discomfort

Wear under clothes, for outdoor riding or spinning

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Nicely made with no loose threads. Labels are all heat sealed so nothing to rub.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Good for rides up to about two hours.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Despite me failing to wash them on a delicate cycle as instructed, these washed really well with no loss of shape.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

A lovely chamois and soft, smooth all-round fit.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Comparable with similar items available.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The briefs were comfy to wear and fitted well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The snazzy colour scheme.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 5'7  Weight: size 16

I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD  My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Novice

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure

 

93 comments

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flathunt [244 posts] 2 years ago
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I think I'd like a pair of those to wear over my leggings.

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trikeman [309 posts] 2 years ago
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Lordy, I wish I had a butt like that!  8 I'm sure I would rush out and buy those pants then.

Trikeman.  3

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 2 years ago
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I prefer my normal shorts, those are a tad brief.

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Aussie Col [5 posts] 2 years ago
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REALLY 45 POUNDS.

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unconstituted [2341 posts] 2 years ago
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Good way to start a pile-up behind you.

Approved  16

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gazza_d [472 posts] 2 years ago
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They're not hivis!

although riding dressed like that would get most people noticed, although with my hairy arse, probably for the wrong reasons

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andyp [1495 posts] 2 years ago
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Are they partly black? I can only see white stripes and missing areas - as anyone knows, black = invisible. Apparently.

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harman_mogul [287 posts] 2 years ago
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The bike in the background is very 'retro'—perhaps the garment is aimed at 'hipsters'?

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bikebot [2120 posts] 2 years ago
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harman_mogul wrote:

The bike in the background is very 'retro'—perhaps the garment is aimed at 'hipsters'?

For those confused by the mention of a bike in the background, it's concealed as a clever optical illusion. If you look very carefully for several minutes you may eventually notice the bike behind the model.

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bendertherobot [1434 posts] 2 years ago
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Christ, there's a concrete pillar in the main pic. Didn't see that before!

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crikey [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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Good review of a tricky product to sell. The women's not-quite-sportswear and not-really-lingerie market is a bit of a niche one, and selling what is essentially a functional piece of kit made to look attractive, but not really made for people to look at is enough to make a marketers head spin.

I know women who recoil in horror at the 'girlification' of sports kit; all that flowery or pink and frilly stuff, and others who welcome not looking like a curvy bloke. Hopefully, and the various chimp comments ignored, this is a sign of a growing market which offers the choice to women.

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Bobbinogs [251 posts] 2 years ago
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crikey wrote:

Good review of a tricky product to sell. The women's not-quite-sportswear and not-really-lingerie market is a bit of a niche one, and selling what is essentially a functional piece of kit made to look attractive, but not really made for people to look at is enough to make a marketers head spin.

I know women who recoil in horror at the 'girlification' of sports kit; all that flowery or pink and frilly stuff, and others who welcome not looking like a curvy bloke. Hopefully, and the various chimp comments ignored, this is a sign of a growing market which offers the choice to women.

err, I just thought "nice arse"  1

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harman_mogul [287 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes, and plainly not the tester's!

I say, mods, when are you going to step in and terminate this laddish banter?

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crikey [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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and the various chimp comments ignored

It's a good job that one of the things that stops women engaging in sport isn't the way men objectify them and comment on their appearance, isn't it?

FFS.

My wife stopped running around our area because she got fed up of the constant comments from men in the street.

My daughter got fed up of being asked if she'd 'like a fuck?' on the way home from college.

Think about it, just for a minute. Think about the way half the people in the country might feel a little teeny bit uncomfortable with being the object of puerile misogynistic comments. I'm presuming that the way women might think won't actually trouble a number of the commenters on here...

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Nick T [1075 posts] 2 years ago
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Jesus Christ, just close the comments already. This is tragic.

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crikey [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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Tragic but instructive.
Look at the nice middle class cyclists and look even harder at the attitudes they openly express towards women when they can't be readily identified.

Sad, really.

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HalfWheeler [620 posts] 2 years ago
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Just playing devil's advocate here but...

How many women do you think actually read (or contribute) to the comments section of a relatively obscure cycling website?

I would think that they are far too sensible to waste their time on here or get their bib shorts in a twist over some (admittedly) infantile barrack room humour.

Believe it or not chaps, not everyone reads the Guardian. Shocking, eh?

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crikey [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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So it's perfectly OK to be sexist (or racist, or misogynist or any other kind of ..ist you want to be) as long as the people you are being ...ist about don't read it?
Really?
Seriously?

You're not actually being any kind of Devils advocate are you?

You're being dim.

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Dressmaking Cyclist [11 posts] 2 years ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

Just playing devil's advocate here but...

How many women do you think actually read (or contribute) to the comments section of a relatively obscure cycling website?

I would think that they are far too sensible to waste their time on here or get their bib shorts in a twist over some (admittedly) infantile barrack room humour.

Some of us do - there are precious few sites offering reviews for women - and any chance of a conversation we might have had on the relative merits of the knickers has probably been destroyed by the "infantile barrack room humour". It doesn't do a lot to make women feel welcome.

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velocatso [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Great review of a product I had seen on kickstarter a while ago thank you road.cc - I do appreciate the reviews of women's cycling gear which are too few and far between.

What a shame so many (I presume) men have deemed it appropriate to leave sexist and moronic comments about the picture of the model in this article. It's disappointing, but not surprising.

Well done for smashing down those stereotypes, lads.  17

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macchap [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Very disappointed with the sad chauvinist comments here.

You should be embarrassed.

"phooooarrrr, look at the meaty cock on him! Bet his balls are smooth! His shaved legs look FINE! Check out his seatpost.."

Yeah, didn't think so.

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Must be Mad [615 posts] 2 years ago
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Does the blank and white stripy design remind anyone else of that 'dazzle' camouflage they used to paint ships back in WW1?

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Nick T [1075 posts] 2 years ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

How many women do you think actually read (or contribute) to the comments section of a relatively obscure cycling website?

I would think that they are far too sensible to waste their time on here or get their bib shorts in a twist over some (admittedly) infantile barrack room humour.

I think you're confusing comments made in private with comments made and recorded for eternity on a public forum. Besides, you don't need to be a regular reader of an obscure cycling website to see the comments, you just need to google for reviews of the item you're interested in. Not very obscure now, is it.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 2 years ago
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bendertherobot wrote:

Christ, there's a concrete pillar in the main pic. Didn't see that before!

I had to go back and check, you are right! Missed it completely first time.

Seriously though, aren't the manufacturers looking for this kind of reaction? How many comments do you see on an article about mens bib shorts? The pose of the model and the fact that they have obviously selected a model equipped to best display the product suggests they are.

To those ladies who suggest that 'men' would be upset by similar comments about a man in underwear, certainly not from me. Go ahead and comment on lunch boxes and seat posts all you like, nothing wrong with friendly humorous banter. If it is targeted at a specific person, malicious or hateful then take rightful umbrage by all means but appreciate a tongue in cheek comment for what it is.

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VecchioJo [407 posts] 2 years ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:

Seriously though, aren't the manufacturers looking for this kind of reaction? How many comments do you see on an article about mens bib shorts? The pose of the model and the fact that they have obviously selected a model equipped to best display the product suggests they are.

she was asking for it, your Honour

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bendertherobot [1434 posts] 2 years ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:
bendertherobot wrote:

Christ, there's a concrete pillar in the main pic. Didn't see that before!

I had to go back and check, you are right! Missed it completely first time.

Seriously though, aren't the manufacturers looking for this kind of reaction? How many comments do you see on an article about mens bib shorts? The pose of the model and the fact that they have obviously selected a model equipped to best display the product suggests they are.

To those ladies who suggest that 'men' would be upset by similar comments about a man in underwear, certainly not from me. Go ahead and comment on lunch boxes and seat posts all you like, nothing wrong with friendly humorous banter. If it is targeted at a specific person, malicious or hateful then take rightful umbrage by all means but appreciate a tongue in cheek comment for what it is.

Frankly Assos man does nothing for me. Assos woman is lush. But that's not because she's a girl. She just looks more normal.

I'd be very very interested to see Alex O'Laughlin or Hugh Jackman wear the Assos bibs instead. Though I think both would look better in Castelli.

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Dressmaking Cyclist [11 posts] 2 years ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:

Seriously though, aren't the manufacturers looking for this kind of reaction

How do you propose that manufacturers market women's underwear? Under a burka so as not to overexcite the boys? You might have "this kind of reaction", but you don't have to post it to a forum. This is not taking umbrage at friendly banter - I have no idea who you are so what makes it friendly, and not intimidating? Using "humour" in this way excludes women from the conversation, whether you want to acknowledge that or not.
I read the reviews for the men's clothes, and see discussions underneath; current owners giving their opinion, questions asked and answered so that people can make a more informed buying decision. The "friendly humour" discussion the model's assets means that few women will comment on the product for fear of having the same mindless comments directed at them.

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Colin Peyresourde [1815 posts] 2 years ago
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Not the usual Road.cc model. Having been criticised (although not by road.cc) for commenting on the fact that there were people who could make the clothes look better you seemed to have succumbed to doing exactly that.

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Shamblesuk [166 posts] 2 years ago
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I wish Richard Keys was on this forum.

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Jess Duffy [1 post] 2 years ago
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I could be wrong but I believe the images of the model used are from the company that produce the product. Most likely because the reviewer and road.cc pre-empted the ridiculous misogynistic reaction from its readers. Sad, really...

As you were.

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