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Altura Progel Women’s Waist Shorts

Well-made, supportive and comfortable with a very effective pad, the Altura Progel Women's Waist Shorts represent exceptional value for money and are well worth trying – whatever your budget.

The fabric is smooth and supportive thanks to the high elastane content, and reassuringly opaque as well as flattering. The waistband sits quite high, but as a result it stays put and minimises the chance of gaps between shorts and jersey, even for those more blessed in the bum department. Sizing is spot on against Altura's chart, and leg length is ideal for all but the very shortest of riders.

Reviewer Lara Dunn found the shape, density, level of cushioning and pliability of the pad to be up there with the very best she has ever tried.

The fabric is sturdy and not prone to snagging, so should last well, while the leg grippers are effective without trying to epilate your legs or squeeze your flesh.

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It's hard to argue with the value presented by a pair of £40 shorts that perform better than some at over twice the price. These represent probably the safest £40 you'll spend on your cycling this year.