What's a Chamois?
What’s a Chamois? Why do people wear padded cycling underwear or padded bike shorts? Is there a difference between Chamois, bike underwear, bike shorts, or padded bike underwear? Which is the best? We’ll dive into what Chamois are, what the differences are between Chamois, and how to choose the right one for each ride.
First there’s no difference between all of these terms, they are all referring to padded shorts or underwear designed to be used while riding mountain bikes, road bikes, gravel bikes… you get it any kind of bike. Confusion around the term bike short vs chamois comes from the evolution of cycling from strictly road to road and mountain biking. In general road biking “bike shorts” are tight fitting spandex shorts with a pad or Chamois built into the short. In mountain biking “bike shorts” are loose or “baggy” fitting shorts which do not included a pad. Mountain bikers wear Chamois under their baggy shorts choosing the right Chamois for the type of riding they intend to do. In this we'll use the term bike short and Chamois interchangeably.