The bib free Assos H. laalalaiShortss7 Lady Shorts showcase Assos' goldenGate construction method, a welcome addition to the Swiss manufacturer's women's line since it may be our favorite recent advancement in cycling shorts technology. GoldenGate involves attaching the chamois at the front and rear, leaving the sides free to float so the chamois moves with your body instead of against it. This effectively relocates friction from the skinchamois interface to the chamoisshorts, all but eliminating skin irritation in that most sensitive of areas. We're starting to see this feature crop up in other manufacturers' lines but true to the precedent of history Assos did it first and continues to do it better. The rest of the shorts are what you would expect from the self styled shorts company, with a compressive, durable fabric arranged anatomically. Your body fits into the shorts, rather than the shorts deforming to fit your body. That keeps all the disparate elements of the shorts from the forgiving inserts at the leg openings to the gently compressive waistband in the places where they belong while still affording unfettered movement in the saddle. The lack of bibs doesn't just address the difficulty of reconciling bib straps with a woman's anatomy. It also lets the H. laalalaiShorts transcend the barriers of warm weather imposed on other shorts. They're useful as a base layer when temperatures and precipitation start falling, because you can wear them beneath tights without adding undue bulk or interfering with your torso layering strategy. When the weather heads south, you won't be stuck with a terry cloth winter chamois. Considering that Assos is known as the shorts company for a reason, that's a welcome revelation. In addition to the goldenGate tech mentioned above, the H. laalalaiShorts bring to women's specific kit the same s7 chamois technology found throughout Assos' men's line. At the insert's heart is an 8mm thick memoryFoam material with ..