The number of claimed firsts in Assos' history is astounding. First skinsuit 1976, first Lycra cycling shorts and bibs '76, first multi density chamois '88 maybe our favorite first, first leg grippers '98 the list goes on. While they're not another industry first, the T. laalaLaiShortsS7 Lady Bib Shorts do represent the first bibs in the women's S7 line. For those of us who have been clinging to our long suffering T FI. LadyS5 or the skinsuit esque tB. laalaLais5, the T. laalalLaiShorts will be received with no less revolutionary fanfare than those other firsts. It took the company six years to design the men's S7 line, and in the seventh year, it comes to women, too. And it didn't come alone. It's brought with it a host of features that were pioneered in the men's S7 shorts but refined for women. Instead of the typeA. 430 and 434 material used in our old Lady Assos bibs, the T. laalaLaiShorts are made of the same type. 439 material used in the men's T. equipe and T. cento shorts. The material is laid out in a pattern designed to accommodate a woman's body in the saddle, and though the shorts shaping is the result of a completely independent design process the type. 439 material provides the same functional benefits for women as it does for men. Specifically, the material is breathable, moisture wicking, and quick drying. All of which are obvious and, at this point, just assumed features. The material's real shine lies in its compression, which Assos engineered to provide an asymmetrically compressive hold that stretches more around your body rather than vertically. While unmediated, all way stretch is a nice element for general comfort in cycling shorts, Assos' targeted, direction specific stretch ups the ante by balancing compression, yield, return, and support for a cycling specific application. This balance allows uninhibited pedaling while further reducing the fatiguing oscillations caused by road noise vibrating through the muscles of.