Women's cycling shorts have come a long, long way since their beginnings, changing radically even in the last five years. Rather than settling for a sub par fit, you can now invest in shorts that are as comfortable as your favorite pair of yoga pants without sacrificing the performance you depend on in the saddle. Santini's Rea 2. 0 Women's Short beautifully represents this shift, replacing the skinny elastic waistbands of the early 2000's with a wide, soft band that sits high on the waist and lies flat against your skin as you stretch out over the saddle, leaving your waist and abdomen feeling supported rather than pinched. The waistband's design is echoed in the leg grippers, which are shaped with an expansive width and backed by a thin, flexible elastic grip. On the main body of the shorts, Santini trusts its breathable Thunderbike Power fabric to minimize fatigue by providing muscle support with lightweight, consistent compression throughout, and it lines the shorts with its GIL2 chamois for long term support and cushioning in the saddle. Featuring silicone gel cushioning and a design that seamlessly blends with the rest of the shorts, the chamois is also an apt representation of just how far women's chamois themselves have come. Santini doesn't neglect safety on the Rea 2. 0 either, gracing it with well placed reflective accents that complement the shorts' understated, classic style.