Step 1: Unzip the chamois panel
Alright ladies, roll with me here, because this one requires a little explanation.
There are a few things I believe to be true:
- When you’re after top-level comfort, fit and performance, nothing compares to a good pair of bib shorts. There’s no waistband digging in, pinching, or slipping down, and the shoulder straps hold everything in place. Front to back, your chamois stays right where you want it.
- Murphy’s law consistently applies to outdoor peeing. Mother nature, just like your actual mother, always seems to call at the least convenient time, demanding your immediate attention.
- Trailside peeing is always a hassle. There is nothing fun about trudging off-trail in search of suitable cover for the time-consuming and cumbersome task of removing nearly all your clothes just for a little relief.
Several different brands have tried to solve this very problem, but for me, none have quite checked all the boxes. Here are my checkpoints for a functional and comfortable pair of bibs:
- Full chamois support, front and back. The chamois must not shimmy.
- Attachments and adjustments should be easy to reach and use without removing your jersey or hydration pack.
- Attachments and adjustments should not impact comfort, regardless of your layering choices. That means no stiff, itchy seams against the skin and no hardware located where it could be under pressure, say from a waistband or pack.
KETL’s Solution: IPF™ technology.
From the waist up, this is a totally standard bib short, front & back. Where things get special, perhaps not surprisingly, is the business area of the bibs. This is a three-panel system, using an unobtrusive, easy-to-grab front zipper to detach the chamois panel. Two crossover panels help hold everything in place, but move out of the way when nature calls. Here’s a demo of how it works:
Step 2: Pull chamois panel down & out
Step 3: Pull the chamois panel back and hold it out of the way. Crossover panels move themselves out of the way. That grass looks awfully dry…
Step 4: Pull chamois panel forward and up, under the crossover panels.
Step 5: Zip the chamois panel back to the front of the bibs
Step 6: Make sure the chamois is placed where you want it, then smooth the crossover panels back over the chamois panel. Time to roll.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you get a chance to try a pair. I’d love to know what you think! Oh, and if you happened by someone adjusting safety pins in her shorts on the side of the trail in the last year or so… well… sorry if that was creepy.