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Old 07-17-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Talking Lipowear's SitRelief shorts for scrawny butts: Oh so comfy

Hi all,

A friend of mine has developed some underwear that really increase sitting comfort on long rides (at least they do for me). They're called SitRelief Shorts by Lipowear http://www.lipowear.com

These padded shorts have been developed for people who have a medical condition called lipoatrophy (i.e., a loss of body fat, typically in the butt and thighs). While I don't have this condition, I do not have much fat in those areas and even sitting on a Russel saddle on my GS my backside gets a bit sore after a few hours. So I thought I'd give them a try.

My first ride with them on was a 450 mile back roads ride from Albuqeuerque NM to Prescott AZ. The temps that day were moderate to warm (50 in the a.m, mid-80's in the afternoon). When the temp got up into the mid-80's the padded shorts started getting warmer than I'd like. So while my backside appreciated having them on, I did not wear them the next day when I rode from Prescott to San Diego across the desert via Yuma. (Now that day was hot till I got over the mountains.)

After a professional meeting in SD I rode up to see my friend in Orange CA. I was a bit concerned about washing them as they're not cheap shorts. He reassured me that tossing them in the washer and then dryer was OK though and that's how I cleaned them. Simple.

I next wore them on the ride from Orange through the LA basin and up to Pismo Beach (via San Marco pass, sweet). I was glad to have them on for this 240 mile jaunt up the coast. I washed them again when I got to Pismo and then subsequently used them on the ride up the rest of the coast to Seattle. Sweet.

The only downside to these shorts as I see them are 1) the cost [$69] and that I think they're too warm to wear when temps get up into the 90's. That said, my road bike riding shorts are $50 and aren't nearly as comfy as these for riding the GS.

As a disclaimer I have no financial interest in this company. I have known the developer, Terry, for a number of years though and consider him a good friend. I wouldn't be endorsing these shorts for riding though unless I thought that many of you with scrawny, er, lean, back sides might benefit from them. Edit 9/18. See post below about my having invested in the company yesterday.

The fabric is high-tech synthetic, the padding is perforated medical grade foam, and they're made in the U.S.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:08 PM   #2
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Serious question here.

I'm a short, wide, neck optional kind of guy. I have muscular legs but no ass ...you know. Will the shorts fit someone like me? I've cycling shorts for years under my gear and they work OK, but I'm willing to try something new.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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Serious question here.

I'm a short, wide, neck optional kind of guy. I have muscular legs but no ass ...you know. Will the shorts fit someone like me? I've cycling shorts for years under my gear and they work OK, but I'm willing to try something new.
Hi Rog,
Are your muscular legs from riding a road bike? I too ride one and most road bike (i.e., road bicycle) riders I know have scrawny, er lean, rears.

My cycling shorts are only padded inside the crotch. Comfy there but the padding doesn't extend far enough compared to these. The padding on these runs down the back of your thigh to the bottom of the short.

I have a 36" waist and got a size Large and they fit well in the legs but are a touch loose in the waist. I tried turning the waist band over on itself and this helps but I think they may be sized a bit big. Of course YMMV.

P.S. I had a Tiger 1050 too for a year and loved it but could never work out the wind screen buffeting. If I was 2" shorter I'd still have that bike. Sweet ride, terrific engine.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:34 PM   #4
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Interested to hear how these compare up to LD Comforts...anyone?
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:41 PM   #5
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too bad there's no xxl size to fit 38" and up waists
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Old 08-26-2009, 06:24 PM   #6
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sizing

Hi Dan,
I don't think the 34-36" size would be too large. It's a little loose on my 36" frame and have been told that they do stretch a bit with wear. YMMV of course.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:18 PM   #7
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too bad there's no xxl size to fit 38" and up waists
Darn!
These are exactly what I've been looking for to accommodate my candy ass, but no one seems to make them in XXL, or XXXL. I wear a 42-44".
Is there no justice for us ass-challenged?
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:32 AM   #8
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XL size coming soon

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too bad there's no xxl size to fit 38" and up waists
Dan,
I just learned that in their next production run (within the next 30 days), they'll be making some XL shorts. Since you're 38" they should fit you as they run a bit big in sizing.
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:01 AM   #9
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Problem with these guys:

Bought two pair from these guys. Problem was no croch padding. Droped about $100.00. Sent them back. Two weeks after delivery conformation and no refund. Called and got voice mail. No response. Help me out man!
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Old 08-28-2010, 08:28 AM   #10
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:43 PM   #11
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It Helped!

Just finished the Alcan5000 and used these shorts to help combat a chronic tailbone issue.

I ended up wearing them over bike shorts so that I could minimize the sweat factor and continue to wear the shorts day after day.

I rode the entire 4800 miles without any issue with my tailbone! Now, I did end up with a little monkey butt late in the event but I don't believe the SitRelief shorts were to blame.

I believe these shorts were one of the best "comfort" investments I made in preperation for this event.

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Old 08-31-2010, 02:32 PM   #12
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Just finished the Alcan5000 and used these shorts to help combat a chronic tailbone issue.

I ended up wearing them over bike shorts so that I could minimize the sweat factor and continue to wear the shorts day after day.

I rode the entire 4800 miles without any issue with my tailbone! Now, I did end up with a little monkey butt late in the event but I don't believe the SitRelief shorts were to blame.

I believe these shorts were one of the best "comfort" investments I made in preperation for this event.

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Hi John,
Thanks for the independent review. I personally wear synthetic boxer shorts under the sitrelief shorts to address the "moisture" issue. Even then though they are warm when the temps are above 90.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:19 PM   #13
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Hi John,
Thanks for the independent review. I personally wear synthetic boxer shorts under the sitrelief shorts to address the "moisture" issue. Even then though they are warm when the temps are above 90.
I'm kinda partial to my EVS shorts as they provide tailbone specific padding, and allow for thigh pads if needed. I do understand your point however and agree that's the key to keeping them fresh
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:24 PM   #14
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Problem Corrected

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Bought two pair from these guys. Problem was no croch padding. Droped about $100.00. Sent them back. Two weeks after delivery conformation and no refund. Called and got voice mail. No response. Help me out man!
Apology offered. Your request was not handled correctly do to staff vacation (me). Credit applied. I am sorry for your inconvience. Joe Bollert, Cofounder, SitRelief Shorts. jbollert@lipowear.com.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:41 PM   #15
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$20 for shipping?

Started to order but can't see spending almost $20 for "priority" shipping (two pair), almost half the cost of the shorts . First, I don't need "priority", second, can't imagine something so light costing so much even if I chose next day air (which, by the way, is almost $60 for two!! ). A single pair S&H is over $11.

Instead of pricing profit in the S&H, just change the price accordingly and reflect more accurate S&H costs, plus a non-urgent option. I guess the bottom line is the same, but geez!

Still considering, though. Maybe a group order to reduce the cost per.
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