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Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market
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Can padded cycling undies look cute and work hard? Yes, if you're wearing Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte briefs.

The Brigitte briefs are one of two designs from Urbanist Cycling, a new Texan brand that was supported by successful Kickstarter funding. They are designed for city cycling, or indeed anything short of long distance or race rides.

Wearing the Brigitte means that any clothing can become cycle clothing, as the briefs provide both a chamois for commuting comfort and protection from the hems in non-cycle specific trousers or jeans.

The Brigitte has a snazzy black and white striped 'look at me' design. Although I prefer to keep my underwear to myself this is a design which I would be happy to be seen sporting in the changing rooms before spin class as it doesn't look like traditional underwear. The Brigitte briefs are definitely feminine, but in a fun, cute way. There is a thin pink stretch lace on the top of the waistband, sensibly not continued around the legs where it would chafe. This acts instead of a traditional waistband to avoid cutting in and producing the dreaded muffin top.

Find the Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte online here

The cut of the briefs is full without being grannyish. They are high at the back but not so high that they showed over the top of my trousers. This was useful as I generally wore non-cycle specific trousers or jeans with them and other cycling briefs I own can show significantly in use.

The chamois pad is of a good quality and really well attached to the briefs themselves with soft stitching which I couldn't feel in use. It is soft and flexible and didn't give a 'nappy' appearance in use. I've mostly been wearing these briefs under merino tights or jeans, and they've certainly got enough padding to wear for a medium to long commute. I didn't feel that I had to change out of them straight away afterwards either as they coped well with sweat and wicked moisture away fairly well.

The briefs stayed in place without riding up and were comfortable in use. My only gripe was that on the XL size the front of the crotch had been sized up too much, so there was excess material to wrinkle between my legs. This isn't an issue on the smaller sizes and didn't pose a comfort problem even in the XL.

The Brigitte briefs are available in four sizes, covering waists from 63 to 89cm between them. They are definitely on the generous side, so if in doubt (or buying as a present) go smaller.

I'm not surprised these briefs raised 250% of their Kickstarter target as they fill a real gap in the market.

Verdict

Turns normal clothing into cycling gear with more style than anything comparable on the market

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Urbanist Cycling Padded Brigitte

Size tested: XL

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Ever dreamt of a comfortable ride around town without having to resort to full-on cycling shorts? Something you can wear all day and feel feminine in, but still helps cushion your most sensitive parts as you ride?

Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte chamois-padded knickers are the answer to your prayers. Beautifully cut to fit and enhance the female form, they've been tested tirelessly by the Texas cycling community where Urbanist is based to ensure no chaffing or digging in. The material is sumptuous, whilst the chamois pads come from one of Italy's most respected chamois designers.

The Brigitte is well suited for medium/longer rides of up to 25 miles, or even longer. A quantum leap forward for women's cycling kit.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Full coverage cycling knickers

Extra thick, flexible chamois pad designed and made in Italy

Breathable, quick drying fabric to wick moisture efficiently

Polyester/elastane blend

Tested by real women to ensure no chaffing or digging in discomfort

Wear under clothes, for outdoor riding or spinning

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Nicely made with no loose threads. Labels are all heat sealed so nothing to rub.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Good for rides up to about two hours.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Despite me failing to wash them on a delicate cycle as instructed, these washed really well with no loss of shape.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

A lovely chamois and soft, smooth all-round fit.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Comparable with similar items available.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The briefs were comfy to wear and fitted well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The snazzy colour scheme.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 5'7  Weight: size 16

I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD  My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Novice

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure

 

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bikebot [2119 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't like the fact that the accusation of misogyny is sometimes used as readily and as inappropriately as anti-semitism.

Regardless of gender, there's a high giggle factor when underwear is promoted by models standing around in settings where they wouldn't normally be standing around in their underwear. In fact the marketing will often use the giggle factor as a tactic to avoid relying on being too overtly sexual.

The comments thread is too laddish. I don't think there's much wrong with most of the individual comments, or that anyone deserves to have been called a misogynist. However, the overall tone is inappropriate. None the less, I will continue to find picture of people standing around in public places in their underwear slightly amusing.

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HalfWheeler [651 posts] 4 years ago
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crikey wrote:

So it's perfectly OK to be sexist (or racist, or misogynist or any other kind of ..ist you want to be) as long as the people you are being ...ist about don't read it?
Really?
Seriously?

You're not actually being any kind of Devils advocate are you?

You're being dim.

"In common parlance, a devil's advocate is someone who, given a certain argument, takes a position they do not necessarily agree with (or simply an alternative position from the accepted norm), for the sake of debate"

Which is what I'm doing. Now, who's being dim?

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crikey [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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This is what misogyny is.
It's a spectrum which assumes that women are less than men and which has absorbed years, decades, centuries of them being treated as second class people.

In terms of cycling, it's the way that women are judged on their appearance in the context of their sex rather than any other metric. A pair of padded shorts for men would not produce the same comments because women are judged differently to men.

Above all it's disappointing. It's disappointing because I would have thought that men would know better than to comment in a way that wouldn't dare to if they had to say it to the reviewer or the model face to face.

As noted above, it's sad.

(and as for all the Oo-er Madam comments, although some thought has gone into the visual appearance of the shorts, there is no way, no way at all that any woman would wear these and think 'Mmmm, how sexy am I with a big foam pad between my legs'...)

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crikey [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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Which is what I'm doing. Now, who's being dim?

It's still you, I'm afraid.

Making an inane comment then claiming to be a Devils advocate doesn't excuse it.

A Devils advocate in this case would suggest that women like to be talked about in this way, and that wearing garments like this is done precisely to invite such comments, not as you suggested, that it doesn't matter because women don't read things here.

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HalfWheeler [651 posts] 4 years ago
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Jesus wept...going by some of the po-faced sanctimonious griping on here you wonder how they got on in a bunch. They must be a barrel of laughs at the club xmas party.

Lighten up ladies...

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crikey [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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Ah, nice change of approach.  21

I get on well with all the bunches I've ridden in, and I play Santa at the party.

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Nick T [1090 posts] 4 years ago
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I hope you pinch the girls bums when they sit on your lap, Tina from accounts is a right hussy.

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crikey [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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Ho ho ho.

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Northernbike [229 posts] 4 years ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

Jesus wept...going by some of the po-faced sanctimonious griping on here you wonder how they got on in a bunch. They must be a barrel of laughs at the club xmas party.

Lighten up ladies...

You may find dated sub carry-on film comments very funny but you must also appreciate that for many folks nowadays, perhaps female but also perhaps younger than you, perhaps used to a more diverse professional environment, perhaps who stayed at school a bit longer than you, that this kind of thing just comes across as a bit sad so it's probably best to accept that rather than keep trying to defend it. If you like 'barrackroom humour' I'm sure there are other more suitable outlets on the internet, or an actual barrackroom of course. Just because someone doesn't laugh at your jokes it doesn't mean they lack a sense of humour, it could just be you are not very funny.

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Caroline Dodgson [25 posts] 4 years ago
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Colin Peyresourde wrote:

Not the usual Road.cc model. Having been criticised (although not by road.cc) for commenting on the fact that there were people who could make the clothes look better you seemed to have succumbed to doing exactly that.

I don't get paid enough to deal with the nasty, vicious, hurtful comments made about my, my daughters', my friends' bodies when we do product photos on ourselves, so a me in pants shot wasn't going to happen.

It shouldn't be about who makes the clothes look 'better' as we are trying to show people what they look like in real life. The personalisation of comments to the model not the kit on every single piece of women's kit we test means that we have had to change to including manufacturer shots as either the main or only images, so as to dissuade people from commenting on the person and try to get them to read the review.

The solution? For every single reader who sees an inappropriate comment to call the author on it. Tell them it's not acceptable, that you don't agree and that they shouldn't be posting sexist/nasty/personal comments.

Criticise the product, criticise my writing, but my arse is not up for debate.

With thanks to those who have used comments to post their feelings on the kit or called other people on their comments. It is appreciated.

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paulrbarnard [182 posts] 4 years ago
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VecchioJo wrote:
paulrbarnard wrote:

Seriously though, aren't the manufacturers looking for this kind of reaction? How many comments do you see on an article about mens bib shorts? The pose of the model and the fact that they have obviously selected a model equipped to best display the product suggests they are.

she was asking for it, your Honour

If you mean asking for the 'attention' then yes. Asking to be attacked or humiliated or assaulted then absolutely not. Thats a very different thing. Looking for attention and getting it is very different from getting unwanted attention.

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Dressmaking Cyclist [11 posts] 4 years ago
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Hi Caroline. Your reviews are the main reason I started coming to this site. There aren't many sites doing proper reviews of women's cycling gear and, from the comments above, I can see why. Thank you for doing it. I appreciate it.

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VecchioJo [409 posts] 4 years ago
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paulrbarnard wrote:
VecchioJo wrote:
paulrbarnard wrote:

Seriously though, aren't the manufacturers looking for this kind of reaction? How many comments do you see on an article about mens bib shorts? The pose of the model and the fact that they have obviously selected a model equipped to best display the product suggests they are.

she was asking for it, your Honour

If you mean asking for the 'attention' then yes. Asking to be attacked or humiliated or assaulted then absolutely not. Thats a very different thing. Looking for attention and getting it is very different from getting unwanted attention.

i would suggest that many of the comments here are of the unwanted attention kind as they make no mention of the product, some would even see them as a kind of an attack or assault, because it doesn't always have to be physical, and it's most definitely humiliating

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Eebijeebi [102 posts] 4 years ago
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Pics 3 and 5 show the garment.
Pics 1, 2 and 4 show an extremely fit female body wearing them outdoors. Are they to be worn without anything over them - if not, why show photos outdoors?
It's a lovely bottom. It was deliberately a lovely bottom and not a flabby out of shape one. That's what we are shown to display the product in an attractive light.
What is wrong with appreciating it out loud. Tell the model she has a lovely bottom - no problem. Say she has a lovely bottom on a forum -no problem. Nothing disrespectful or woman hating there.
The brainwash police are at work again.
It's ok to be a bloke - really it is, and it'll be a very sad world when people can't make a joke or be what they are.

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VecchioJo [409 posts] 4 years ago
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you can admire a nice bottom without feeling the need to publicly comment on it, read Caroline Dodgson's post again for why

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bikebot [2119 posts] 4 years ago
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Context matters, the article is a review and the comments aren't exactly welcoming to the intended audience.

I'll use a (possibly awful) analogy, which is the number of women I know who hate Page 3 and the sexualisation of music videos etc, but have no issue with pornography. The objection isn't with portraying anyone as sexual, but with normalizing that as a default view.

If my part in the banter caused any offence, sorry. None intended. I still find the picture amusing, in that it's slightly ridiculous. My work means I've been dealing with creatives and marketing people for years, and there's big kid inside me that sees the comedy in most advertising.

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hsiaolc [360 posts] 4 years ago
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I think it looks great. Very sexy looking and if a lady wears that on commute in London she will be greatly admired.
If that's the case then I think the designer has done their job.
If any lady choose to wear them then they know what they are wearing and for what purpose.

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Joeinpoole [444 posts] 4 years ago
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Strewth! That girl's figure is absolutely stunning and she *really* makes those pants look good. Quite frankly, if the wearer looks that good, it should actually be a crime to wear anything over the top of them.

Sorry about that. Until I read this thread I didn't realise that appreciating the beauty of women and being turned on by them ... and worse of all ... actually *saying* so ... apparently marks me out as a misogynist and a sexist.

Surely, on this thread, the female comments are vastly more 'man hating' and judgemental than the male comments are supposedly 'misogynistic'?

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TimC340 [78 posts] 4 years ago
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I would have shared this review with my wife, who cycles a great deal more than I do and likes stylish and fun kit to ride in, but some of the pathetic comments here would make her feel like she'd entered a men's football club locker room, and would very much dissuade her from asking for more information. Caroline (and Tony), would it not be appropriate to instigate active moderation for items which are likely to bring out the neanderthals?

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Dressmaking Cyclist [11 posts] 4 years ago
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Joeinpoole wrote:

Surely, on this thread, the female comments are vastly more 'man hating' and judgemental than the male comments are supposedly 'misogynistic'?

I apologise if any of my comments have been taken as "man hating'. They weren't meant in that way. They were meant as an attempt to explain how the "nice arse" comments exclude the women from the conversation (and let's face it, the product is for women).
I think the most telling comment in the whole thread is along the lines of "women don't read this anyway" - it's OK if they don't know about it. But we women have read it. We've been insulted by it, angered by it, and we have tried to explain why we don't like it. Rather than accepting that we might be unhappy with the comments, we've been classed as man-hating party-poopers. Gee, thanks.

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stuartp [68 posts] 4 years ago
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TimC340 wrote:

I would have shared this review with my wife, who cycles a great deal more than I do and likes stylish and fun kit to ride in,

Why don't you just point her at the website instead?

FWIW after all the fuss on here, I showed the picture to my wife (who has no interest cycling at all) who just said 'nice bum, good for her'

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Al__S [1254 posts] 4 years ago
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Dressmaking Cyclist wrote:

I apologise if any of my comments have been taken as "man hating'.

Blimey, you shouldn't be the one apologising here. joeinpoole is serially "a bit dodgy" to say the least when it comes to comments to do with women and cycling. But I'm not sure he's ever going to really understand why what he says is such a problem.

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Dressmaking Cyclist [11 posts] 4 years ago
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stuartp wrote:

FWIW after all the fuss on here, I showed the picture to my wife (who has no interest cycling at all) who just said 'nice bum, good for her'

But she didn't post it on this thread. That's the difference. It's got nothing to do with whether the model has a nice bum or not - she wouldn't have been picked for the campaign if she didn't , it's to do with posting the opinion on the forum. It's a product review. It's not reviewing the model's bum.

Although, as we only get shots of the bum, how can we be certain the model's not a he - designers have been using Andrej Pejic on the catwalk for years because they think his figure show off women's clothes better than a woman could...

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truffy [650 posts] 4 years ago
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TBH I think the pink lace looks out of place. If they had to girly it up with lace, it should be white or black. Just my opinion, of course.

Do they do this sort of stuff for chaps? Different cut, no lace, natch. I've only come across stuff without padding, which I don't really see the point in over bog-standard underwear.

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TimC340 [78 posts] 4 years ago
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stuartp wrote:
TimC340 wrote:

I would have shared this review with my wife, who cycles a great deal more than I do and likes stylish and fun kit to ride in,

Why don't you just point her at the website instead?

I did exactly that! But it would have been preferable that I could have sent her a link to this review without all the crap underneath it.

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Lifer [20 posts] 4 years ago
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Depressingly predictable comments.

I don't understand why we're still having this conversation.

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Nick T [1090 posts] 4 years ago
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stuartp wrote:
TimC340 wrote:

I would have shared this review with my wife, who cycles a great deal more than I do and likes stylish and fun kit to ride in,

Why don't you just point her at the website instead?

FWIW after all the fuss on here, I showed the picture to my wife (who has no interest cycling at all) who just said 'nice bum, good for her'

Does she show you pictures of Mat Brett for you to say "nice bum, good for him" in reply?

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notfastenough [3725 posts] 4 years ago
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truffy wrote:

TBH I think the pink lace looks out of place. If they had to girly it up with lace, it should be white or black. Just my opinion, of course.

Do they do this sort of stuff for chaps? Different cut, no lace, natch. I've only come across stuff without padding, which I don't really see the point in over bog-standard underwear.

Rapha do merino boxers in (lightly) padded and non-padded versions. Also Vulpine have something similar which Nick Hussey gets quite excited about the comfort of. I sometimes commute in the padded Rapha product under a pair of Ron Hills.

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WolfieSmith [1381 posts] 4 years ago
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Woman model? My first thought was 'Dave looks better modelling pants then he does modelling helmet covers.  4

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WolfieSmith [1381 posts] 4 years ago
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... My other thought was that as the pants 'stripes' run predominately horizontal they are technically, in fashion terms, hooped or banded pants not striped. Stripes are vertical, bands of hoops horizontal.

I have no comment on the quality of the model. I do enjoy watching Carry On films so in the style of Kenneth Connor 'fworrrrrrrrr'.

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