I’ll be honest: I was mega reserved about giving shorts with padding a good hard try.

It wasn’t until I slipped on this #FitbieFind, the Evolution Short from Sugoi, that I reconsidered. Sure, a little awkward to move around in at first, by mile 3 on my bike ride I was extra thankful for the added support. By mile 15? I couldn’t imagine my ride without it.

The RC Pro chamois (that’s the fancy name for the padding up in there) makes your time in the saddle about a bazillion times more comfortable. And as someone who assumed that all brands who toted some booty padding in their bike shorts were created equal, well, I can testify that these certainly rise about some of the competition. Made with moisture wicking and breathable fabric for max comfort and high performance, there’s no doubt about it that these shorts are an essential to my biking wardrobe.

What else we love:
• Flat seams and 8-panel design combine for a low-profile, contoured fit
• Comfort waistband construction
• Available in three colors

The Details: Sugoi Evolution Shorts, $90, sugoi.com