The Q36.5 Half Short L1 Lady women’s cycling short is more or less the Salopette Dottore L1 Lady women’s bib short adopted to function without bib straps. We’re the first to tell you that’s a good thing.
Q36.5 is as much a brand based around research as it is a retail line. That tends to mean that there’s a lot of technical details, interesting names for new fabrics, and the higher pricing that often comes with innovation. Here’s why you buy Q36.5: it’s all worth it.
The Q36.5 Half Short L1 Lady short is based around proper fit, which they call their Ergogenic Pattern. This means that fit is very snug, but it avoids making the rider feeling like a summer sausage. You’ll find that the fabric provides muscles a ton of support over a long ride, reducing fatigue on longer rides. You’ll also find that the high-density material they use is made out of a single panel, and while just standing makes them feel almost repressive, on the bike, the fit is ideal. This waist construction avoids the use of the standard circular elasticated panel, in favor of a shallow contour shape which places less pressure on the rider’s waist. It’ll feel more paper-like than your typical lycra bib short, but the fabric is actual made of varying densities, again to improve fit specific to women. The fabric is also given a DWR treatment.
Q36.5 doesn’t make a huge fuss about their chamois, but here it’s truly killer. Their proprietary pad offers more coverage than your standard chamois pad, but it’s not at all diaper-like, like other bib shorts can feel. It’s comfortable, lightweight, but extremely durable.
In fact, the perhaps the most remarkable thing about these shorts is their durability. Many report frequent usage of Q36.5 bib shorts and bibs over the course of a year, with them feeling like new at the end. We feel the same way.
The Q36.5 Half Short L1 Lady women’s cycling short is available in four sizes, XS-L.