Why to Buy: UK design with exceptional quality built-in Italian chamois padding. The perfect versatile, discreet cycling knickers for those that need that extra comfort when commuting, touring or spinning.
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X-Small ~ UK size 8
Small ~ UK Size 10
Medium ~ UK Size 12
Large ~ UK Size 14
X-Large ~ UK Size 16
- Designed in the United Kingdom
- Italian chamois – perfect for short or long distance
- Perineal area designed to support female anatomy
- Moisture wicking, stretchy, durable and lightweight DRY-CLIM fabric
- Made in Latvia, North Europe
- 84% Polyester
- 16% Elastane and Microfiber Chamois
Machine washable 40°C
Created to replace undies and provide a comfortable padded alternative.
Since we launched in 2012, just after the London Olympics, VeloVixen has become a byword for hand chosen gear that's been designed entirely for the female rider. And, we're often told, the benchmark for friendly, approachable, knowledgable customer service.
That's before you mention our broader commitment to the sport through our regular event appearances, popular blog and Facebook chat group, Strava group, open days and so much more.
We're still a proudly family-run small UK business based just outside Oxford, committed to offering what passionate, capable people like you actually want!
When it comes to putting our name on our own products, we need to be 100% convinced that we're offering something special. Undies for riding your bike in have proved themselves over the years to be so popular that we decided it was time to take things on another level.
So we worked on and improved on our UK designed pants with their exceptional quality built in Italian chamois padding, based on all that we know about female cyclists, and finally let our undies loose on the world in 2018...
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23 customer reviews
I love these, so useful.Review by Kez
I bought these partly for spinning and partly to wear on my commute as 3 miles doesn't really warrant full bike shorts but my saddle is a bit harsh with no padding at all. They have been brilliant, comfortable, padding is light but effective and they mean I can now use my normal leggings in addition to bike gear. (Though if you want to do this you need squat proof leggings or the stars will show through).
I am usually a size 10 on the bum and 12 on the tummy, I got the medium which fit well, a little tight on the tummy if I were to be picky. I have actually worn them all day at work when I forgot my normal undies, no obvious 'nappy' look or feel.
I have also gone out on a couple of 20 mile rides in these and found them comfortable with chamois cream, though further and I think the legs may start to rub. Echo an earlier post that the pad doesn't come forward quite far enough for getting very low on the bike, another inch would be nice, but I'd still buy them again and recommend them.
ComfyReview by Nicola
So comfortable that I didn’t notice they were there and took the edge off saddle discomfort. Would recommend.
Love themReview by GertyX
Picked up a pair at the London Bike Show. I mountain bike, and while they aren't meant to be really heavy duty padding, they're pretty good, and address the big issue I have of overheating. With a pair of baggy shorts they are really comfy. I regret not getting more, but I'm under doctors orders to lose weight, so I'm waiting. The size XL is plenty big enough for size 18/20.
9.5/10 for the road and 10/10 on the Spin bikeReview by Katrina
I thought I would give you my thoughts on the VeloVixen padded pants. I road tested these on two separate occasions whilst out on my road bike a 31 mile ride and a 43 mile ride) and also twice whilst teaching Spinning®️ 2 x 45 minutes.
I have rated them 9.5/10 for the road and 10/10 on the Spin bike...why?
First thoughts: I liked the different colour options, I chose the pale blue with white stars. The elastic around the waist and the legs are not too thin that they cut into your flesh or too thick that they rub when legs are moving. They are just the right tension around the stomach and do not dig in when reaching over to the handle bars and the material is breathable and stretchy.
The padding is spot on when it comes to padding over your sit bones. The width of padding across the widest part my bottom was spot on (and this is quite wide????). The width of the padding between the legs was good and did not cause any chaffing.
The reason I deducted a half mark was that I could have done with a little extra length at the front, so the padding came up a little higher toward the pubic bone. I found that that there was a line of stitching which caused discomfort towards the end of my ride on my road bike. This particular ride was very windy and I was low down to cut down wind resistance and therefore there was more pressure at the front.
I then tested them on my Spin bike and again they were brilliant. This time I did not have a problem with the stitching as I am in a more upright position on my Spin bike but ideally would have preferred a little extra length at the front.
Comfortable and great fitReview by ska face
I've had my eye on these for a while but balked at the price tag - so when they were in the Black Friday sale I bought two pairs.
I've not had a chance to wear them on the bike yet but I have tried them on - I got a size M and they fit perfectly, I can hardly feel them. This gives me so much more choices for cycling clothing as I can wear normal sports leggings instead of expensive cycling tights.
VeloVixen says: so glad you've taken the plunge! Hopefully they can now justify the price - for further explanation, if needed, here's our blog about them... https://www.velovixen.com/blog/vv-pants/
Invisible padded cycling knickersReview by Claire
This is my second pair! They are worth the money as you don't know you are wearing them & you can wear them under anything so you don't get that bulging nappy crotch undercarriage feeling. Easy to wash & dry & please do some more brightly coloured ones.
PERFECT!Review by Pamela
Absolutely fantastic. Even on 80 miles! Perfect!
Awesome comfy versatile knickersReview by Flo
These are fabulous. They are more comfortable than some of my padded shorts & tights & I can wear them under running tights to expand my cycling wardrobe. The padding is enough to cushion for a decent ride but thin enough that it isn’t too bulky under other workout clothes or ordinary trousers- amazing. Thanks!
Comfy & versatile- amazing!Review by Floflanna
These are fantastic. They are more comfortable than several of my padded tights or shorts & mean I am able to pad up my running leggings & expand my riding wardrobe. Fabulous- thanks for the ingenuity & great design!
ExcellentReview by Ruth
All I will say is that I wish I had bought these ages ago ! They are seriously well designed, fair price , and really comfy for up to 50 miles ( so far ! ) . I also bought some Hoo Ha Ride Glide and I reckon that will turn out to be an excellent buy too !
Well done Velovixen! And thankyou for making them ! ????????????
SizesReview by C
These would be fantastic if you did larger sizes . You seem to have forgotten not all cyclists are skinny !!! (ps size 16 doesn’t count as a larger size)
VeloVixen says: Thank you for your review and feedback. We are planning a run of larger sizes which should be with us soon. We haven't forgotten anyone just need to get the product and sizes right before they are launched.
A great, essential buy!Review by Arcadegirl
These pants are superb - they really do cushion the ride, they are silky smooth and you hardly know you are wearing them! Highly recommended.
So comfortableReview by Celia
I bought the Velovixen own make of padded knickers because I wanted a second pair. Previously I had bought a pair of the (more expensive) Urbanist ones. Well, I am thrilled with the Velovixen ones. The pad is less thick which makes them more comfortable, the Urbanist ones are too padded I think, certainly when off the bike they feel a bit 'nappy-like'. Also the Velovixen ones are longer in the front which suits my style of riding. Do size up though. I am normally size 8-10 and so bought a size small. They fit fine but perhaps a little tighter than I really like. If I bought another pair I would size up.
VeloVixen Says: thanks so much for your thoughts, Celia, and your glowing approval! For what it's worth - and sizing can be a tricky business! - we do find that people generally find a small works for a UK size 10, medium for a size 12, large for a size 14, etc. We get very low levels of exchanges with that as a rule of thumb.
Velovixen padded cyclng knickersReview by Sue
I've just bought two pairs of Velovixen padded cycling knickers in anticipation of a bike and boat ride holiday booked later this summer. I am usually a size 10/12 and bought a size M (12) which fit perfectly and feel very comfortable. I am really looking forward to trying these out and don't think I'll be waiting for my holiday. I usually end up very saddle sore but I am confident these will do the trick.
DelightedReview by Lynny
These cycling knickers are just what I wanted for short trips out for coffee or lunch, when I don’t want to wear full Lycra. They fit really well and are true to size. They fit snugly under my jeans. I’m considering buying a 2nd pair.
What a find!Review by Buffy
These padded knickers are cute, comfortable and they work! In this hot weather I wear 3/4 length loose unpadded shorts. I was having to wear padded shorts underneath which were far too hot. These knickers feel rather like wearing a swim wear bottom. I am amazed and delighted that such little pants really can provide such good padding. And they certainly reduce the heat factor. Great product! I'm saving up for another pair.
BrilliantReview by Deb
I’ve recently been suffering down below when practising cycling for an Olympic triathlon . Somehow your web page came up on facebook. I bought these pants and some Hoo Ha Ride Glide cream. No pain for my triathlon, which was fantastic and came in time too! Excellent service!
Looking forward to my holidayReview by MEB
I've just had a test bike ride in my new knickers to get an idea how they will feel during our cycling holiday. And I can certainly look forward to doing 30 to 40 miles a day wearing these. They feel comfortable but don't feel so hot and close as padded shorts would in today's temperature of 21 C. So I'm going to get another pair straight away to take with me.
Just one query. I was thinking they could be washed in 30 degrees on a short wash of 15 mins. Does anybody have any other ideas? I think some washing instructions along with the pants would have been a good idea.
VeloVixen Says: thanks for the great review. You make a good point about the washing instructions - they're pretty robust, but you're right that a gentle 30c wash will extend their life and we should make this clearer. x
Worth the moneyReview by GillyUs
I admit to being sceptcal when I bought a pair of these padded pants. It seemed a lot of money to pay for, well, a pair of pants. Now I've worn them a few times I admit I'm a recruit to the fan club. They are very comfortable, well cut, not at all bulky, and, most importantly, protect those tender parts from chafing. I spin two or three times a week, cycle most days around town and am booked on a cycle tour of Slovenia in September. I may have to splash out on a second pair of these padded pants. They are a great product. Thank you Velo Vixen.
Great buyReview by PAS
This is the second pair of padded knickers I have bought, they are brilliant. Fit well, comfortable, wash well and mean that I can wear running shorts or tights on top and don't need a whole host of cycling specific trousers. Highly recommended. Sizing is as expected, which is a real bonus, so no sending back.
Brilliant addition to my commuting kit!Review by Valerie
I have been using these a few times now for my 10miles commute and I can say they are really comfortable. I am normally a size 8 but got recommended to use the M size and they fit perfectly. I think they actually look great on for a pair of padded pants. Well worth the money. Thanks Velovixen
VeloVixen Says: thanks for the review, Valerie! Delighted you like them. We'd just add for the sake of other potential buyers that we've had very few returns where wearers have gone by the size guide: ie. XS = UK size 8, S = 10, M = 12, L = 14, XL = 16. xx
PERFECT PANTS!Review by Nicki T
Was looking for a pair of padded pants for those days when I'm not in lycra all day but teaching bikeabilty so on and off the bike for a few hours. The day I brought them I had a 11 mile ride planned. So decided to give them a try as I was going shopping straight after and didn't want to be in thick shorts all day. The fit was perfect I'm a size 14 (35" waist) and the large size was great. They were nice and close fitting and didn't ride up with wear! Love the polka dot ones.. Now best save for the black star pattern.
Comfort all the wayReview by Annie56
I took my two pairs of cycling knickers on a cycling holiday to Spain ( in the mountains of Ronda). For the first two rides I wore my cycling shorts (two well known brands) as I was unsure how the knickers would be on long hilly rides. I should not have worried as I wore them for the next two days doing 2800 feet climbing over 18 miles and 2500 feet over 23 miles and could not fault them. They fit perfectly they don’t cause rucking up around the chamois like my shorts do and they feel really feminine especially when going for lunch as no Big bottom feeling!! They kept me dry and I felt fresh all day. They also dry very quickly unlike shorts. I will be buying a couple more pairs when I return home ready for my next cycling trip to Vietnam.
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