Fit & Fabric
Made up of 84% New Zealand Merino wool, 10% nylon and 6% spandex, I found the Seree Short to fit my body comfortably. The snug fabric moved when I moved, and caused zero chafing over time. Nada. You’ll notice a thicker wool fabric on all areas of the shorts except the inner thigh. Here, a thinner, polyester fabric covers the area that makes contact with your seat. Some women have said this design causes an unflattering bulging at their inner thighs. I didn’t notice it. Once on, these shorts tend to look like any other pair of tight-fitting bike shorts I own, if just an inch or so shorter. While I haven’t experienced “the bulge,” I thought it was important to point it out because we’re all built differently.
The Seree has top-notch temperature regulation thanks to wool. I hardly ever find myself overheating in these shorts. That’s because they breathe so much better than my polyester cycling shorts. The natural fibers in wool pull moisture away from the skin which results in a cooling effect. Wool also helps to keep them from smelling awful after a ride. In my (multiple month) experience with these shorts, I’ve had no issues with either temperature or odor control.
The Wonders of Wool
Worried that wool’s notorious itchiness will cause you serious discomfort? Don’t be. This isn’t your bulky wool sweater from elementary school days. Merino wool isn’t at all itchy; In fact, I found these shorts to be surprisingly soft against my skin. That doesn’t mean they won’t hold up on the trail. On the contrary, they are remarkably durable. I’ve crashed hard and snagged them on a fair share of pointy objects on the trail and haven’t (yet) ripped them to shreds.
An 8mm chamois provides more than adequate cushioning. I actually think it’s thicker than any other chamois I own, which is one of the main reasons I reach for the Seree Short for longer rides. Most recently, it accompanied me on a 100+ mile overnight bikepacking adventure. I find the chamois to do an ample job covering all necessary contact points between my body and the bike seat as well. If I had one gripe about the 4-way stretch micro-fine polyester pad, it would be that it’s almost too thick. Say what? It’s certainly not uncomfortable on the bike, so maybe I shouldn’t even bring it up. But I’m always aware of it when I dismount and walk around.
Other useful features include: a women’s specific form fitting design; an 8" inseam (size medium); nine panel construction; ordor-resistant, wool face chamois; non-friction gusseted crotch; and machine washable. Ibex recommends caring for its wool products by running them through the washer and air drying. Don’t tumble dry unless the label tells you to. Cleaning your wool garments before storing them will help prevent moths from feeding on the fabric.