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As many have already said, it's a personal thing.

However, just like 'gel' seats, more padding (or too much padding) can definitely be problematic.

If your sit bones sink into your chamois (or seat padding), it tends to cause bruising to the tissue around your sit bones.

I am a big/heavy guy, but my sit bones are well conditioned to my bike seats. I generally prefer very little padding on either the seat or the chamois.
 

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the I started riding in Louisville KY about 3 decades ago the local bike club at local store had discount on shorts the racing team was using, Think the company is out of business RJ Renolds, but they were the most comfortable shorts.
Pad was like fake leather shaved thin at edge and flat stitching like a wet suit set back from edge of pad. almost all of the new stuff I buy is not nearly as comfortable.
Good for you Bery!
 

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As many have already said, it's a personal thing.

However, just like 'gel' seats, more padding (or too much padding) can definitely be problematic.

If your sit bones sink into your chamois (or seat padding), it tends to cause bruising to the tissue around your sit bones.

I am a big/heavy guy, but my sit bones are well conditioned to my bike seats. I generally prefer very little padding on either the seat or the chamois.
:LOL: Definitely!
 

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Hi everyone! Today I wanna open a discussion on the topic of Chamois in the cycling shorts:
Are they the thicker the better?

When you search on amazon, you found many cycling shorts that mentions the chamois are 3D or 4D padded, from 3~7 layers. It seems more padded chamois to be the advantages. However, when we start to look at those high end cycling shorts, you found those chamois actually not very thick. So is the thicker one with more layer worse?

I believe that most of you have this confusion like me as well, so I am here to give some ideas:

For the cyclist who just begin cycling, they might not ride often. It will take some time to help them get use to the saddle sore. And for this period, we would prefer the thicker chamois just like those on most amazon products.
The thicker chamois will help us feeling more comfortable for a long ride and reduce the saddle sore.

However, when one cyclists begin to ride a lot. The bones and muscles get use to the long time riding pain, if one wear a thick chamois, it might not prevent the sweat from breathing out and cause more trouble like bacteria breeding. At this stage, cyclist usually would more likely to prefer the cycling shorts with less thicker chamois but with better breathable function one.

From the chaomis we use, we have different type as well, some are with thicker ones, some are not. From 2 layers to 6 layers.

So what is your idea on this? What is the current chamois are and how do you like them or wanna change for a thicker or less thicker one? Feel free to join the discussion.
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I can't stand the ridiculously thick padding on most bike shorts available now. I have a couple thin natural chamois shorts that are still in good condition and they are by far my favorite. I wish those were still available. I'm always struggling to find new shorts that aren't so heavily padded. I also don't ride a saddle with essentially zero padding. I'd rather set the padding I want based on saddle selection and minimal extra in the shorts. My road saddle vs commuter vs mtn bike are all different for the conditions those bikes are used in. Then I can use the same thinly padded shorts with all of them.
 

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I can't stand the ridiculously thick padding on most bike shorts available now. I have a couple thin natural chamois shorts that are still in good condition and they are by far my favorite. I wish those were still available. I'm always struggling to find new shorts that aren't so heavily padded. I also don't ride a saddle with essentially zero padding. I'd rather set the padding I want based on saddle selection and minimal extra in the shorts. My road saddle vs commuter vs mtn bike are all different for the conditions those bikes are used in. Then I can use the same thinly padded shorts with all of them.
Yep, in fact on our expensive bibs , the padding are much thin than the one on the regular shorts.It doesn't matter how thick it is, it matters what materiel and the density of the materiel, and how it can support you during your ride.
 
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