Inflatable pads in riding shorts is an old idea that PumpShorts has redesigned and reinvented!
Why haven't we seen these on the market until PumpShorts?
Why was this idea abandoned?
Lets start with some key problems associated with your typical cycling shorts and bibs such as chafing and sweating in the seat, specifically the groin area that the chamois cover.
• CHAFING - Definition: to make or become damaged or sore by rubbing. (Cycling Magazine - Buy the best bike shorts you can afford. The pad will be better, the material will be better and the seams will be sewn (and located) in a way that will minimize friction and rubbing.) Also caused when skin rubs against moist and clammy surfaces.
• SWEATING & VENTILATION: We have all experienced sweating in the groin area on a long bicycle ride. This is caused by the lack of ventilation in the Chamois of the riding shorts.
In order to make something inflate in has to hold air.
If a balloon or what PumpShorts calls its "air bladders" is sewn into the chamois of cycling shorts it will obviously keep air from passing through the chamois. PumpShorts "air bladders" are not sewn into the chamois!! If the air bladder is sewn into the chamois there would be no ventilation; sweating and moisture creating chafing and discomfort would occur. This was the main reason the inflatable pads were never fully developed and offered for sale.
Why are PumpShorts and PumpBibs Different?
What sets PumpShorts apart from all the other FAILED ATTEMPTS at Inflatable Pads is our attention to the rider's anatomy, specifically their sit bone distance. Our unique innovative design puts the bladders behind the chamois just like the placement of your saddle.
• PumpsShorts AIR BLADDERS are not sewn into the chamois of the cycling shorts and bibs we make. In fact they are completely separate from the Chamois. Our shorts and bibs are better than other manufacturers. The pad are better, the material is better and the seams are sewn and located in a way that will minimize friction and rubbing. Our shorts not only have all these qualities but our chamois are ventilated so air can pass around the pads.
• Our revolutionary design places the air bladders beneath the shorts and bib seat much like a saddle would be, so air can pass around them flowing into and through the chamois for cooling and wicking (wicking fabrics are modern technical fabrics which draw moisture away from the body) which our chamois accomplish very well.
PumpsShort's air bladders are completely removable!
Saddle manufacturers love to talk about how their saddle will work the best for cyclist. They say too much cushion is bad and leather saddles are good. The truth is no saddle can relieve you saddle soreness all of the time and in most cases the pain returns after prolong sitting. Here are what the experts say causes saddle soreness;
Long periods of exercise/activity for the legs
Prolonged sitting (particularly on hard surfaces).
Its almost impossible to avoid these two points when cycling. You have to sit for a while and exercise your legs.
That is what cycling is all about!
Pump Shorts and Pump Bibs take a medical and anatomical approach to this cycling issues of pain and discomfort. By giving the rider the ability to change dynamics of the pad shape and giving relief to the surrounding nerves of the sit bones. This way the pressure points can be changed, giving more or less cushion to those areas when needed.
All on the fly when sitting in your saddle.