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Recumbent Cycle Touring Shorts

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ex_ambi.jpgThe Ex Officio Amphi Shorts make remarkably nice recumbent shorts. They are light, well made , and have a soft finish. These quick drying shorts were made for water but work fine on a recumbent.

Here’s what REI has to say about them:


Travel shorts that love the water too! These lightweight, quick-drying nylon shorts offer refined looks and multiple pockets.

  • Made from cottony-soft Nycott™ nylon treated with Teflon® for speed-drying performance, as well as being wrinkle- and stain-resistant
  • Fabric has a UPF 30+ rating, offeing excellent UV protection
  • Built-in Airomesh™ brief adds support and makes these shorts great as swimming trunks, too
  • Inseam gusset allows full range of motion; leg hems cinch with a webbing band and slider buckle
  • Side-seam pockets with separate key and coin catcher inner pockets, zippered back pocket and zippered cargo pocket give plenty of storage space
  • Partial elastic-back, lined waistband for a trim, comfortable fit; IBS™ shank button and separating belt


The thing that sets these shorts apart from others for me are:

1. Leg ties that keep them from ballooning while you are riding

2. Plastic Zipped fly and a comfortable built-in brief with a scooped front that make nature breaks easy.

3. A real belt not one of those elastic ones that slips down as soon as you put something in the pockets.

4. Gussetted pockets that are stong and keep what you put in them there.

5. Velcroed front and rear pockets.

6. They pack small and light.

7. They look nice enough for off bike wear and are comfortable enought to be cycling shorts. Items that do double duty save space when you pack for a tour.

These shorts sell for about $46 at both the REI and Ex Officio Sites, but you can find them on eBay for a lot less.


Written by Roland

June 10, 2006 at 9:59 pm

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  1. The shorts a great BUT the liner are terrible. The liner will rub worse than briefs. they should not be sold as recumbent wear!


    June 30, 2006 at 9:49 pm

  2. jF I did an 80 miler in then 2 weeks ago and didn’t notice a problem.


    June 30, 2006 at 11:13 pm

  3. jF, I’ve ben thinking about your comment about the shorts. I am usualy pretty sensitive to that kind of thing. See my notes on The Rub, https://ebent.wordpress.com/2006/05/30/the-rub/.

    It could be the difference is in our seats. I mean the seats on our bikes. What type of bike are you riding and what does it have for a seat?


    June 30, 2006 at 11:52 pm

  4. I have similar shorts prurchased in ’05 with the EMS brand… they are quite comfortable on the RANS Stratus… It’s great to have a zipper instead of having to pull down my pants to pee…
    The adjustable straps allow ventilation control, and bee exclusion. Ex Officio seems to be the ONLY supplier currently selling all these features in one short.


    April 27, 2007 at 10:52 am

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