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Montezumas

4-way stretch merino lycra 3/4 length cycle shorts.
NZ$129
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Thermo-charged shorts for stomping around when the weather turns nippy. Montezumas combine 8-panel performance with 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino and below-the-knee styling to keep you and your knees toasty.


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Softail™ Pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
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'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams allows the lycra to stretch freely with your body.
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8-panel construction.
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Flat seams for enhanced comfort.
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HighRise™ rear ensures a generous overlap with your cycle top.
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Wide elastic waistband for maximum comfort.
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Fast-drying, 4-way stretch Hot Shot™ Merino.
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Weight: 260 gm.
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Made by us in New Zealand

What's the difference between the Geronimos and Montezumas?

> The Geronimos and Montezumas are both made from Hot Shot Merino - a 4-way stretch lycra fabric that combines superfine NZ merino against your skin with a tightly woven, hardwearing nylon outer.

> Geronimos feature the top-shelf eXo pad. It has 3D padding on both the inside and outside - more cushioning but with less bulk. More critically the pad and shorts' outer fabric are laminated together as a single layer for increased precision, with minimal movement between the fabrics and your saddle. Montezumas have the multi-level Softail pad - an excellent pad but a notch lower in absolute performance than the eXo.

> The Geronimos feature Bandolier cuffs - textured-lycra bands that glue the legs of our premium tights to your calves, and provide muscle support, all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

> Montezumas sport 8-panels while the Geronimos lift it a couple of notches to 10-panels. More panels allow for more shaping in the design, providing a firmer performance fit.

Tell me about the pad in these shorts.

> Softail™ Pad delivers unparalleled comfort for those gnarly long days in the saddle. Differential density, multi-level foam construction provides additional padding at pressure points without increased bulk. 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction hug your body for a performance fit. Polyester-knit face fabric against your skin disperses heat and moisture. Anti-bacterial finish maintains hygiene and dries rapidly after washing.

> It requires no special care and dries very quickly after washing (it loves a warm wash!).

> There are two main differences between the women's-specific and men's-unisex versions of the Softail pad. While the moulded part of the pad remains the same the pad is shorter at the front in the women's version. The position of the pad in the short is also gender specific, with differently shaped panels in the short's gusset supporting the pad.

Should I wear underwear with these shorts?

> Hell no. You want to have as smooth an interface as possible between your bum and the saddle. The seams on your underwear will inevitably be in the wrong place - causing rubbing and saddle sores. Also underwear is generally cotton - nice for everyday use but damp skin below is more susceptible to chaffing.

Washing Instructions?

> Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.

> With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm wash and a change of cleaning brew. As a rule of thumb, product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like Ecover, Ecostore, Earthwise or Aware.

> Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so drying on the line or hanging over the bedpost does the trick. Or use a dryer on a warm (not hot) cycle.

> UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the lycra.

> It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo and Softail pads in particular become less stiff after the first wash.