2013 400-Mile Bike Short - Women
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This 10-panel short with Curvilinear™ seamlines, contrast flatstitch and the new women's 400-Mile™ Pad is designed primarily for comfort as well as incorporating feminine style. The 400-Mile™ pad floats and stretches, which means it can be used as a race short in a triathlon. Swim, bike and run in it! The pad actually stretches with the short and follows the skin as it moves with every pedal stroke, eliminating the friction that can cause irritation or rashes. The front and back of the short are lined for comfort and to create opacity (eliminate the possibility of transparency). One of the great features of this short is what it does not have: no leg gripper eliminating tight binding and squeezing around the thighs creating a more comfortable and attractive short.
The short remains in place because it is made of Forza Compressor™ (see Fabric Facts). It also has a drawstring-elastic waistband and a back pocket that fits a cell phone, mp3 player or fuel packets.
We offer a matching top! Please see the Forza Tri Jersey found in the Forza Femme Grupo. You will notice a very detailed matching two color stitch not found in any other brand.
This item is not designed for repeated use as a swim suit in a chlorinated pool.
400-Mile™ Pad Dimensions:
Max Thickness: .236" (6mm)
Min Thickness: .05" (1.25mm)
Total Length: 11" (27.9cm)
Front Max Width: 4.625" (11.7cm)
Waist Width - most narrow point: 4.25" (10.8cm)
Back Max Width: 7" (17.8cm)
Small: 7" (17.75cm)
Medium: 7.5" (19cm)
Large: 8" (20.25cm)
XLarge: 8.5" (21.5cm)
- What is the SPF/UPF rating for this product?
To date, in the USA there are still no federal regulations for SPF, or UPF ratings in clothing.
Although many manufacturers list SPF/UPF ratings on their clothing tags, they are doing so in a very biased and unwarranted manner. You see, there is not yet an accreditation process to regulate these claims in the USA. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), together with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) are currently exploring the many outside influences on fabrics, such as salt and chlorinated water, stretch, and durability to determine a standard for clothing in relation to sun protection.
So, if a company sells you on their SPF/UPF rated products and says you do not need to wear sunscreen, they will be lying to you just to make a sale.
That said, our fabrics have been tested for their effectiveness against UVB rays by an independent organization. The Skin Cooler fabrics we created block 75% of UVB rays. This is why we recommend you wear sunscreen underneath these products. It is crucial to keep in mind that a sunscreen's SPF/UPF rating refers only to its ability to protect skin from UVB radiation, the rays that cause sunburn. Because we know that UVA damage can be just as insidious, it is essential for the health of your skin that you use a sunscreen that contains the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and/or avobenzone.
We have had all our fabrics tested by an independent testing service and they found that our Forza Fabric blocks 75% of UVB rays.