First of all I dont think anyone is talking about riding something like this for the guy who's doing 8 hours and 160 miles
Originally Posted by J-Tim
Second of all, even if they were I would find it VERY hard pressed to believe that if it fit properly that it'd induce what you call unhealthy levels of chafing. I'ma need some actual documentation to show that to be true, and not some anecdotal 'those guys said'. The longest ride I've done is well short of 8/160 but still 6/100 isn't far off time in saddle wise and I did it on a stock cheapo Scott saddle and had precisely 0 issues of induced chafing. And 8+ hours and 200km is so far outside the norm in the furthest reaches of the spectrum that it's not worth thinking about.
Anyhow that above is what Spec considers level 5 padding. The toupe pro I came from was a 1. The toupe s works is actually a level 2 padding. More padding for the better saddle the pros are likely to ride? Mind. Blown. The saddle I went to is the power pro, also level 2 padding. It's the stock saddle on the $8200 Venge Vias Pro.
On the chamios issue I believe there the quest for thin is also based on chafing, not desire to reduce padding, that'd be pretty crazy if so. To the chafing issue I would say the same as the saddle, if it's the proper fitting clothes you're not going to get into trouble. My older club crap from Voler is kinda loose, and I can chafe in it after an hour if I'm not mindful. My Ale stuff is so damned tight and snug that it doesn't go anywhere and has never caused any chafing whatsoever. I'd not hesitate to wear it for endless hours, despite it's beefy padding. This is where the lack of chafing comes from:
The heart of the success lies in the silicone impregnated, woven fabric used for both the 60mm leg grippers and the bib ‘straps’. They’re grippy without being grabby and stretchy without constricting – functionally perfect.
The construction and functionality of these shorts is assisted by way of an open weave, horizontal stretchy fabric between the straps that keeps them in place without allowing too much movement, or retaining excess heat.
Sew in an awesome insert with super supportive 90kg/cm2 padding in its central zone, and an anti-bacterial cover that has retained its softness after a lot of washes and you end up with hard saddle edges being well hidden from the posterior without adding any unneeded bulk.
I think (that's a freebie for bsick) people are very quick to reach for the thinnest padding without considering the poor fabric itself may be what's inducing the chafing they experience.