For starters, three-quarter length Lycra suits like these Adidas Responses suit many women because there’s no bulging round the thighs caused by tight leg openings. Additionally, the grey side inserts and curved leg seams give a flattering, sporty look. A few useful reflective stripes and logos ensure they’re just as eye-catching at night too.
Functionally, the multi-panel design curves with the body and manages to fit well around the knee without irritating seams. The waistband, which is contoured lower in the front, is comfortably wide and has a drawstring to pull it in if needed, while the legs are held down with nonmarking silicon grippers. The seamless, slightly stretchy pad stayed comfy over longer rides, though it was stiff to begin with. Weight-wise, the fabric is quite light – better for warmer days – and it seems to dry quickly.