Since our foundation in 1976, Etxeondo has designed and manufactured women’s-specific clothing. Dedicated, no-compromise solutions, focused on meeting the demands of female riders. All our designs start with our ‘core’ objectives. We focus on providing technical garments that address the specific requirements of female riders rather than making a product driven by stereotypical aesthetics.
Our priorities when we design a pair of women’s tights are:
To ensure comfort and mobility on the bike, garments are designed around a female-specific pattern. Specifically, it must adapt to the natural shape of the chest, waist and hips. The bibs are also different: Cut in a ‘Y’ shape, running through the centre of the chest and then opening to form two separate straps. This ensures mobility and minimal pressure.
The unavoidable interaction between the rider’s body and the saddle, and the pressure it exerts, makes the protection of sensitive soft tissue a key priority.
By using a wider pad, more suited to the typical geometry of the female pelvis, we can shift a significant amount of pressure away from soft tissue and onto the pelvis and hamstrings. Some frontal pressure is inevitable, so we maximise protection in that area, relieving contact and avoiding chafing. In addition, to maintain a healthy PH, we use bacteriostatic fabrics.
While the pad itself – and the level of protection it provides – is a key element in selecting the right garment, that is not the whole story. The placement and preparation of the pad in the garment is at least as important. Protection must be targeted accurately, with the pelvis tilted correctly for efficient pedalling. We call this Precision & Movement.
Real-world practicality. Stopping to go to the bathroom while wearing bib tights is inevitably more complicated for women than men. After exploring different potential solutions, Etxeondo decided to offer several strapless models, dispensing with the bib without compromising the support and fit at the waist.
Different riders will have different priorities, varying according to their morphology, their type of riding, style and budget. To make it easier to choose based on each garment’s individual characteristics, at Etxeondo we have grouped our shorts into four distinct families.
Tights designed to maximize performance. As the family name indicates, they have been designed with and for the professional cyclists of Etxeondo-backed teams to be competitive in the most demanding races in the world. They are all variants of our famous Olaia model, now identified by a red label on the right side.
Our Berasa pad is favoured by the professional riders for training and racing. For long days in the saddle, where out-and-out comfort is the main factor. Composed of three separate pieces of high-density, hydrophilic memory foam of varying thickness and density, it maximises protection, avoids pressure points and improves pelvic support. A top layer of perforated microfibre absorbs moisture, reduces skin temperature and minimises irritation. An antibacterial treatment and glue-less and seamless construction complete the package.
OLAIA WOMEN´S BIB TIGHTS
High-end winter performance at a competitive price. Olaia is an Etxeondo best seller, a garment with a huge following among our customers. A complete, all-round tight cut from Thermosystem Termika, a thermoregulatory fabric that offers exceptional protection from the cold.
OLAIA HYDRO TIGHTS
These tights are ideal for winter rides where you want that extra protection against the rain and the spray coming from the wet roads. Starting with the Olaia tights as a base and applying the Thermosystem Hydrorepellent fabric, makes this product comfortable and protective; the fabric acts as a thermoregulator and has water-repellent properties.
Our Endurance range is aimed at optimizing comfort and protection for those who spend long hours in the saddle. Riders whose simple passion for cycling inspires them to challenge themselves on epic routes or simply enjoy discovering new places with their friends. All our Endurance range is based around the Ixa model, easily identified by a silver label on the right side.
These tights have different characteristics, with a more subtle level of compression compared to the tights from the PRO category. Suitable for those cyclists who prioritize comfort over performance.
IXA THERMODRY TIGHTS
If you prioritize comfort over anything else, then the IXA THERMODRY are your tights of choice. These tights combine the comfortable Berasa chamois with the Thermosystem Superdry which is a fabric that offers a very high level of thermoregulation and also dries quickly. The fabric adapts well to your body thanks to its elasticity and lightness in weight.
Top class bib shorts that bring Etxeondo’s famous quality to the public at a more accessible price point: Performance, durability and style. Our quality-guaranteed materials and manufacturing methods, combined with fresh, trend setting designs.
Like all Etxeondo’s chamois, Udana uses a combination of high-density and memory foam compounds, seamless, glueless construction and an antibacterial treatment.
KOMA TIGHTS AND KOMA WAIST TIGHTS
Our entry-level short, striking a balance between class-leading quality and cost. Cut from Thermosystem Ketaren fabric, KOMA uses the same manufacturing and patterning techniques as our top of the range shorts, ensuring the performance, design and durability that defines us.
ARAN Y ARAN 3/4 WAIST TIGHTS
Our Aran model fuses sharp styling and elasticity with the protection of a winter tight. For riders looking for warmth in low temperatures matched with aesthetic appeal. Style and comfort in two styles: long or three quarter, the choice is yours