Essential Short Liner
When our sit bones need extra cushioning, we'll pull on the Essential Short Liner. They're designed to fit under our go-to baggies and they feature multi-density chamois for dampening harsh vibrations. Flatlock seams boost durability and comfort, and an irritation-free waistband offers just the right amount of coverage.
- A lightweight short-short for cushioning sit bones
- Designed to fit under your go-to baggies
- Multi-density chamois absorbs harsh trail chatter
- Silicone at bottom of leg locks hems in place
- Comfort fit waistband is irritation-free
- Flatlock seams boost durability and comfort
- Item #POC00EF
- polyamide, spandex
- POC women's specific chamois
- Recommended Use
- cross-country, downhill, enduro, trail
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
3 based on 2 ratings
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June 3, 2023
Could Have Been Perfect
- I returned this product before using it
I was overdue for a new liner but have procrastinated this purchase since, frankly, there are things that are much more exciting to spend money on than padded underpants. But I wanted to get this right so I did my research and narrowed my search to 3 candidates: the Terry Aria, Zoic Essential, and POC Essential Short liners. In case you’re at a similar crossroads, I’ll share my impressions and which liner I ultimately chose. I’m a fit 5’6” woman, ~130 lbs, mid-30’s, with the sturdy upper legs and saddle of a mountain biker. I’m a little more padded than I’d like to be, but petite by most standards. I’m typically a XS/2/26 in street clothes, though after reading reviews claiming that all 3 of these liners ran small, I ultimately ordered a small in the Terry and Zoic shorts and a medium in the POCs. Note that this turned out to be the correct size for me in each short. Here’s how my head-to-head comparison shook out. POC Essential Liner: Hands down, these had the best chamois of the bunch. Dense but not bulky padding with a natural shape. I also liked the fabric of the shorts themselves. As promised, it did offer light compression. The shorts were well-shaped and felt like they wouldn’t need to be tugged up all the time. This is the only short of the 3 that has silicone leg grips, if that matters to you. But that is unfortunately where the virtues of these shorts ended. The length and band construction was an unequivocal dealbreaker. With a 2.5-3 inch inseam, the legbands squeezed my thighs at the widest point. And not just a little squeeze…I have never worn a garment that made me feel more grotesquely corpulent. If only these had a longer (7-9 inch) inseam and a wider leg band, I really think my search for the perfect liner would have been over. That said, if you have zero body fat or pin-straight legs, these could be your match…just go up 2 sizes from your street size! Zoic Essential Liner: I had high hopes for these given many positive reviews online, but found them unimpressive across the board. The fit was okay, though they are low in front. The chamois was the second densest of the 3 options and seemed like it would be comfortable. The inseam was moderate at around 5-6 inches. The biggest turnoff was the unexpectedly thin fabric that lacked integrity, sort of like a kid’s unlined Lycra swimsuit. There is a band of elastic encased in this material at the top of the yoga-pant-style waist, but it felt strangely rigid in comparison to the thin material. Similarly, the leg band was so much thicker and stronger that the shorts that it created uncomfortable bulging above and below the band. I couldn’t see this fabric standing up well to tugging, heat, sweat, friction, and frequent motion, but if the fit sounds like it could work for your leg shape, it might be worth a look. Terry Aria Liner: (spoiler: winners!) Out of the ba, these are the least attractive of the 3 with a high waist, old-school elastic band at the top, perforations all over, and lace bands. You have to pull them on kind of like nylons, by gathering the fabric in your hands, so I was shocked when they slid on like a glove and just felt instantly good everywhere. The chamois is less dense than the other contenders, and I suspect is optimized for road/commuting use, but it’s a quality Italian product with some density over the sit bones and is flexible and breathable. When doing big rides, I haven’t noticed any more soreness than I had in my old, thicker chamois. The shorts slid under my baggies compliantly and don’t slip down or stretch out on the trail. I was concerned the lace bands would be inadequate to hold the legs in place without any silicone grip, but I was wrong. They stay put as well as my old silicone grips plus they’re incredibly comfortable, with no binding or constricted feeling. I’m a fan of the longer inseam. The shorts are very breathable, hold their shape, and hug your curves. They won’t win fashion points but I’m a happy rider!
Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com
June 29, 2020
- I've used it several times
I bought both the med and large the Medium was so so tiny. Kept the large and even at that they are tight and small. I wore them biking and I have to say the padding is really great! but the cut of them is very short and I found them bunching up towards seat the entire time having to keep pulling them down.
Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com