Compass Knickers: Back In Stock, and in New Sizes

Compass Knickers: Back In Stock, and in New Sizes

The Compass knickers have been our most popular product ever. The gray color sold out within days, and the tan ones weren’t far behind!
Our local supplier worked overtime, and we now have the second batch of gray knickers in stock. (To save time, we limited ourselves to only one color for this rush order.)
Matt, who makes the knickers right here in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, reports that they are devilishly difficult to make, with their hidden, adjustable, elastic cuffs. He is the only one at his company who can sew them, and we are glad he did an awesome job for us once again.
We are now offering the gray color in sizes 38 and 40 in response to many requests. People had specific concerns about how sizes larger than 36 should fit, so we prototyped those sizes and had 2 cyclists test the size 40. They both really liked them, and they fit well. The cut of the knicker is on the roomy side on the sides of the thigh, so the fabric doesn’t constrict you when cycling – it’s a bit hard to see it in the photos above, but it was one thing that our testers noticed while they stood in front of the mirror, before they took them out on the bike. Once on the bike, they really liked the fit, and the loose fit didn’t billow in the wind or slow them down otherwise.
The tan color also is available in the sizes from our introductory run, sizes 28 through 36, but not in the larger sizes 38 and 40 yet.
The top photo shows the knickers in summer, but as you can see in the bottom photo, they also work well when worn with tights underneath. The knickers don’t have a pad – wear them over your normal cycling shorts. When riding, they disappear (I did the last third of Paris-Brest-Paris with them, and they never slowed me down), but off the bike, you look stylish and presentable.
Click here for more information or to order your Compass knickers.

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Comments (4)

  • Alexander Fine

    I ride with knickers and love them for all the reasons mentioned, especially the ability to pop into a cafe and feel as you say, presentable. I am hoping Compass eventually releases a pair in black, for me this would be the best color. My gray pair of knickers (not Compass, so I cant comment on Compass the product) eventually showed discoloration from years of bag-balm and chamois cream application, which hasn’t been the case with my black knickers.

    December 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      The synthetic fabric of these washes very easily, and I doubt you’ll get permanent stains. Black shows dirt and dust from riding a bit much for my taste…

      December 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm
      • Alexander Fine

        Very true! Sadly. Glad to hear they are a robust synthetic material. In that case I might favor the Tan one.

        December 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm
  • B. Carfree

    Forty-three years ago, my spouse wore knickers to middle school and was considered hopelessly unfashionable. She is getting a chuckle out of knickers making a small return to the sartorial scene.

    December 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

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