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Men's Foundation Short

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We took the same great fit and sought where we could make these shorts more affordable without compromising quality. The result is a short made from a lightweight, recycled fabric offering balanced compression and a unique opaque finish. We used the same leg gripper and trims as found on the Signature Bib Short but incorporated a simpler high-density chamois for excellent support in a slightly thinner form - ideal for shorter stints in the saddle.  A premium at a not-so-premium price, the Foundation offers a platform for a better riding experience.

    • 78% Recycled nylon fabric with Extra LifeLycra: balanced compression & breathability, comfort and longevity
    • High Gauge for excellent recovery and second skin fit
    • 5-Panel design: anatomically cut, compressive and supportive to enhance performance
    • Foundation chamois, modeled after our Signature chamois and developed with Elastic Interface, provides excellent mid-distance comfort & support
  • Fabric: 78% Recycled Polyamide / 22% Elastane
    Made in: Italy

  • Caring for your cycling gear properly will extend its life and maintain its performance, fit and quality. It’s important to consider these instructions carefully. While we stand behind the quality of our apparel, not adhering to these instructions will void our warranty against manufacturing & defects.

    We strongly recommend washing your new gear before wearing it. You’ll find that your apparel will soften, and fit & comfort will improve after washing - especially with bibs & shorts.

    Machine wash cool, 86°F (30°C) with like colors: Cooler temps maintain better longevity for your apparel. Like colors, especially lights, will remain more vibrant when washed with like colors.

    Use mild detergent. Do not bleach or dry clean: Strong detergents & bleach can break down the fibers and elastane in the garment, dramatically reducing its life.

    Close all fastenings: this goes also for other garments mixed in with your cycling apparel. Velcro closures or clasps can catch on stitching or trim and damage your garments.

    Lay flat to dry. Do not tumble dry: Do not put your cycling apparel in the dryer. Even on low heat. Don’t do it. Heat can damage fabric, elastic and heat transfer logos very easily. Lycra (Elastane) is used throughout our garments to provide compression and support and is susceptible to damage from heat and can irreparably damage your apparel.

Sizing Guide

Our jerseys and bib shorts are intended to be form fit, providing compressive support, maximizing performance of the fabrics, and reducing fatigue and chafing. Due to the compressive nature of the fabrics, you will be able to fit into more than one size. Please use the charts below to help determine your optimum size:

  • Find your weight along the top of the table.
  • Look down the column to find your appropriate size.
  • Each size has a height range based on weight.
  • If you find that you are on the upper or lower end of height and weight for a given size, the garment will have more or less compression respectively.
  • Use the Dimensions Details chart to further dial in your fit.

Still unsure or need help? No problem! Email us at Remember that every piece is backed by our Signature Guarantee.

Height & Weight Size Ranges

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  • Size 120 - 130 lbs. 130 - 140 lbs. 140 - 150 lbs. 150 - 160 lbs. 160 - 170 lbs. 170 - 180 lbs. 180 - 190 lbs. 190 - 200 lbs. 200 - 210 lbs. 210 - 220 lbs. 220 - 230 lbs. 230 - 240 lbs. 240 - 250 lbs. 250 - 260 lbs. 260 - 270 lbs. 270 - 280 lbs. 280 - 290 lbs.
    XS 5'3"     5'8"                                          
    S       5'5"    5'11"                                    
    M             5'9"    6'4"                              
    L                   5'9"    6'5"+                        
    XL                         5'9"    6'5"+                  
    XXL                            5'9"    6'5"+            
    XXXL                                  5'9"    6'5"+      
    XXXXL                                        5'9"    6'5"+
  • Size 54 - 59 kg 59 - 64 kg 64 - 68 kg 68 - 73 kg 73 - 77 kg 77 - 82 kg 82 - 86 kg 86 - 91 kg 91 - 95 kg 95 - 100 kg 100 - 104 kg 104 - 109 kg 109 - 113 kg 113 - 118 kg 118 - 122 kg 122 - 127 kg 127 - 132 kg
    XS 160cm     173cm                                          
    S       165cm    180cm                                    
    M             175cm    193cm                              
    L                   175cm    196cm+                        
    XL                         175cm    196cm+                  
    XXL                            175cm    196cm+            
    XXXL                                  175cm    196cm+      
    XXXXL                                        175cm    196cm+

Dimension Details

  • Size Chest Waist Hip
    XS 33" - 35" 27" - 29" 34" - 36"
    S 35" - 37" 29" - 31" 36" - 38"
    M 37" - 39.5" 31" - 33.5" 38" - 40.5"
    L 39.5" - 42.5" 33.5" - 36" 40.5" - 43"
    XL 42.5" - 45" 36" - 38.5" 43" - 45.5"
    XXL 45" - 48" 38.5" - 42" 45.5" - 48"
    XXXL 48" - 51" 42" - 45.5" 48" - 50.5"
    XXXXL 51" - 54" 45.5" - 49" 50.5" - 53"
  • Size Chest Waist Hip
    XS 84cm - 89cm 69cm - 74cm 86cm - 91cm
    S 89cm - 94cm 74cm - 79cm 91cm - 97cm
    M 94cm - 100cm 79cm - 85cm 97cm - 103cm
    L 100cm - 108cm 85cm - 91cm 103cm - 109cm
    XL 108cm - 114cm 91cm - 98cm 109cm - 116cm
    XXL 114cm - 122cm 98cm - 107cm 116cm - 122cm
    XXXL 122cm - 130cm 107cm - 116cm 122cm - 128cm
    XXXXL 130cm - 137cm 116cm - 124cm 128cm - 135cm
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    United States United States
    Pretty great!

    Just what I needed! Feel great and fit perfectly!

    • Product fit True to size
    • Size purchased Small
    United States United States
    Will never buy another brand

    Let me just start but saying - if you’re looking for the “one” when it comes to cycling shorts, this is it. Just the right amount of padding and a perfect fit - and - the most durable cycling short I’ve ever seen. I took a serious fall one of my first rides wearing these and after sliding on the upper leg and tumbling to a stop, these shorts didn’t show so much as a single frayed strand. Velocio really nailed this one.

    • Size purchased M
    • Product fit True to size
    United States United States
    Great shorts

    Great company! Only complaint is I’m like a 33” waist and I had to get an Xl! But they paid for the return and sent corrected size immediately before I sent back wrong size. Nice to see paper paper shipping containers again as well.

    • Size purchased Xl
    • Product fit Runs small
    United States United States
    Fantastic shorts

    They seemed small, but they stretch and fit great. After a couple of rides I was impressed and bought another pair!

    • Size purchased M
    • Product fit True to size
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    Andy M.
    United States United States
    Pretty nice shorts with one issue

    By and large, these are very nice cycling shorts. The material is high-quality, very light and stretchy and fits like a second skin. The chamois is just perfect-- thin enough to be comfortable and non-intrusive, with just enough padding. It's very similar to my Pearl Izumi Pro shorts, which up 'til now have been my standby. Unfortunately, PI redesigned the short's waistband to drop seriously and embarrassingly low in the back, almost reaching to (how can I politely say this?) the proverbial buttcrack. My only gripe with the Velocio shorts is that the waistband is extremely flimsy-- it's made of very light material, thinner and flimsier than the rest of the shorts. The waistband is perhaps 2" wide, but because it's so thin, the top edge fold forward onto itself as soon as I reach for the handlebars. This is not uncomfortable; in fact, I don't notice it while riding. And the waistband does nothing to actually hold the shorts in place, since they are substantial and stretchy enough to stay perfectly in place anyway. But it's a bit annoying to feel the waistband folded over when I dismount and touch my belly. Maybe I'm just being OCD or something... but if Velocio had used a slightly heavier and stiffer waistband, these shorts would fit perfectly. I am 5'11", 195 lbs, and the XL fits me true to size.

    • Size purchased XL
    • Product fit True to size

    Hi Andy. Thanks so much for your detailed review. Given your height/weight and the issue you are describing, you might actually be a size smaller, a Large. The more compressive material helps hold the shorts in place, and subsequently the chamois, to limit movement and rubbing or chafing. And a more compressive properly sized short will fit correctly in across your body and hold in place, including the waist band. We do offer a 30-day Signature Guarantee where you can try our products risk free and return or exchange for any reason. If you'd like to try a size L, please email us at and we'd be happy to help!