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Tsali Merino Cycling Short

The Tsali Merino Cycling Short is a no compromise merino cycling short that can be used either as a liner or as a stand alone piece for road, gravel, or trail riding. For this most crucial piece of kit, we made no compromises. We used high-performance fabrics, a top of the line multi-density chamois made in Italy, and meticulous construction to create a premium short, optimized to enjoy long days in the saddle with the benefits of Merino wool. 

Made To Order, Less Waste™ simply means minimizing waste — by making only what is needed — and maximizing our flexibility to offer customers more choices, more colors, sizes and fits.

More choices, premium quality gear and the commitment of less waste, sounds pretty great, right? The trade-off is that it takes longer for us to make, but you get exactly what you want, and we never make apparel that isn’t wanted.

Curious to know more? Give a listen to this podcast.

What do the different purchase options mean?

Add to Cart: Your gear will ship today, or no later than the next business day.

Make Mine: When you buy it, we'll make it! Production times vary by product (and are constantly changing).

Make Mine, Pre-Order: Kitsbow sometimes offers pre-orders for products we know will be in high demand. Pre-orders secure your place at the front of the line.

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  • Constructed from a blend of 53% nylon, 21%  Merino wool, and 26% spandex: ideal for durability, comfort, and support
  • Fitted with an Italian-made, multi-density women’s Cytech EIT (Elastic Interface Technology) insert featuring carbon yarn to expedite dry time and increase the pad's anti-microbial properties
  • The waistband is constructed for both ultimate comfort and a secure stay-in-place fit; seamless front waistband for added comfort, back waistband offers higher coverage and features a gripper waistband to stay in place while in the saddle
  • Seams positioned for ultimate comfort and to work well with outer shorts
  • Silicone gripper bead along the liner’s outer side hem keeps outer short snug
  • Sewn in Old Fort, North Carolina


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Our crew often rides hard and we are here for you when things go awry. If you crash and trash your Kitsbow, get in touch with us.

If it can be repaired, we'll do that for a reasonable charge. If it can't be repaired (if you were really ripping it), we'll figure out a way to get you back on your bike wearing Kitsbow anyway. Just get in touch. The same policy applies to typical wear and tear: we'll repair it for a reasonable charge (if it can be repaired) or get you back into Kitsbow some other way if it cannot be repaired.


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4.8 Based on 15 Reviews
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Katie R.
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Kitsbow's Gift to Bikepackers

I bought these merino shorts specifically for bikepacking. After wearing them on a few trips, I can safely say that they are by far my favorite backcountry short! They were as soft after several days in the backcountry as they were on the first day. They maintained their shape and the fit is dialed. They were comfortable for HABs. They never smelled. I never felt too hot in them. Can't comment yet on how they'll hold up over several seasons, but they appear to be made to last. Thanks for making such a fantastic product!

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Cara B.
United States United States
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The bests riding shorts - my search ends here.

I was skeptical at first mainly because of the price tag. Last year I purchased my first pair. Soon these were my "go to" shorts. This summer I purchased my second pair. i find Kitsbow runs a little small so I always size up (for shirts and chamois, socks are true to size - LOL). Even though they are merino wool they stay incredibly cool, the sweat pulls away from my body. I know live in SoCal so rides get pretty hot. Prior to this I was using these in the North Woods of Wisconsin and they kept me warm. I like that after a sweaty, long ride, I can comfortably stay in these post ride for stop at a local brewery or to grab a bite. Buy these - and you will want a second pair. My other chamois must feel jealous.

John H.
United States United States
They are Super Comfy!!

I am writing this review on behalf of my lovely wife, Shanna. She is a rookie mountain biker but an athlete through and through. She is a competitive runner and, although she is working on her mountain bike skills, crushes the bike. She is strong on the climbs and somewhat fearless on the descents. Here is her review: "these liners are super comfy. They disappeared under me and I didn't even feel like they were there. We went on a 25 mile road ride yesterday and my expensive bibshorts left me a little sore. Today, these liners were such a nice relief. Can I wear these on our next road ride?" There you have it...I couldn't sing the Kitsbow praises better myself. My wife is hooked on The Best cycling apparel in the business. Cheers Kitsbow!

Lauren M.
United States United States
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Such Comfortable shorts

These shorts were great. I did what you’re not supposed to do and wore them for the first time on a 36 mile mountain bike ride. Luckily, they were so great, no spots that rubbed, so comfortable and zero smell. A lot of biking shorts roll down around the waist while riding but these didn’t at all they stayed perfectly in place. These are my new favorite shorts! I am 5’8 135 and the medium fit really well, could have probably worn a small as well though.

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Stephanie S.
United States United States
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Love these!

I am new to mountain biking and these are my first pair of chamois shorts. I love the merino! They don't get stinky and they are very comfortable! Kitsbow's customer service made me a loyalist to this company. They were *so* friendly, helpful, and the shipping was fast! I really love this company and my shorts!