The original elastic pad technology for cycling shorts, developed after extensive R&D, for the most comfortable cycling shorts ever.
We have come to learn that some teams are in the bad habit of washing their cycling apparel at higher temperatures (e.g. 80°) than what is recommended in the attempt of achieving better hygiene. This is not only false but also drastically alters and compromises the lifetime of the apparel.The Elastic Interface® test lab brought this problem to the expert, Prof. Antonio Paoli from the University of Padua:
“A recent study demonstrates that household washing detergents have full virucidal efficacy at 30 degrees C (Heinzel et al Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2010 Sep;213(5):334-7). I highly recommend washing cycling shorts at 30° C. We have found that this is more than enough to ensure the non proliferation of bacteria. Moreover, if you use gentle bleach-free detergents, you could kill bacteria also at lower temperatures, as demonstrated in an old study conducted on babies’ urine-wet and faecal-contaminated nappies (see Gaya et al J Hyg (Lond). 1979 Jun;82(3):463-71).
Besides, Elastic Interface® fabrics have bacteriostatic properties that help maintain the physiological bacterial colonies resident on the skin, which are extremely important for the normal skin function (Wollina et al Curr Probl Dermatol. 2006;33:1-16).
In conclusion, high temperature washing does not add benefit to the cyclist’s health and would damage fabrics and foams.”
Antonio Paoli M.D., B.Sc.
The Physiological Laboratory
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Padua
Elastic Interface® cycling pads are made of high-quality, certified materials. The construction of our chamois makes these materials inseparable, so please dispose your cycling pad as a non-recyclable waste according to your country’s waste disposal regulations.