It is like getting a big head start. This is CASTELLI's entry-level women's short but it would be a shame to think of it that way. It could almost be a top-of-the-line short considering the components, fabrics and engineering that have gone into it. The seat pad is the women's-specific version of the KISS Air² pad. The Pro Dry two-layer fabric has 15% polyester on the inside to help actively move moisture to the nylon outer layer. The 19% elastane/spandex provides excellent stretch, which together with the sex-panel construction gives this short fantastic fit. CASTELLI team has concentrated on two critical palces to improve comfort and applied the cross-wrap construction to the waist and leg endings for a softer and stretchier way to achieve a comfortable fit. ON the leg endings, there is added reflective tape around the back for increased visibility. Maybe you should just think of it as a great deal on a top-level short.