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SQ-Short ONE12 XS

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Item #: 2239
Sitting Position Stretched / Moderate
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Delivery in 1-3 working days
Description at a glance

Hard and thin.

The SQ-Pad 12 is only a maximum of 4 mm thick and initially feels exceptionally firm and high-quality. Comparable to sporty saddles, which are just as slim and tightly padded, the SQ-Pad 12 keeps its shape especially on longer distances.

Unlike many high, soft pads, it is not pushed uncomfortably inwards during the pedalling movement.

For all racers who don't like diapers. 

To Size Chart


  • High Performance fabric in combination with elastic, breathable cuffs and straps
  • Main Fabric: 65 % Nylon, 35 % Elasthan

Washing Advice:

  • Machine wash 30°,  Do not bleach,  Do not tumble dry, Do not iron, Do not dry clean

If the trousers do not fit please contact our customer service. Cycling shorts are a hygiene article and are generally worn without underwear. Please keep in mind that we cannot take back trousers that have been used extensively.

Technical specifications at a glance
Area of use
Material Padding
tight / slim

The perfect pad for any area of use

For racers who are out of diapers

Hard and thin!

The new SQ-Pad 12, has a maximum thickness of 4 mm and initially feels both exceptionally firm and of high quality. Everyone that rides regularly knows that for rides of over 30 min duration, a saddle with thin firm padding is considerably more comfortable than a saddle with thick soft padding. The same is true for a chamois. Most chamois are about 12 mm thick and soft - UNTIL NOW!

A too soft saddle

A too soft saddle usually becomes very uncomfortable after approx. 30 – 45 minutes on the bike.

The sit bones sink in so far, that sensitive soft tissue such as muscle and tendons are aggravated. After approx. 30 – 40 minutes a dull deep pressing pain sets in. The sinking in of the sit bones also causes the perineal area in men and the lower positioned pubic bone arch in women to be subjected to higher pressure. Specifically soft padding will effectively stop the blood flow.

The question now is why we ride taut, slim saddles, but make a soft saddle again with the thick, super-soft padding that we often wear in our cycling shorts. The effect of the soft saddle (in this case: hard saddle + super soft pad) then again leads to the serious impairments of sinking, the restricted blood supply and the increased friction.

With the SQlab Pad Technology we have succeeded in eliminating the effect of a soft saddle. After a long development time we have developed an ergonomically high-quality pad with the characteristics hard, thin and firm.

Sit bones get used to the strain
Muscle and tendon insertions are stimulated by soft cushions

SQlab conclusion

Soft saddles are usually only suitable for short distances of approx. 30 - 45 minutes! The effect of a soft saddle can also be achieved by combining a tight saddle with a soft, thick trouser pad. SQlab advises to avoid this effect and to pay attention to the thickness of the pad as well as to avoid soft saddles. 

One Size !

While width is important for a saddle, a pad for shorts depends on shape. The SQlab pad tends to be wider in the rear area and converges into a very narrow center. The sitting bones thereby seat fully on the maximum shock-absorbing area without creating folds. 

No shortcoming in terms of ergonomics or comfort.

Why haven't tight trouser pads been around for some time?

Because high-quality foams with better damping features have a higher density and thus lose their breathability. By means of a patented process, we have managed to break up the structures of the very dense foam. The result is a high breathability, comparable to conventional upholstery or even better. The perfect cushioning remains fully intact. 

Shear forces

Painful sitting bones initially get used to the strain - this is quite normal. The pain is caused by the periosteum, whereby the pressure is less the problem than the shearing forces caused by the pedalling movement. The slight but constant movement of the pelvis on the saddle causes painful shearing forces on the periosteum.

SQlab solution

The SQlab trouser pads SQ-Pad 10 and SQ-Pad 11 have a thin layer of an orthopedic TPE gel. This gel has been specially developed to absorb the shear forces in the medical field and thus to avoid friction.

Three pads for each kind of use

From the idea to develop an ergonomic trouser upholstery three pieces were created, with the aim to create the best comfort for every sitting position. 

SQ-Pad 10

  • maximum 8 mm thick & firm
  • has a thin layer of orthopaedic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE)
  • the TPE is specially designed to absorb shear forces
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance

SQ-Pad 11

  • maximum 6 mm thick & firm
  • has a thin layer of orthopaedic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE)
  • the TPE is specially designed to absorb shear forces
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance

SQ-Pad 12

  • maximum 4 mm thick & exceptionally firm
  • becomes more and more comfortable with increasing mileage and adapts wonderfully to the shape of the body
  • universally suitable for any sit bone distance