Triathlon shorts are just like fitted bike shorts except the pads are generally much lighter, smaller and made of fabrics that do not retain water. The cut of the short is designed for being in a much more "up-right position than the typical bicycle short. The legs are usually finished with a lycra band, or simple hem rather than with elastic leg gripper. Waistbands are also a lycra band or simple hem rather than a traditional turned elastic waist band. Shorts come in many different leg lengths, colors and styles.