Even with all of the choices out there for women's bib shorts, one ride in the Assos T FI.13 Lady_S5 Women's Bib Shorts will make you a devotee. After all, we always say that Assos' biggest competition is Assos, and with a 25% lighter construction, 35% more breathability, and 18% more compression than Assos' other women's bib shorts, the T FI.13 Lady_S5 are undeniably top-shelf.
Assos' wisdom led to the seemingly-funky, backwards-looking bib design. However, it isn't backwards, it's future-forward. In fact, it's the Assos Buckle Closure Mechanism (ABC-M). To provide the perfect fit for a wide range of women, the adjustable buckle can slide into any one of three loops stitched into the front of the short. This allows you to customize the fit of the short as a whole. And, unlike regular bib-less shorts, the shorts are held in place primarily by the tension of the bib strap. This means that you won't have an elasticized waistband putting pressure on your tummy as you ride -- this is the exact reason why the pros who race the Tour all choose bib shorts, not regular shorts. Comfort is paramount.
The general design of T FI.13 Lady_S5 is an easy visual cue to indicate that Assos has totally re-engineered its shorts. Just about everything on these shorts are different. It's easy to notice the different-colored exterior grippers, one Silver and one Black, and the external tags in back -- both details are driven by comfort. But, what about the Green'ish, Clinique-colored panel in the middle of the bibs? While a striking color, it's actually a carbon fiber mesh material that's lighter, more breathable, and substantially less prone to odor retention than Lycra.
The stretchy material in the rest of the shorts is also different than earlier Assos offerings. T FI.13 uses A430 on the outside panels and A431 panels on the inside of the legs. The A430 fabric has greater venting than other varieties, and A431 is Assos-speak for compression materials. Furthering the squeeze is the flat-panel stitching that results in less stretch. On the negative, it takes a bit more work to get these on. But that's the only negative. Once they're on, the shorts stay in place, squeezing the muscles gently while providing a perfect and adaptable fit through any riding position.
T FI.13's most noticeable change is actually the chamois. The Clinique color is used here again to call attention to the change. The smooth, Clinique-colored top-layer is light, breathable, and transfers moisture to the outside of the garment. Under the cover, and stitched to the outside of the shorts, is the actual padding. While the two separate pads are right next to each other, they're not stitched to each other as to allow them to operate independently. The result is less heat and moisture buildup, less sliding on the saddle, and even greater comfort.
One note to keep in mind: Assos designs all of its clothing with the Assos Ergonomic Pattern Design philosophy. When you put these bib shorts on, they'll pull and bunch when you're standing straight up looking in the mirror. But, they're not designed to be comfortable when you're standing in your bedroom -- rather, they're designed to 'click' into place when you're on your bike. You'll experience the beauty of the Assos fit when it matters -- in the saddle.
The Assos T FI.13 Lady_S5 Women's Bib Shorts come in a thermo-foam box with a small jar of Assos' highly-regarded Chamois Cream, a small bottle of Active Wear Cleanser, and a wash bag. The bib shorts are available in the colors Black and White and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large.
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
Measure over waistband of pants. If between sizes, order the larger size.
Terms And Conditions
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Competitive Cyclist and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Competitive Cyclist and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Competitive Cyclist all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Competitive Cyclist an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Competitive Cyclist shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Competitive Cyclist, and Competitive Cyclist does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Competitive Cyclist endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Competitive Cyclist have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Competitive Cyclist be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Competitive Cyclist determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Competitive Cyclist may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Competitive Cyclist may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Competitive Cyclist shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Competitive Cyclist or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Competitive Cyclist, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Competitive Cyclist by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Competitive Cyclist reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Competitive Cyclist suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Competitive Cyclist may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.