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Gear Review

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Great knickers after sorting out the right size

Are these bib knickers what I'm looking for?
Great knickers for riding in cool or cold weather. The whole garment is made from a brushed, fleecy material that stays warm and dry during and after exertion. The knees are also covered with a wind and water resistant material. Seems effective. Below the knee they have wide cuffs (no gel-like grippers) that do all right holding things in place, with some minor bunching at the joint. The cuff makes this knicker a little longer than, say, the Gore 3/4 knickers. But I prefer that for the cold weather. Obviously, they won't feel like your second-skin summer suit when you're out of the saddle or pinning it on a long climb. But summer is over for the year.

How's the insert?
This is a good insert, better than many I've tried at this price range. It's not Garneau's top of the line pad. But it's shaped well, tapered at the edges, perforated for helping evaporation and, most importantly, sports a multi-density padding that really does work on longer rides (which some others claim about their inserts but in practice isn't true). It's substantial and comfortable and keeps protecting pressure points after the miles start ticking off.

Is the sizing chart right?
Believe it or not, yes! Now I can say I own well-fitting cycling garments in sizes small, medium, and large. Euro sizes are well known to run small for physiques of the Americas. But I can't tell you why Garneau would take it down not one but two notches from there (Are we North Americans getting that chunky?). I'm just over 5'9" and weigh just under 160lbs - pretty average/medium. For brands like Castelli and Giordana, I wear a large for both jerseys and bibs. However, the bibs I own from Gore and Pearl Izumi fit right with a medium. But when I flipped my nose at the Garneau sizing chart and got the mediums for these knickers, I paid the price and found myself with something baggy in the crotch, long in the legs and loose in the straps. I have a 32" waist. The Garneau sizing chart tells me to get the smalls. I finally did and they fit great.