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Gear Review

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Top-tier Bibs

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I wore these bib shorts, along with the Trade FormaRed Carbon jersey for the first time today on a 40 mile ride with about 4000 feet of climbing in full summer heat. The Black/titanium may not have been the best color choice for a hot day, but I'm still very pleased. I'm 5'11" 195, with a 42" chest and a 36" waist. The XL jersey and bibs fit me very well. There is enough length in both that a person several inches taller could easily wear them. The legs, chamois, stomach, and bib straps all stayed in place very well, requiring minimal adjustment during the ride. I felt like I spent less time searching for a comfortable position on my saddle that i have experienced with some lesser bibs. I did notice that the bib straps are a little less sophisticated on these bibs than on the regular FormaRed Carbon bibs, but I suppose that's the price of the cool graphics. These bibs should be paired with the Trade FormaRed Carbon jersey for a stylish, great-riding kit.