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Item # CRA004O

Support and cooling for hot summer rides.

Craft's Tech Bib Shorts prove that in warm weather, the right fabric can provide optimal support and cooling comfort. In the case of the Tech Bib Shorts, that recipe takes the form of a lightweight, stretchy body and large-hole mesh bibs for an optimal combination of support, breathability, and moisture-wicking efficiency. The fabric is also designed with seven supportive panels, which reduce muscle vibration and increase endurance without pinching or constricting.

The shorts incorporate an Infinite Comfort chamois, which uses anatomically mapped high-density foam to provide lightweight comfort that breathes and wicks moisture. It's also shot through with Craft's bio-ceramic fiber, which improves temperature regulation, while Foam Cutting technology allows the chamois to achieve top-shelf comfort with reduced material, which makes the chamois lighter and cooler.

On the left leg, Craft included small reflective details, and both legs terminate in silicone-printed compression leg bands, which help increase blood flow while simultaneously preventing your shorts from riding up or bunching.

Tech Specs

Material:
[short] 95% polyester, 5% spandex, [bibs] 80% nylon, 20% spandex
Inseam:
9 in
Chamois:
Infinite Comfort
Bib:
yes
Leg Gripper:
silicone
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days

Size chart

Craft

Men's Tops and Bottoms
XS S M LXLXXL3XL
Chest 34.3in
(87.0cm)
36.6in
(93.0cm)
39.0in
(99.0cm)
41.3in
(105.0cm)
43.7in
(111.0cm)
46.9in
(119.0cm)
50.0in
(127.0cm)
Waist 29.5in
(75.0cm)
31.9in
(81.0cm)
34.3in
(87.0cm)
36.6in
(93.0cm)
39.0in
(99.0cm)
42.1in
(107.0cm)
45.3in
(115.0cm)
Hips 35.0in
(89.0cm)
37.4in
(95.0cm)
39.8in
(101.0cm)
42.1in
(107.0cm)
44.5in
(113.0cm)
47.6in
(121.0cm)
50.8in
(129.0cm)
Sleeve30.7in
(78.0cm)
31.5in
(80.0cm)
32.3in
(82.0cm)
33.1in
(84.0cm)
33.9in
(86.0cm)
34.6in
(88.0cm)
35.4in
(90.0cm)
Inseam32.3in
(82.0cm)
33.1in
(84.0cm)
33.9in
(86.0cm)
34.6in
(88.0cm)
35.4in
(90.0cm)
32.3in
(82.0cm)
37.0in
(94.0cm)
Height67.7in
(172.0cm)
69.3in
(176.0cm)
70.9in
(180.0cm)
72.4in
(184.0cm)
74.0in
(188.0cm)
71.7in
(182.0cm)
77.2in
(196.0cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Sleeve:
Measure from your neck to your wrist with arms held out.

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Avg. ride time: 3h 54m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Compare to Castelli / Pearl

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Coming from 100% Castelli Free Aero bibs. Castelli changed that bib for 2016 and in a bad way so started looking for something else. Here is my take after 3 rides.
1) Fit - I am 5'11" with 33 waist, and a short inseam. My usual issue is that the straps are too tight due to long torso. These were more accomodating in that regard; no real problem there. The fit around the legs is not as tight as castelli... I actually would not consider this a euro fit, if castelli is the benchmark for euro fit. (its not like these are super loose club fit though either)
2) Chamois is pretty good. I like that the center has a larger relief than I am used to - I dont have any bunching up of the chamois
3) Material feel is a little strange, but ok. when i ride I can feel the material rubbing/squeaking a little on my saddle. Its like the material chatters when sliding instead of just sliding. Not a big deal, just different
4) Agree with the other review about drying the chamois - for whatever reason, these take forever to dry. I had a wet ass on a ride where I threw them in my bag after leaving out to dry overnight. Never had that issue before
5) Leg length is a little longer than average. maybe 1/2" longer than the castellis of old (and 1" longer than the new castellis which i am not thrilled about)

So far is very good.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I had to exchange due to size. No problem, Competitive Cyclist did a great job. I usually wear Large but had to go to XL. Shorts have the skinny Euro fit especially in the leg.
The short material has a second skin feel. I am looking forward to the summer heat. The lycra does not stretch much so sizing is pretty specific. The leg gripper is very unique and does not bind with the muscle if sized correctly.
The chamois does not have a center seem so there is no irritation. However, the chamois is flat so you have to be careful when sitting back in the seat that you don't fold the chamois. I have same experience with Castelli. The chamois is thin at the front and thick at the back. It feels weird off the bike but is very natural on the bike. I did a 70 mile ride recently and no sores.
I am a Craft fan after buying two winter jackets. They are the two of the best clothing items that I own. Hopefully there summer wear turns out as well.

Avg. ride time: 4h 47m per week
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Not for long torso

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

6' tall, 31" inseam, 195lbs muscular build. Size large straps are not long enough. The legs were little too tight for me.

Not 100% Perfect but Still Great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XXL

These are my first Craft bibs and I must say I'm impressed. The fabric is nice and soft, stretchy but not loose, slightly compressive but not too tight either. The leg grippers are nice, not too tight or stiff, which can be a problem where they're sewn to the body of the shorts sometimes, and they have just enough grip to not move while riding, but they're still easy to put on. The grippers are also pretty low profile and have a hidden seam, similar to the glued seam on the side panels, so it's quite aero. I see no indication of the grippers starting to curl at the ends, but we'll see how they hold up. All the stitching is top notch and not stiff, and I see no real weak points like on some other shorts and bibs.

Sizing is just right based on the size chart, at least at the upper end. I'm 6'-3" 270 lbs and XXL fits perfectly. Castelli and Giordana run smaller than these (I need 3XL for those) and Hincapie runs larger (I can wear XL for most of their stuff, except the race skinsuits and such). There's a little bit of bunching of the lycra in the back of the legs when standing upright, but it smooths out when in riding position, as it should be. The bib straps are also stretchy enough that if you're taller or shorter they'll still fit snugly.

The bib straps are kind of an odd beast though. They're a bit rough actually, and I hope they soften up after a few more washes. They actually feel kind of like lace ribbons that you might use to tie up a gift box, except that they're stretchy. I do notice them rubbing a bit when I first put the bibs on. That said, as like the rest of the shorts they fit like a glove, everything just falls into place as it should, so there's no real pressure points or other problem areas that I've noticed.

The chamois is the interesting part. I've been looking for shorts with more padding for longer rides. The thin race chamois in many high end shorts just aren't comfortable for more than an hour or two, for me anyway. This chamois is quite thick, but it's also dense so it does the job very well without bunching up. It does have kind of a diaper feel when you're standing up and walking around, partly because the chamois tends to fold in on itself a bit when you're standing up, so this isn't the short for people who complain about that sort of thing, but on the bike it's just right.

Another note about the chamois. Because it's rather thick and dense, it takes a long time to dry out after washing. Normally I machine wash all my gear and hang it to dry. This ensures a good wash, and the spin cycle gets most of the water out, so an evening wash will have dry shorts by the next morning. Not so with these, I was still able to squeeze out water into a towel after hanging inside out for 18 hours. So for quick drying you need to make sure to get some air movement and turn the bibs inside out/rightside out about half way through because of how it folds over itself and traps moisture inside.

I'd give these bibs 4 1/2 stars if I could, subtracting a little bit for the rough straps and difficult to dry chamois. We'll see how they hold up over time, but I bet these are going to last quite a while.

*EDIT* I'm bumping this up to 5 stars since the straps have softened up after a few washings, so that pushes it over 4 1/2 stars.

Nice comprehensive review James. Very useful

Question: are they cut low enough for a nature break, or?

Excellent Hot Weather Bibs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My experience with Craft Tech bibs is excellent. The pad is a bit thicker and denser than the excellent Giordana Cirro OF pad allowing more comfort over longer rides and rougher pavement. The pad is the same size overall as the Giordana pad so it does not bunch up and chafe as is the case with larger pads such as Assos. The main short fabric breathes well but is not see through, and is moderately compressive. The tops of the shorts breathe well and are very supportive.