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De Marchi C+ Bib Shorts - Women's

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Description

Similar to the men's version, De Marchi's Contour Plus Women's Bib Shorts continue to win riders over with their dependable structure and long-distance comfort. In fact, these bib shorts are De Marchi's most popular due to a smart design that works to support the body for hours on end. The new shorts have been redefined with even more support features for 2013, made possible through new fabrics and revamped chamois technology. And, like all De Marchi products, the Contour Plus bib shorts are handmade in Italy using Italian materials.

The C+ bib shorts were constructed using six panels of the Pro-grade, Extra Stretch Lycra fabric. This dense material incorporates a high elastane content in order to deliver a firm compressive fit around key muscle zones. Gel prints were added to these panels as to reinforce the fabric, serving to further 'anchor' the material from shifting as you ride. The quads and glutes were targeted with a generous amount of compressive support, while the areas around the inner thighs, saddle area, and cuffs have more of a gentle hold. What this gradual hold means is that you'll be comfortable during the beginning, middle, and end of a four-hour ride, as compressive fabrics shield your muscles from oscillation and road vibration. Unlike many materials with dense and compressive characteristics, De Marchi's Pro-grade Extra Stretch Lycra is very breathable and wicks moisture incredibly well. This means that besides staying supported in the saddle, you'll also remain cool and dry.

De Marchi's Pro-grade Extra Stretch Lycra composes the bibs' front straps, before blending into a carbon fiber mesh makeup for the shoulder tops and back panel. This Mesh insert provides you with the ultimate in ventilation and comfort by targeting the backside of your upper torso.

De Marchi placed an equal focus on implementing technical fabrics into the C+ as it did refining the bib shorts' women-specific fit. The goal of the new C+ was to create a pair of bib shorts with the perfect combination of freedom of movement, stability, and breathability. This contoured fit was made possible using the company's Body Framing Technology as a means to stabilize the shorts while in the cycling position. This is accomplished using pre-shaped fabric panels that closely follow the female body while in motion. When sewn together, these panels form somewhat of a three dimensional shape on their own, mimicking the body before even reaching your skin. The result is a pair of bib shorts that eliminate all unnecessary material, leading to the best fit possible.

De Marchi paired its restyled C-WRP EIT insert into the C+ bib shorts. Built as a women-specific long distance road chamois, the C-WRP EIT incorporates flexible side wings and a high-density foam central channel to absorb vibration and keep you feeling good. Bacteria-static silver fabric in the chamois inhibits microbial growth. The crowning feature of the EIT WRP chamois is its streamlined construction to reduce compression in sensitive areas.

The De Marchi C+ Bib Shorts - Women's are available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Black, Orange/black, and White/black. Please note: De Marchi relies heavily on European sizing, so please make your selection accordingly.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
no
Leg Gripper:
seamless
Chamois:
yes, EIT C-WRP
Season:
spring, summer, fall
Material:
[body] Pro-Grade ET, [bib straps] carbon fiber mesh
Fit:
form fit
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Bib:
yes

Size chart

Fuji Bicycles

 

Geometry Chart

 

Altamira LTD
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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A great chamois is good start

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

I've used these on one ride so far (2 hours) and want to share the findings. First, I really like the chamois. It has no seams, no ridges, and no gaps. It is thinner than others I have used but is more comfortable. This bib, on sale at CC, is a great deal for the chamois alone!

Also, the inseam is a length I like (not too short, and comfortably wraps the quads.) And the leg grippers are comfortable -- they do their job without being noticed.

I have some gripes, though: there is a large seam that runs right up the center of the shorts. It is not one of those "flat" seams and creates lines on my skin around my belly button. It feels a little uncomfortable, but I end up forgetting about it after a while in the saddle.

Also, the front comes up a little high for my taste... but that is something I may get used it. This is a more flattering and supportive style than a low-cut front.

Overall, I would recommend these bibs.

But I am still looking for a bib that lets me go to the bathroom without stripping down to my sports bra. If anyone has suggestions, let me know.

Thanks for the review! Would you say the sizing is more European or American? I've never worn this brand before and am unsure what size to get.