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De Marchi Leggera Bib Shorts

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There's something about an unassuming pair of bib shorts that's appealing to us. This is especially true when it comes from De Marchi, as the Italian apparel designers are known for getting the look and feel of its technical cycling clothing just right. The Leggera Bib Shorts were designed with this in mind, having been constructed with durable paneling and minimal graphic treatments to be De Marchi's new classic, road-racing bib shorts. This uncluttered composition is modeled after its popular Pro Bib Shorts, providing you with the same dependable structure and long-distance comfort. And just like all things De Marchi, these were handmade in Italy using 100% Italian materials.

The Leggera bib shorts were constructed using six panels of the Genuine Sports Lycra fabric. This dense material incorporates a high elastane content in order to deliver a firm compressive fit around key muscle zones. 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, consistent hold means is that you'll be comfortable during the beginning, middle, and end of a four hour ride. Why? Well, because compressive fabrics shield your muscles from oscillation and road vibration. Unlike many materials with dense and compressive characteristics, De Marchi's Genuine Sports Lycra is very breathable and wicks moisture incredibly well. This means that, besides staying supported in the saddle, you also remain cool and dry. De Marchi's Genuine Sports Lycra composes the bibs' front straps, before blending into an elastic 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 focused equally on implementing technical fabrics into the Leggera as it did refining the bib shorts' fit. The goal of the Leggara was to create a pair of bib shorts with maximum freedom of movement and stability paired with the most breathable, lightweight materials available. The contoured fit was accomplished using pre-shaped fabric panels that closely follow the 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 Gara Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) insert into the Leggera bib shorts. Known as its lightest chamois, the Gara EIT incorporates super high density, ventilated cushioning elements in correspondence with the ischial bones. Additionally, two front channels of open cell foam were placed in the perineal region, which is more compressed to accommodate your body while in the cycling position. The specific 'half-moon' seamless shaping perfectly contours to the shorts' paneling in order to eliminate bunching, and to create a middle channel where the body stays suspended for effective pressure relief and improved blood flow.

The De Marchi Leggera Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the Black Competitive Cyclist colorway. Please note: De Marchi relies heavily on European sizing, so please make your selection accordingly.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
Leg Gripper:
pre-shaped seamless
yes, EIT Gara
[panels] Genuine Sports Lycra
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Chamois Thickness:

Size chart

De Marchi

Sizing Chart

De Marchi Men's Apparel
Jerseys / Jackets
33.0 - 35.0in
(83.8 - 88.9cm)
(88.9 - 94.0cm)
(94.0 - 99.1cm)
(99.1 - 104.1cm)
(104.1 - 109.2cm)
(109.2 - 114.3cm)
(114.3 - 119.4cm)
Shorts / Tights / Knickers
(Height ft)
5.0-5.2 5.2-5.5 5.5-5.8 5.8-6.16.1-6.36.3-6.56.5-6.6
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.

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Do You Like Rubber Pants?

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

If you like rubber pants you will love these! They feel like a wetsuit. GROSS! The material is stretchy but that's about it. It's not compressive, doesn't wick, has an itchy tag in the middle of the back and FEEL LIKE RUBBER PANTS. While these are not terrible, they are close to terrible. 1.5 stars at full price, 2 stars on sale.

Avg. ride time: 7h 2m per week
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Solid bib

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

These were purchased at 50% off. The overall fit is fairly comfortable, and the pad although I thought was too thin at first, is adequate, and fairly comfortable. I really like the power band at the leg bottom. Fit is not quite the italian / euro that I was expecting. These run a little larger than Castelli or other italian brands. Maybe not a big as a North American brand sizing.

They aren't my favorite short by far, but a decent value for no-nonsense shorts.


Italian Quality!!!

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

I was looking for a new set of bibs and I found this De Marchi at 50% off, and I took it. The fitting is great, greats looks and good comfort all around. It is a most have at this price. I really love it!!!