DE MARCHI MEN'S SHORTS/BIBS - ROAD
"Winter," and "shorts" aren't exactly two words that find themselves together very often in the cyclist's vernacular, but De Marchi has found a way to create an extremely versatile multi-season tight by simply removing the legs. When paired with your favorite leg or knee warmers, the Contour Plus Winter Bib Shorts are ideal for those "grey area" skies and temperatures when you'll warm up beyond the cooling capabilities of a full tight, yet still need the added upper thigh wind protection and warmth reinforcement of this Winter Bib Short. Versatility is the name of the game here, and with the right fabrics, De Marchi realized this short was ideal for all but the warmest summer months.
The shorts are made from Thermolite Roubaix, which is the next evolution in the vein of the superlative Italian fabric, Super Roubaix -- only this time, Thermolite Roubaix remains exclusive to De Marchi. The benefits of this fabric in the Contour Bib Tights are clear; the core of this toasty fleece-backed fabric is made from hollow Thermolite fibers which reduce the fabric's overall weight while enhancing its thermal capacity. The face sides of the fabric are then treated with a protective Teflon application which helps better shield you from wet spray or mud stains should you get caught in a surprise spring shower.
The Contour Plus Winter Bib Shorts are built for serious winter miles. As such, they boast the subtly revised C12 Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) pad. The streamlined, unobtrusive profile of the chamois consists of two half-moon sections sonically welded together for a flat, almost undetectable seam. The multi-density foam pad is perforated for optimum ventilation and is topped by a wicking, bacteriostatic waffled micro fiber fabric. Just like a good base layer, the chamois wicks moisture away from your skin and transfers it towards the shorts' exterior where it can evaporate so you won't find your seat area soaked in cold sweat for the duration of your ride.
True to the shorts' name, De Marchi cuts the panels for a naturally contoured fit that allows you to move and warm up effortlessly -- especially clutch on those days that require a big effort just to get started. You'll benefit from less effort in another small, but important way. De Marchi has also included a short zipper in the front of the bib uppers to facilitate getting them on and off and for the all-important nature break at the roadside. The Contour Bib Shorts are available in sizes Small through XXX-Large, and in the color Black.