ASSOS MEN'S TIGHTS/KNICKERS
Assos' LL.bonka s5 Bib Tights are similar to its LL.bonka s5 Tights, with anatomic shaping of the Roubaix and Roubaix Q fabric panels, but they increase the cold-weather comfort by adding Stratagone wind/waterproof material to exposed frontal portions of your legs. The total garment weight is hardly more than the LL.607 version, but the performance effect in winter's worst conditions is well worth the difference.
Assos gives the S5 Bib Tights the FI.Mille_S5 Chamois. It's curved to perfectly fit your body, and it has a built-in channel in the pad to reduce genital pressure. In addition, it has the same softness and heat-ventilation dimples of the FI.13 chamois. Assos gives it the 'Long Distance' designation as it has more surface area than the FI.13, it stretches less than the FI.13, and it has a stabilizer built into the chamois, causing it to move less during your pedal stroke. One aspect of the FI. Mille chamois that we like is that the front portion is cut high enough to prevent "podium bulge" for those moments you'll be spending off the bike in the cafe or general store.
You'll find the LL.bonka s5 Bib Tights use windproof material down the front of the thigh and over the knee. Another panel is strategically located at the top of the crotch to shield you from icy cold winds. Aside from the four-way stretch wind/waterproof fabric, they use a combination of super soft Roubaix and Roubaix Q fabric. Roubaix is a thicker-than-average Lycra with a wonderful microfleece interior. It provides the kind of warm fuzzy feel that can be the difference between soldiering on or turning back for home when the weather is cold and bleak.
The panels that line the seat area and inner leg are Roubaix fabric. The outer portion of the legs and the back of the knee use Roubaix Q, a fabric that starts life as Roubaix. Then a waffle pattern is cut into the microfleece interior of the fabric. The reduction in material doesn't decrease the warmth; however, it does decrease the weight and bulk in comparison to standard Roubaix. This is especially important at the knee. The lighter Roubaix Q material won't bunch and chafe at the back of the knee when you pedal.
The Assos LL.bonka s5 Bib Tights are Black and come in six sizes from Small to TIR. The bib uppers have a large mesh insert in the back for maximum ventilation and stretch. As is often the case with Assos, a few small details make the difference; they have foot stirrups to hold the legs in place throughout your ride, and an 18cm zipper is used in the front to facilitate natural breaks. The long zipper is integral into the narrow design of the front portion of the bibs. The reason -- to eliminate any potential for nipple rub on those cold, windy days that eventually lead to chafing. In addition, the narrower origin for the bib straps allows for a more even distribution of pressure over the shoulders, especially when wearing a few layers.