CRAFT MEN'S SHORTS/BIBS - ROAD
The easiest way to describe the Craft Men's Elite Body Control Bib Shorts is the following: this is better than what they give their pro riders. The best fabrics, the most ergonomic cut, their top of the line chamois, all in one place. With one big addition. All the leg panels have been treated with Coldblack.
Coldblack is a permanent finish that is applied to textiles to keep them cooler when under direct sunlight by reflecting the sun's infrared rays rather than absorbing them. The difference means that these black shorts will require as little cooling as beige shorts, and you don't suffer the ignominy of wearing beige cycling shorts.
The treatment is the cherry on top of a feature-packed set of bibs. The bottoms are built with lots of panels and joined by flatlock stitching to perfectly wrap the body and support the muscles as your legs power the pedals. Two fabrics are used. C391 is a compressive spandex that mixes Xtra Life Elastane with polyamide to squeeze the legs for reduced vibration and longer pedaling strength. The second fabric is C509, a warp-knitted spandex that is not only compressive, but also, thanks to the visible honeycomb weave, more aerodynamic than standard-issue stretch fabrics.
The leg openings have a band of C509 that features a silicone print on the inside rather than a conventional gripper for greater comfort while still keeping the legs cemented in place.
The chamois is Craft's Elite, a gender-specific multi-density stretch pad that utilizes four different technologies. There's high-density foam with exploded air bubbles in the middle of the sandwich for extra support, three different spots where gel in injected, three different sizes (yes, size-specific pads), and it's all melted together to form a single molded object before it is sewn into the shorts. You'll only notice that you don't notice.
The Craft Men's Elite Body Control Bib Shorts come in Black, with different color accents. The inseam is 24.5cm long. Sizes run from XSmall to XXLarge.