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2016 Bib Short Guide

We've selected a few of our favorite bib shorts to help you find a pair that perfectly suits your needs.

Men's
Women's
PREMIUM
Only the best
ROULEUR
Long ride comfort
SPORTIF
Training & commuting

Premium

Cutting-Edge Materials and Progressive Construction

Giordana NX-G

Giordana's forward-thinking NX-G bib shorts employs plenty of technical features, but it's the circulation-boosting graduated compression that represents a true leap forward in bib design. The proprietary knit employed in the NX-G, which allows for graduated compression from a single panel of fabric, is enough to make these one of the year's standouts, and that's before considering the ergonomic Cirro S chamois or Giordana's excellent race fit.

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Assos T.campionissimo_S7

Assos is rightly known for producing bib shorts that blend luxury and function in a fashion befitting a hand-built sports car, and the T.campionissimo_S7 is the best that Assos has to offer. From the proprietary Type.444 ergoKompressor fabric, which lends a firmly compressive hold to the signature "click" fit designed for the cycling position to the feature-laden chamois with its friction-reducing goldenGate construction, these are widely considered the world's finest bib shorts.

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Rouleur

Technical, Refined, and Ready for Every Occasion

De Marchi Perfecto Lux

When the mercury rises and there's ground to cover, the De Marchi Perfecto Lux bibs come into their own. The UPF50+ rating blocks the sun's damaging UV rays, enhancing the comfort provided by the airy material and minimalist straps. However, it's the subtle details like the careful placement of directionally oriented compressive panels and the exclusive CRM Evo chamois that help the Perfectos shine on long summer rides.

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Capo GS SL

Spending a comfortable day in the saddle demands an exceptional pair of bib shorts, and the Gapo GS SL undoubtedly fits the bill. The HG Lycra material conspires with thoughtfully designed panels to envelop your legs in a compressive embrace, while the sleek mesh bib straps and EIT Anatomic CS chamois help these bibs disappear when you're in the saddle. And with the reflective Speed Luminescence cuffs, you'll stay visible to vehicles even when your rides run well into the evening.

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Sportif

Exceptional Design that Provides More for Your Money

Louis Garneau CB Lazer

When summer's unrelenting heat takes hold, you'll be glad to have Garneau's CB Lazer bib shorts in your arsenal. The highly breathable material provides an airy feel, which is further enhanced by the application of a Coldblack treatment that both blocks harmful UV rays and dissipates heat on the sunniest days. The 4motion chamois provides ample padding and generous stretch, giving the CB Lazers a barely there feel that's easily appreciated on sweltering days.

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Castelli Nano Light Pro

For cooler days and unpredictable conditions, we'd gladly pit Castelli's Nano Light Pro bib shorts against options that cost more than twice as much. Based on the unbelievably versatile Nano Flex short, the Nano Lights employ a lighter single-ply fabric with a tight weave that's simultaneously breathable and weather-protective. We're also enamored with the KISS Air chamois, which moves seamlessly with the body when in the saddle. To complete the kit, these pair perfectly with with Castelli's Perfetto jersey.

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PREMIUM
Only the best
ROULEUR
Long ride comfort
SPORTIF
Training & commuting

Premium

Cutting-Edge Materials and Progressive Construction

Assos T.laalalaiShorts_S7

Assos is well known for building the world's finest bib shorts, and the Swiss masterminds have finally graced its women's line with a short worthy of the top-tier _S7 designation. The signature fit "clicks" into place on the bike, while the light compressive hold provided by the type.439 fabric enhances circulation and comfort. And with the phenomenal _S7 Lady chamois and pit-stop-facilitating magnetic Y bib, these are simply the finest bibs available today.

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Castelli Mondiale

Castelli has earned a following among the apparel-obsessed, so it's no wonder that the top-of-the-line Mondiale bib shorts leave no detail overlooked. The compressive Cinquanta fabric wraps the legs in a circulation-enhancing compressive hold, which works in concert with the phenomenally executed 8-panel design to all but eliminate any chance of chafing. Factor in the blissful Progetto X2 Air Donna chamois, and you can see why we reach for the Mondiales with such predictable regularity.

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Rouleur

Technical, Refined, and Ready for Every Occasion

Giordana Lungo

We love the Forma Red Carbon apparel, but there are times when the race-focused fit can be simply too aggressive. Apparently Giordana agreed, because the new Lungo bib short packs the full Forma Red Carbon feature list into a more relaxed fit that's perfect for club rides. A lightly compressive hold and new Cirro SW chamois help to make the Lungo a truly world-class bib short with a focus that extends outside the confines of the service course.

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Louis Garneau Course Race 2

When Louis Garneau set out to develop the Course Race 2 shorts, the name of the game was comfort, plain and simple. The single-piece construction yields a bare minimum of seams, effectively eliminating the chances of chafing. The CB Laser Rev material provides a light compressive hold, while the Coldblack treatment keeps them cool under the sweltering sun. Finally, the promise of comfort is ensured by an ergonomic 5 Motion chamois with low-profile bevel-edge molding that feels fantastic as the miles add up.

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Sportif

Exceptional Design that Provides More for Your Money

De Marchi Veloce

We're known fans of De Marchi's detail-driven approach, but we're somewhat stumped as to how the fanatical Italians managed to pack such an impressive feature list into the modestly priced Veloce bib shorts. Featuring a UV-blocking UPF 50+ rating, a lightly compressive fit, and a sublime N-Dura chamois, we're equally happy to wear these during summer race season, or on longer training rides, where they remain cool, comfortable, and barely noticeable.

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Pearl Izumo P.R.O. Escape

We regularly reach for Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. Pursuit bib short for training and leisurely rides, but we've happily pressed them into race duty as well. From the sleek fit, to the quick-drying In-R-Cool leg panels and sun-blocking Coldblack technology, the feature list compares nicely with several offerings costing significantly more. And then there's the phenomenal P.R.O. 3 chamois, which nearly disappears as you start to tick off the miles.

Shop Pearl Izumo P.R.O. Escape
PREMIUM
Only the best
ROULEUR
Long ride comfort
SPORTIF
Training & commuting
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