7mesh IndustriesFoundation Bib Short - Men's
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September 14, 2018
pleasantly surprised by these shorts
- I've used it several times
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 9"
- 190 lbs
I bought them because they were on sale and because they're "liner" bibs. I have a couple of pair of gravel shorts that I'd prefer to wear bibs under on occasion. I also have a pair of pad-less winter tights that I wear bibs with, so I thought I'd get quite a bit of use from these, and in fact I do. In the case of the gravel shorts, I've worn other bibs under them and the thicker fabric of traditional bib shorts can get a bit warm. It seemed to me that a dedicate "liner" bib was just the ticket. The fabric of the 7mesh shorts is lightweight, though not a "mesh" by any means. It's not see through or anything, and in a pinch I suppose you could wear these shorts as a regular pair of bibs with nothing over the top. The one thing detracting from that is the way the pad is sewn in leaves the seam exposed externally which gives it a bit of "diaper" like visibility, but it's not really that bad, especially while on the bike. If, for example, my gravel shorts got soaked for some reason, I'd have no issues with stripping down to just the 7mesh bibs and riding like that until my baggy shorts dried. All that said, I'm pleasantly surprised by these shorts. the suspenders are light and some of the most comfortable I own, and the chamois is a personal favorite. It's not particularly thick, but is made of a denser, springier foam than either the castelli or rapha chamois I'm comparing it with, and the padding is particularly well placed. All in all I'm impressed with the engineering in this short, especially the chamois, and will look to 7mesh in the future for other products.