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7mesh Industries has impressed us yet again with its MK2 Men's Bib Short, an update to last year's venerable MK1 short. Sure, it's a marvel to look at, all clean lines, minimal accents, and invisible seaming, but 7mesh always backs its kit up with luxurious functionality on the bike, and the MK2 is no different. The short aims to be your long-day companion; replete with 7mesh's Clean Finish Construction, the MK2 fits the body like a second skin, mimicking your muscle movements in the saddle with fabric that won't chafe, stretch, or rub over time. We wouldn't blame you for wondering how you ever wore anything else after pedaling all day in the all-new MK2.
This year, 7mesh made some subtle, but important, changes to mark the transition from MK1 to MK2; a longer inseam, higher back panel, and a slightly altered fit all make the MK2 better at long-term comfort. Lengthening the inseam provides more coverage to your hardworking quads and hamstrings during a long ride, without veering too closely into knicker territory. Increased coverage on the lower back allows the MK2 to stabilize the often-neglected muscles of the lower back with the same nylon/elastane blend that covers the legs, helping you avoid fatigue on days that leave you stretched out in the saddle for hours. Furthering separating the MK2 from purely race-focused kit, 7mesh also dialed back the fit of the MK2 in thighs, tailoring it more along the waist. You'll have security where you need it, without your legs feeling restricted over time.
Aside from these changes, 7mesh chose similar materials and construction details to the MK1. Miti Alpha, a nylon and elastane blend, makes up the main body with its smooth exterior and internal grid surface aiding in muscle stability and rapid moisture transfer. Rather than using standard panels with stitched seaming, 7mesh was able to use darting and fabric patterning to tailor the short, allowing for fewer interruptions in the fabric, thus improving the short's ability to provide compression to your muscles. A plush Elastic Interface Performance chamois stands between your sensitive areas and the saddle, with 7mesh adopting the "hammock" construction becoming increasingly popular amongst high-end kit. Allowing the chamois to move independently of the rest of the short significantly reduces the likelihood of chafing and discomfort, a benefit only furthered by 7mesh's use of its Clean Finish stitching process, which covers or eliminates traditional seaming wherever possible for a smooth, supple feel.
- Enjoy luxurious comfort on your longest days in the saddle
- Form-fitting silhouette tailored to a riding position
- Supportive fabric blend stabilizes muscles while wicking
- Covered or eliminated seaming for a smooth feel against skin
- Plush chamois moves independently to reduce discomfort
- Reflective accents help you stay seen on the roads
- Supple leg grippers gently hold short in place