The best just got warmer.
Autumn riding is fraught with peril. We don't mean sudden storms, buffeting winds, and less daylight. Rather, we're talking about the dangers of over- or under-dressing for a bike ride. Assos helps to address this problem with its new thermally insulated T.tiburu_s7 Bib Shorts, which you can wear alone on days in the 50s or pair with leg warmers on days that are cold enough to warrant full coverage.
The shorts' main fabric is the all-new 610.RX, developed exclusively for the T.tiburu_s7s and their knicker and full-length counterparts, due out in 2015. 610.RX has a brushed lining for warmth, comfort, and wicking, and the exterior is treated with Assos' own water repellent technology. The shorts also incorporate a panel of wind resistant Stratagon Ultra fabric in the front crotch and lower abdomen. Assos is calling this feature BlasenSchutz, which translates literally to "blow protection," suggesting windproof qualities, but which Assos translates more playfully as "bladder protection." Assos claims that the extra protection keeps you from having to urinate while riding in cold weather, but we can't repeat that in good conscious without acknowledging that we're not sure if it's true or not. What we can say about BlasenSchutz is that the extra panel protects your core from wind chill — a feature that needs no additional bladder-related justification.
The insert is the same featured in the race-level T.equipe_s7 shorts. It boasts the same eight millimeters of memory foam, which "fill the gaps" while your body moves through the pedaling motion, and it incorporates the perforated waffle layer, which provides ventilation and a more forgiving ride. It also has the goldenGate feature, where the center sides of the chamois aren't stitched to the shorts' body. This means that the chamois has that much more freedom to move with you while you pedal rather than staying stationery while you move across it. The chamois also benefits from another Assos invention, integrated front pad protection, which means that the chamois isn't sewn into the front but actually extends to the end of the panel, eliminating seams in what we can all agree is a very sensitive area. Chapeau, Assos.
Assos designs its clothing according to the dictates of their ALS (Assos Layer System), wherein it's divided the year into seven distinct cycling seasons, each season calling for a different type of gear. The T.tiburu_s7s fall into the median "Fall" range, meaning they're designed for use in 50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. (You can view the full ALS chart here. It's a helpful seasonal guide, even if you're not using Assos gear.) We find this to be pretty accurate, although you may find them getting too warm in the high 50s.
The Assos T.tiburu_s7 Bib Shorts - Men's are available in seven sizes ranging from X-Small to X-Large and including TIR (X-Large Wide) and the color Black Volkanga.