Mr. Autumn approved.
Your trusty Assos T.tiburushort_s7's are perfect for those blustery early fall days, but fighting with pinching knee warmer hems and migrating fabric can wear a bit thin on the nerves when the temperature drops a few degrees. Fret no more and don a pair of the Assos Men's Tk.tiburuknickers_s7 Knickers, featuring all the awesomeness of their sibling shorts with extended protection for your knees.
The knickers' main fabric is Assos' RX Medium, which feature a brushed lining for warmth, comfort, and wicking, and Assos' own water repellent technology on the exterior to fend off drizzle. The knickers 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 "fills 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 knickers' 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.
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|Leg & Knee Warmers||0||I||II|
|Height||4ft 11in - 5ft 2in
(150 - 159cm)
|5ft 3in - 5ft 6in
(160 - 169cm)
|5ft 7in - 5ft 10in
(170 - 179cm)
|5ft 11in - 6ft 1in
(180 - 185cm)
|6ft 1in - 6ft 3in
(186 - 190cm)
|6ft 3in - 6ft 5in+
(191 - 195cm+)
|XLG but wider|
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure around the widest part of your chest.
Reviews & Community
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
Comfortable from 48-65 degrees. Extends an extra 10 degrees when combined with smart wool compression ski sox. I'm particular about chamois and love this one. Outstanding fit. Blows away my alternative pair of Silverlines.
More than shorts, less than pants
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought these for my boyfriend and he really likes them. He specifically said that " the chamois makes it feel like I'm not even sitting on a saddle." so that being said, I would say that every dude needs a pair of these for their spring/ fall riding! He would wear them in temps about 40-55 but said that they are really warm from the windproof material so he would not wear them in temps any higher.
He wears a perfect medium in Assos bibs and is 5'11'' and about 160lbs. Mediums fit well. He did say that he wishes that the fabric went down a little lower below his knee because it barely reaches below his knee cap.
Other than that, any awesome addition to the early spring/ late fall line up!
Great fit in *almost* every dimension
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
The Assos Tk.tiburu S7 knickers share the same chamois as the T.equipe shorts, but these are far more than a set of bib shorts with a few extra inches. The fabric is heavier than on those exemplary bibs, and has a slight waffle-like texture with a subtle nap to it. While not waterproof, light rain rolls of them. Like a lot of Assos products, when standing upright admiring yourself in the mirror the fit can be a little odd. In the case of these knickers, the BlasenSchutz front panel feels unnervingly like an undergarment, but is quickly forgotten about once you start riding.
At 6'1" and 160lbs, Assos' medium consistently fits me like a glove. However, compared to the T.equipe shorts in medium, the Tk.tiburu has a slightly more compressive fit. If you fall into the quad-zilla category and find yourself bumping up against the limits of a medium T.equipe, you might consider moving up to a large Tk.tiburu. Unfortunately, the trickiest issue with knickers and bibs comes down to fit; on top of all the usual dimensions that bibs are saddled with, any cycling clothing that falls below the knees also has a length consideration to balance. These knickers only fall about an inch below the knee-cap with my 34" inseam, which is about an inch or two less than I how I like to wear knee-warmers.
The Tk.tiburu is a great product, but as Assos charges a premium for their products, I feel it's only fair to review them with a critical eye. If these were just a tad longer I would happily give them an additional star.