The cycling industry is a protean space, to say the least: always innovating, changing, desperate for the next greatest advancement in aerodynamic micro dimpling and—well, you know the story. Regardless of what the marketing machine might claim in order to get our attention, De Marchi's Aerodinamico Men's Bib Shorts remind us that bib shorts can just be bib shorts. Furthermore, the Aerodinamico affirms that the best thing that bibs can do in the saddle is not get our attention; instead, they should disappear once they're on and we're off. We're happy to report that the Aerodinamico does just that.
That disappearing act is due to the main body composition of a nylon-based synthetic with a 20% Lycra content. It strikes the right balance between gentle compression, confident hold, and breathable ventilation without resorting to the absurdities of construction that turn some cycling shorts into caricatures. Frankly, the Aerodinamico also just looks damned good. Timeless. It's hard to imagine the champions of yesteryear in the "latest and greatest"; however, we can very well picture the likes of Coppi himself wearing these—just like he wore a rainbow jersey made by Elda De Marchi.
This recipe of simple, classic effectiveness has been De Marchi's defining element since the days when the brand was using actual deer skin for its chamois. The aesthetics may be just as smooth as they were then, but the chamois has certainly changed. It's a far cry from Emilio De Marchi's buttery-soft buckskin model, replacing leather with a multi-density foam core wrapped in an anti-odor microfiber. It's still buttery-soft, but now it's just better at all the things that made the brand's mid-century shorts so popular.
- Bib shorts for everything from racing to long training rides
- Medium-weight Lycra provides a confident, breathable feel
- Anti-odor chamois supports with multi-density foam
- Lightweight mesh bib straps promote cooling airflow
- Elastic cuffs grip with a classic profile
- Reflective details help keep you visible in low-light conditions