327p949311wrote a review of Assos XC Bib Short - Men's on August 4, 2020
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After going through the wringer with cycling kit over the years nothing ever fit me as well as my Assos road kit. I frequently rode my s7 and now s9's for XC rides and endurance events because none of my mtb stuff or road kit from other brands does it for me like Assos.
For those already initiated with the brand, these Torpedo gray XC bib shorts are more in line with the s7 gen but with the upgraded side panels for trail-worthy durability and even more minimalist straps, which fall between the s7 and s9's in my opinion. The unboxing was similar to the older s7 too.
Compared to other Assos kit, these bibs were a bit snug though the hip flexors getting started and I assume that was a bit of the side fabrics which pull and stretch differently than the rest but after a few miles these shorts disappeared and were near perfect for me for the next two hours of race pace singlestrack efforts.
To upgrade these I give the s9 insert a slight edge and I'd prefer all black, but the gray's not bad. For all Assos bibs I wish they were an inch longer down the leg which could be accomplished if the brand doubled the leg gripper, but this request does not take away from their 5-star rating.
I know we've all got our own sizing and fit preferences but for me being 5'11" and 150 lbs, the mediums are spot on. Most brands I fall somewhere between small and medium but the Assos mediums are perfection everywhere.
Aspects Assos gets right and IMO sets the bar for all other brands :
Straps - wide and snug with consistent tension, they last forever
Chamois - perfect density for short and very long rides
Compression - nice everywhere, through the legs, shoulders, across hips, and up front where it really matters! No "room for error"
Durability - I've owned s7 T.Equipes for years, each pair with hundreds of rides and thousands of miles. Sill performing like new, albeit a bit sun-faded. I've bailed very hard descending on rocky single track in my Assos s9 road kit and I am astonished that they were not damaged while I had to visit the ER for stitches from what happened behind the fabrics. My prediction is that these XC shorts will hold up to the harshest of challenges and last a long, long time.
Some balk at the price but from my experience, Assos bibs are WORTH EVERY PENNY.
Trying to justify saving a few bucks over the 5+ year lifespan of a pair of best quality kit instead of replacing some cheaper, lower performing stuff every couple of years is something I've decided I don't have the time or bandwidth for anymore.