Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Short
Fall and spring make for some tricky clothing situations on the bike front. On one hand, the weather is unpredictable, the sky opens up with showers out of the blue, followed by balmy afternoons with the warm glow of the sun. On the other hand, we don't want to sacrifice our sleek style for bulky rainproof gear left and right. No need to stress, though, with the Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Shorts you can manage the best of both worlds, thanks mostly to their NoRain Thermo fabric that consists of ThrmotexDrytex to offer a little extra insulation from soft, brushed fleece, while Sportful's Nanotech water repellent treatment keeps showers and wheel spray rolling off of you outside. The fabric features exceptional breathability that aims to grab onto perspiration when you're working hard up a steep canyon ascent, quickly drying before you catch a chill on the way back down. And while we typically see thermal materials exclusively used on knickers at tights, these are available as shorts, enabling you to fine-tune your warmth with knee warmers when needed, or let your skin get a little extra ventilation without.
There are a few differences that set the Pro version apart from the standard model, including the chamois (which we'll get to later) and the bib straps. The Pro's bibs are Sportful's lie-flat design, which reduces transitional ridges beneath your jersey. They're also mostly perforated, letting them breathe and ride light so-as not to interfere with thermal layering.
Like the full-length version, the Fiandre No-Rain Pro Bib Shorts feature Sportful's Bodyfit Pro cut, which is the same fit that the likes of Nibali and Contador wear while training and racing. Some cold-weather gear fits like thermal underwear, producing slack that lets the chamois or the seams get out of place and causing havoc from the waist down. You'll appreciate the proper fit and compression of this cut, which keeps everything right where it's supposed to be and supports your thighs, waist, and lower torso.
The Fiandre Pro bibs also feature an upgraded insert: the Total Comfort (TC) Pro instead of the standard Fiandre bibs' Bodyfit Pro chamois. Both were designed for professional use, but the TC Pro is for those who prefer slightly less padding. It also features extended flaps to ease the transition between insert and shorts, helping to prevent irritation during the long training rides of early spring.
- Pro-level bib shorts that hold up to showers and cool fall miles
- Keeps the chamois dry in light drizzles and road spray alike
- Light insulation keeps your engine warm without overheating
- Minimized seams reduces risk of watery ingress
- Race fit won't sag or shift during races and intervals
- Raw-cut leg bands and lie-flat bibs maintain a sleek fit
- Reflective details help keep you visible in low-light conditions