WHAT MATTERS MOST IN CHOOSING CYCLING BIB SHORTSfanyuying
I look at criteria in three categories that I find matter most in choosing between shorts.
Cut – Are the cycling bibs cut for riders with a slim or standard hip width or will it, because of their construction and material, fit both types of riders?
Do the bib shorts have a standard leg length or do they run long? Some of us prefer a longer inseam to get more coverage and support on long rides while others prefer the freedom and airflow of a standard length inseam.
How high do the bib shorts come up on your waist? Some prefer a taller waist height to help retain and support their midsection while those with little fat and a strong core don’t want the extra material and added cooling that a taller waist may require to distract them.
Fit – Once you have cycling bibs with the right cut and preferences for your body, how well does it fit? Specifically, does it stretch well with you as you move on the bike? Does it provide enough but not too much compression to your glute, quad, and hamstring muscles?
Do the grippers keep the short’s legs from rising without constricting your legs? How well do the straps work in keeping the shorts up and getting the bibs to move with you in an integrated way?
Finally, how flat do the seams lay? Do they enhance the fit, comfort, and look of the shorts or fight them?
Comfort – How comfortable is the chamois pad and other chamois materials on long rides? How flexible and comfortable are the bib short’s other materials against your skin? How breathable are they? How well do they wick your sweat during a ride? Do the straps lay flat across your shoulders without applying too much pressure on them or your back? How comfortable is the back panel, if there is one?