I’m generally of the opinion that you get what you pay for, having owned Dhb level kit as well as Assos/Rapha stuff. Of course it’s not always the case, my cheap Dhb rain cape for example has lasted aaaages, but it’s just a rule of thumb.
On that note, can anyone recommend me some decent quality bib shorts?
I have Assos 3/4’s and love the pad, so something along those lines…
Happy riding 🙂Posted 4 years agohatterSubscriber
Not a huge fan of the Pearl Izumi Elite or Select stuff (I have a fussy 4rse) but their P.R.O kit is genuinely superb and their bibs in particular.
For extra Euro roadie cred I’m also a fan of the much under rated Santini Gel Intech/(GIT) pads. Santini slot nicely into the ‘a bit nicer than DHB/Endura but not silly money’ category. They tend to last really well too.Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
using Castelli Velocissimo most of the time, decent shorts, not the thickest pad though. Am looking at getting a set of these soon http://www.assosfactoryoutlet.com/product/10-10-001-10-t-bib-short-pro-s2 I have 5 pairs of Assos shorts but a few are getting a little thread bare now.Posted 4 years agoKipMember
Mate of mine just got a pair of Pave shorts (with green pad) from these guys.
He loves them and thinks the quality is right up with better known brands. Pretty chuffed with the price too. They are very road orientated (as are most of the other brands you mentioned) and new on the scene but getting good customer feedback so far on Facebook.
Dunno if the price is what you’re willing to pay, but they seem pretty well thought out. Mate did say that they are selling through key local bike shops too if you want to take a look at them, no difference in prices in store or on-line.Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
Good thing about the assos mille pads, is that its just a good quality pad without loads of ridiculous density changes and gel iserts etc. Most manufacturers seem to want to show how complicated they can make a pad, and therefore make it so it doesn’t work for hardly anyone (I am looking at you “gore”).Posted 4 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
Has anyone tried Howies bib shorts?
Yes; nickhart above has some – and I have some, too. Haven’t had many bib-shorts so can’t compare but the larger size fit me really well and seem well made. I quite like the fact that they don’t have silicon leg grippers as I find they can constrict a bit, but have had no issues with them riding up.Posted 4 years agoburnsybhoyMember
Yes; nickhart above has some – and I have some, too. Haven’t had many bib-shorts so can’t compare but the larger size fit me really well and seem well made. I quite like the fact that they don’t have silicon leg grippers as I find they can constrict a bit, but have had no issues with them riding up.
Cheers they seem really well priced. Just wondered about the pad.Posted 4 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
Just wondered about the pad.
It’s a TMF pad, similar to the pad in the Chapeau Classic bib shorts (I recognised the logo on them then checked) but may not be as fancy. Tempted to try the Lusso ones, or the Chapeau ones… all the same price – had forgotten how comfortable bib shorts are!Posted 4 years agoRoter SternMember
I am a long term Assos user and this season I have decided to have a look elsewhere for some everyday bibs. I went for the Endura bib shorts (not the MTB ones as I don’t like that yellow stitching) and so far I have been pretty impressed. According to the LBS, Endura were claiming that the chamois is made at the same place as the Assos ones at Eurobike and they do seem pretty similar.Posted 4 years agoanklebiter101Member
I’ve just purchased my second pair of Morvelo bib shorts. Price wise they’re around mid range, about £75 which I know isn’t cheap, but it’s nowhere near Assos or Rapha territory.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve tried DHB and Gore amongst others, but I found the pad in the Morvelo’s to be way more comfy. Some really cool designs too.woody2000Subscriber
As mentioned by Kryton57, I have 2 pairs of the DHB Aeron Pro bibs and they are very comfy indeed. They are currently £62 a pair (if you have a £5 vouchers which are easy to come by). I recently did 8 hours in the saddle with them on, no issues with comfort at all.Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
I’ve done a couple of centuries in my new DHB bibs and find them really comfortable.
Conversely I got some of the aeron pro DHB bib shorts and was significantly underwhelmed. Very uncomfortable for me by the end of an 80 mile road ride – which I guess just shows bibs are a personal choice. I’ve got a friend who works for rapha and can buy kit through them at half rrp. Putting on a pair of their bibs is like having your family jewels given a little cuddle. I might struggle to justify at rrp but whilst this arrangement lasts I’d be a fool to not keep on taking advantage.Posted 4 years agomtbmattMember
Very happy with the GORE bibshorts I have. Xenon and Alp-X both super comfortable.
The xenon in particular just feel invisible, the cut is incredible and the pad is by far the best I’ve used. Over 18hrs riding yesterday, no saddle sores and I am looking forward to going for a ride again today.
Not cheap, but so worth it!Posted 4 years ago
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