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The best for the long haul.
The price of a cycling wardrobe can be daunting, to say the least, but we've got a surefire calculation to justify your velo-inspired profligacy to yourself (or your significant other): Calculate an item's price based on pennies-per-mile. With long-distance kit like Louis Garneau's Equipe Men's Bib Shorts—which are already reasonably priced for bibs—that act of self-deception is especially compelling. The Equipe's primary features equip it for hours spent in the saddle, including everything from charity centuries to continent-crossing endurance events.
The Motion AirGel chamois at the Equipe's heart is, well, the shorts' heart. It's LG's most comfortable distance chamois, and it backs up that claim with a Cupron face fabric that's treated to reduce irritation and odors as wound dressing; the treatment throughout the Equipe's life. Potential abrasion is further reduced by the chamois' seamless transitions between foam thicknesses, eliminating pronounced edges. Given that saddle sores and the gradual accumulation of undesirable funk are the enemies to bib short longevity, those traits are partially responsible for the Equipe's pennies-per-mile excellence.
The other factor is the gently compressive materials used throughout the shorts. The Equipe bib shorts were constructed from a combination of Power + Lycra and Pro + Lycra fabrics. Power Lycra features excellent compressive properties to support your muscles and reduce muscle vibration during vigorous exercise. It absorbs moisture from the skin and wicks it to the surface to keep your temperature regulated.
This material also features a UPF of 50 to keep harmful rays away from your skin. The addition of Lycra Pro means that the shorts stretch to fit you and recover their shape after each wearing. This knit also features a UPF of 50 with a weight of 235gsm, which makes it a midweight Lycra knit. The bib straps were sewn from Power Mesh, which is a lightweight material that wicks moisture away from your skin.
- Bib shorts for endurance cyclists looking for a boost in comfort
- Louis Garneau's long distance chamois built for triple digit miles
- Gently compressive materials reduce fatigue by stabilizing muscles
- Wide, lie-flat leg grippers maintain fit without constriction
- Four-way stretch bibs breathe, ride lightly, and dry quickly
- Flatlock seams reduce chaffing during hours-long pedal sessions
- Reflective details help keep you visible in low-light
- Race radio pocket in back isn't limited to use for intra-team communication
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
Bought a M - I'm 5'10, 165lbs, and most regular weeks ride about 150 miles. These bibs are snug! Not tight, just good compression. There is no banding at the legs which leaves me curious to see how the material will hold up - will it roll, fray, or become loose from stretching. Like other bibs, the shoulder straps tend to slide because my mother blessed me with slope shoulders (ha!). Otherwise the length of the bib is perfect. The padding is good and feels wider than most, covering the sit bones nicely.
Comfortable Bib Shorts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
Out of all my bib shorts, including various Giordana, Castelli and other LG products, these are my favorite to ride. I ride an average of over 200 miles (320km) a week, at various speeds and regardless of what type of ride I'm taking, these feel great at the end of the ride.
I've worn these at least 10 times before posting this review, and am pleased with the craftsmanship and quality. I am 5'10" and 157 lbs, and am content with the medium, which hugs nicely without leaving marks on my skin post ride.
If you're looking for the ultimate race aero bib, maybe these aren't your thing, but here in the Florida heat of summer, on the flats, on rides that average 26+ mph, they've served me well.
Update after several months: I'm afraid I have had to reduce my opinion on these after several months of wearing multiple copies. The stitching on two pairs has failed. Also, the side panels, which are gray, allow a lot more light through, as my legs have tanned in those areas, which I have not found with other bibs. Finally, the leg grips curl uncontrollably. I do put these through the wringer, but the quality needs improvement over the long haul.