Arguably the most important item in any cyclist’s wardrobe, this month we’ve gathered together seven brilliant bibshorts all punching well above their entry-level price tag
Howies Leadout Bibshorts costing £59
Pearl Izumi Women's Elite In-R-Cool bibshorts selling at £79.99
Lusso Pro Gel bibshorts hitting the shops £59.99
Sugoi RPM bibshorts £59.99
Gore Power Lady £79.99
dhb Aeron Pro bibshorts £74.99
With so many different body shapes and sizes out there, what fits one person may not suit another, so always try shorts on for size.
Chamois-wise we found the Lusso and Sugoi most comfortable and that the dhb pads were a bit on the thin side, but this again can be a personal choice. Some riders find thinner chamois better as they can be more breathable, but for us longer rides require extra padding.
The standout winner for us was the Sugoi RPM bibshort. It ticked all boxes for comfort, fit, chamois and grippers. Both the women-specific bibshorts on test have catered for ease of access to aid swift comfort breaks, with different end results. The fit of the Gore really made it stand out, while the Pearl Izumi would probably suit curvier women.