Another well designed product from the British brand

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Rapha Pro Team bib shorts

Pros:

  • Good thermal qualities
  • Very comfortable

Cons:

  • Expensive when compared to similar shorts on the market

Product:

Rapha Pro Team bib shorts

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£190.00

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This product is featured in: Bibshort test: £131 – £200.

As you’d expect from Rapha, the design of the Pro Team thermal bibshorts is utterly uncompromising — no stone has been left unturned in the pursuit of warmth and comfort.

The Thermoroubaix fabric used in the main body of the shorts is similar to that used in the others in this test. A fleeced inner provides extra insulation while retaining stretch in the Lycra outside. When combined with the dense mesh bib, high front and longer-than-usual legs, these provide a level of warmth only matched by Endura’s Thermolite.

Comfort is excellent. The Cytech chamois is a little thick for shorts apparently designed for an aggressive riding position, but we found the extra support nice for longer rides. Over-locked stitching on the inseam, and flatlock stitching, aid comfort by preventing rubbing.

The only thing preventing the Rapha shorts from taking top spot is the price. The Endura Thermolite are a match for these in terms of warmth and comfort and we just can’t find a way to justify the £120 price difference.

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Verdict

Well designed, comfortable shorts, but the price is high for this market

Details

Sizes :XS-XXL
Colours :Black/white, black/red, black/green
Weight :218 grams
  • Cesar Aviles Zamorano

    Rapha Pro Team Bibshorts: after a few normal rides, chamois pad is getting loose because of extensive unstitching. I sent information about this issue to Rapha and this is what I got: “Hello Cesar, Thanks for contacting Rapha. I’m sorry to hear about the stitching coming loose on your bibs. We have seen some cases of this issue, and it clearly hinges on the style of stitch used to attach the chamois to the shorts. The particular stitch was chosen to reduce bulk at the seam, which it does very well. The trade off is that the single thread stitching is more susceptible to damage from abrasion. If the single thread breaks, the entire line of stitching will come loose.
    This is something that can be repaired, either through our free repair service or by a local tailor. While there is an added cost of returning the bibs from Chile to our repair service, we will cover the cost of shipping the repaired bibs back to you. If you want to have us repair them, please complete the attached Repair Form and send them to the US address listed on the form. We’ll fix up the broken stitching and send them back to within a couple of weeks.
    Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
    Best regards, Dave Roth Customer Service Team”
    Of course, I’m moving away from Rapha