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Editors' Choice award winner: Giordana Laser Bibshorts
As a pair of bibs, the Giordana Laser Bibshorts are held in place by mesh straps, allowing for a comfortable, precise fit. The straps are thin and the cut of the upper covers minimal surface area, allowing them to breathe well even though they cover more of the body than a pair of shorts. Test Editor David Mackey noted that the chamois found in this pair is the most comfortable, most protective, and highest scoring out of his test group. This chamois is the only model tested that is not seamless, but the seams are inset and do not cause chafing. With variable thicknesses and densities incorporated into the chamois as well as the use of an aloe-infused fabric, Mackey found that this pair of shorts remained comfortable on rides longer than seven hours.
Best Buy award winner: Pearl Izumi Quest Short
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Top Pick award winner for short course rides: Castelli Velocissimo Due Short
A very comfortable and high-performance pair of shorts, the Castelli Velocissimo Due Short has a low-profile, precisely fit chamois and secure leg cuffs with grip material woven into the fabric. With panels of lightweight, breathable material stretching down the sides, this pair is perfect for riding in hot weather. The chamois in the Due Short is the only design in this test that does not have parallel panels cut-out along the perineum to the front, which did not present a problem until the rides got longer. Mackey concludes that the Due Short is not as comfortable for long distances, but excels at short to mid-length rides.
The complete review provides more details about the winners as well as analysis of three other models. This review is accompanied by a buying advice guide that offers insight into how to select the proper pair of shorts for road biking, as well as detailing the difference between shorts designed for road biking and those specific to mountain biking. This guide elaborates on the pros and cons of wearing bibs versus shorts, and when you might choose one design over the other. Since the review included both bibs and shorts, comparing both styles equally, test editor David Mackey was able to determine when one style is preferable to the other.
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