Comfort can be defined in many ways. One is experiencing no sense of restriction in your bibs. This is what spandex shorts originally offered, and it's what De Marchi is putting on the back table right here, with their Contour Bib Shorts. The main feature of these bibs is the Pro Grade Extra Stretch fabric that comprises most of the six-panel ergonomically-cut shorts. This spandex has 20% elastic content to give it a softer, more generous stretch that results in a fit that's less compressive than their other shorts. And for many people, the idea of wearing tight shorts is antithetic to what they want from cycling bottoms.The Tour Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) chamois is where you sit. It's a segmented multi-density pad that offers the most protection toward the rear as the pad thins as toward the front. De Marchi calls it minimalist; we say it's the most traditional pad De Marchi offers.The bib straps are made of mesh so that you barely notice them at all. At the bottom cuffs you'll find external Jacquard grippers lined with gel strips to keep the legs in place as you ride. Reflective tabs are sewn into the seams on the back of the legs to help you be more visible in low light.The De Marchi Contour Bib Shorts are Black and sizes run from Small to XXX-Large.
As a new rider and never owning a pair of bib shorts, Performance Bike has Liquigas-Pata and De Marchi Contour bib shorts on sale. I don't know anything about these brands or how tight they run. Any comments about which one is better?Read More »