Quick Take: Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers

Apparel

Why You Want: You ride your bike when it’s cold, you like being warm, and you’re a fan of Belgian cycling culture and its most famous emblem, the Lion of Flanders.

Pros: Soft fleece lining is warm and comfortable on the skin. Four-way stretch, multi-panel chamois is made of antimicrobial fabric and has perineal relief channel. Supple, four-way stretch knit back panel wicks moisture while also keeping you warm and dry. Tour of Flanders-inspired graphics add flair without being over-the-top.

Cons: Knee-length cut lacks the flexibility you get from winter-weight bib shorts paired with knee or legs warmers. Going to the bathroom without fully removing a shoulder strap is tricky, but not impossible.

RoadBikeReview Take: Full disclosure: I love Belgian cycling culture and the infamous Lion of Flanders. So right off the bat, Hincapie knee-length Ronde Bibknickers spoke to me. But fashion sense aside, this is a great piece of mid-weight technical apparel that works well in a variety of cold-weather conditions. During the past three months, I’ve worn them for chilly road rides, snowy cyclocross adventures, and even my first ever fat bike race, which was held on the Nordic ski trails in and around Crested Butte, Colorado, elevation 8,909 feet. [Yes, in this case I paired them with knee-high ski socks to save the ankles from frostbite.] In all cases, I stayed dry and warm without over-heating. The chamois provides protection where you need it and stays in place, the elastic leg grippers don’t slip, oversized shoulder straps are easy to pull into place, and the fleece lining is soft on the skin. My only real knock is that while the high front panel increases heat retention, it makes No. 1 bathroom stops an act of contortionism.

Rating: 4 of 5

Price: $140 (5 sizes)

More Info: www.hincapie.com

Quick Take: Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Gallery
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Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Back View

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Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Side View

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Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Stitching

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Lion of Flanders

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Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Grippers

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Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Fleece Lining

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Hincapie Ronde Bibknickers Straps


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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