Women’s Test Team: Women’s Bibshorts Review Part 2

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GS Panache 13 Women’s Bib Short

Sizes: XS to 2XL
Color: Black with White Accents
MSRP: $160
More Info: www.PanacheCyclewear.com

What The Manufacturer Says

The GS Panache Bib Short allows you to reach your potential in situations that require speed and endurance. It’s our go-to bib for racing and performance training. Durable, long-wearing nylon under the chamois, compression Power Lycra on the printed panels for good looks and muscular support. Breathable, wicking poly elsewhere to regulate temps. Bibs are for allowing you to belly breath more effectively – low contour gives great breathability as well. Nine panels let us put the right material in the right place. Absolutely no cross-seam in the chamois, making the most comfortable contact point possible. Anatomically correct (gender specific) high density open-cell all-way stretch-foam padding with two layer X-TRACT Fabric against the skin. Ultra fast drying with great breathability. Tagless — we’ll save you the work of cutting out the tags and labels. Highest-quality silicone won’t crack over time and keeps shorts in place.

Tester: Liz Barcheck (Size Tested: Medium)

Fit: The shorts fit great, I liked the length and they have a wider band at the bottom that works well. The bib straps fit comfortably and were the standard, over-the-shoulder style, which I personally prefer.

Function: The chamois is a bit bulky and thick, but comfortable. The bibs and shorts move appropriately and aren’t too tight or constricting, but everything definitely stays in place.

Materials: The shorts are breathable and fit well. The chamois is soft. The bib is mesh and minimal which helped to keep my torso cool.

Fashion: I like the thicker white band at the bottom of the short, it adds a little pop and also helps the dreaded sausage leg problem. The seams don’t stick out and the overall shape of the short is flattering.

Additional Comments
: To me this is a pretty standard bib short. I like them, but I don’t really think there is anything amazingly spectacular about them. They are a great short for a longer ride, and they are certainly made of high-quality, long-lasting fabrics and they have a good clean design.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Tester: Elizabeth Train (Size Tested: Small)

Fit: The front of these bibs hit an awkward place on my stomach/lower ribcage, so I didn’t find them super comfortable. They sort of feel like men’s bibs with a women’s chamois.

Function: The straps themselves are standard issue and work great, but I don’t love the chamois in these. It’s a bit too wide for me, so it felt bulky.

Materials: The Lycra is nice and soft, but the mesh material is much rougher than that of the other bibs we tested, which I didn’t love.

Fashion: These bibs look good on. Panache’s trademark leg band is a nice detail.

Overall Rating: 2.75 out of 5

Tester: Lisa Sumner (Size Tested: Medium)

Fit: The fit is true to size and the straps are a good length. The legs are slightly longer than the other bibs and came about three-quarters of the way down my thigh. The one poor part of the fit was the leg bands were too tight on me. Because the length of the short was slightly longer I didn’t experience the unflattering bulging look, but they just aren’t as comfortable as some of the other bibs with looser leg bands.

Function: Besides the women’s specific chamois, there are no other visual features that set these bibs apart from a men’s bib. Despite that, the women’s specific chamois is done well. The chamois is an appropriate size and thickness, it’s well positioned, flexible enough to allow it to conform to different body types and it’s very comfortable to ride in.

Materials: The Lycra is stiff but is still soft which made them comfortable to wear for long rides. The seams on the inside of the bib are all flat so chaffing was not a problem. The material wicked sweat away and breathed well. The straps are a nice light weight mesh and come down low in the front (below my belly button) and to about mid-back in the back so there is plenty of airflow and the lack of extra material on top helped keep me cool while riding in warmer weather.

Fashion: The tighter Lycra helps to compress certain parts of the body which leads to a more flattering look. I also like the color bands at the bottom of the short and think the black and white color combination looks clean and crisp when on. The stitching is all black so the different panels on the shorts are not noticeable from afar.

Additional Comments
: Like the others tested in this round, these bibs did not attempt to include a mechanism to allow women to make a pit stop while riding without completely disrobing. Although these bibs were the closest to your typical men’s bib, overall, I found them comfortable to wear on long rides.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Tester: Kate Powlison (Size Tested: Small)

Fit: These were a little tight in the thighs, especially around the leg gripper, and were slightly long too. However, I appreciate the longer length when I wore knee warmers, as I could be sure my warmers would never gap or fall down.

Function: I’ve put a lot of miles on these shorts, and they’ve never let me down. The absence of a seam horizontally bisecting the chamois reduces chafing. The leg grippers work really well.

Materials: I liked the smooth, shiny fabric and the large perforations on the bib strap material. The chamois is a perfect thickness, size, and density for me.

Fashion: The look is simple and classic. The bright white panels seemed to stay bright white longer than most white things I own, which made me feel like I was always pulling on a new pair of shorts. My only complaint about the look of these is the way the seam above the leg gripper bulges on my “well-insulated” thighs.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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About the author: RoadBikeReview Womens Test Team

In order to better serve our readership, RoadBikeReview has launched a Women’s Test Team that’s tasked with reviewing gear and apparel made expressly for women. Our quartet of testers are all experienced cyclists, who each bring a unique set of perspectives and needs to the conversation. If you have questions for our testers or suggestions on gear you would like to see featured here, leave us a note in the comments section below or send an email to WomensTestTeam@roadbikereview.com.

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  • Vicky R says:

    Why weren’t Gore’s Xenon 2.0 Lady Bibtights tested? They sell for $200. I buy a new pair or two every year. They have compression legs, look nice, and fit well,. They also have a very handy bio break access capability via two large zippers in the back that open all the way around the sides. They make bathroom or porta potty stops very easy and quick. I wear them on all my century and metric rides as the chamois is very comfortable for long rides.

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