Rapha has announced the launch of its latest uber-expensive Pro Team bibshorts, which carry a hefty price tag of $375.00.
According to Rapha, what makes the Pro Team bibshorts so costly is the new woven fabric that comprises multiple types of yarn, thus reducing the number of panels to just seven. The British brand says, this results in a better compression fit and reduces the likelihood of chaffing thanks to less seams. Moreover, the new woven design claims to improve moisture management and reduce overall weight by 20% compared to the previous Pro Team II bibshorts.
“In a complete departure from its predecessors, the Powerweave Bib Short is made with a highly breathable and compressive woven fabric. Some 20% lighter than the knit previously used in our Pro Team bibs, the weave’s inner face draws sweat away from the skin two times faster, transmitting it to the outer to evaporate and minimise water weight. An engineered fit with just seven panels – over 50% fewer than before – reduces seams and bulk, while the compression of the weave optimizes muscle support, rapid recovery and reduces material fatigue,” says Rapha.
Additionally, Rapha has also redesigned the chamois pad with narrower, higher density foam that’s lighter, more breathable and dries much quicker.
“Designed specifically for this bib short, our latest race-ready chamois pad is made with a new, higher-density, quicker-drying foam which is held comfortably in place for unparalleled stability. New integrated leg grippers keep the rest of the short stable, incorporating elasticated yarns into the woven fabric meaning there’s no need for a traditional gripper is eliminated and compression around the thigh is optimised. Laser-cut, ergonomic bib straps are made with a bonded double layer of fabric for long-lasting, pressure-dispersed support over the shoulder. Between the straps, the central panel features a fine woven fabric with an open structure to further aid temperature regulation,” explains Rapha.
Other features that highlight the Pro Team bibshorts include integrated leg grippers and laser-cut bib straps.
Rapha says, a black version of the new Pro Team bibshorts will be the first to be offered, which initially will only be available to Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) members, while a release to the public will happen sometime later this year.
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