While surfing the internet one evening, a pop-up ad for RedWhite Apparel’s The Bib suddenly appeared on my screen, proclaiming to be the world’s most comfortable bibshort. I guess Big Brother really does know our preferences.
In any case, as someone who has reviewed the finest cycling apparel the-world-over, needless to say, I was eager to put RedWhite’s bold claim to the test. And, after a couple of email exchanges with RedWhite’s founder, Yuva Viswanathan, a pair of the Singapore-based brand’s bibs were sent to me.
Upon first glance, premium Italian-sourced fabrics, silicon leg grippers and generously-wide, ventilated straps plot The Bib. But, it was the chamois pad that was the obvious hallmark of the garment, comprising a proprietary molded pad that’s designed for long-hours in the saddle.
What distinguishes the pad, is its considerable thickness and greater density when compared to others, while additional padding along the sits bones framed-in by unique channeling further punctuate the design. RedWhite describes it as a proprietary “Thermic Molding” process that eliminates layers being glued together, instead resulting in a one-piece construction.
So, is The Bib really the world’s most comfortable bibshort?
Well, it certainly proved to be in the hemisphere of western Massachusetts, where a series of hot, grueling rides that saw elevation gain come in the form of 100 feet per mile, all-the-while kept my nether regions feeling supremely comfortable. Moreover, no matter how drenched in perspiration the bibs became, the fit always remained solid and composed, never feeling sloggy against the body.
That said, at $140 The Bib not only provides superior comfort, but at a relative bargain.
One caveat however, sizing runs very small, even more so than some of the most “race-cut” European apparel that I’m accustom to. So, I would suggest going up a size, or putting oneself on a steady diet of pocket lint before donning a pair.
Other than that, The Bib is highly recommended for those seeking maximum comfort while perched in the saddle for long hours.
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