Brandit Men’s Industry Vintage 3/4 Shorts Black
Gore Bike Wear Men’s Oxygen Partial Thermo Bibs 3/4+ Shorts
- Almost unnoticeable bibs and a wide, non-cutting hem combined with a seat insert especially designed for long distance rides.
- While watching the weather and worrying that it would be cancelled snow, I purchased these bibs in a panic.
- Like all bibs, they are tight, but fit more comfortably than my Castellis.
- Starting in the town of Durango at about 6000′, it was a beautiful sunny day and in the mid-fifties.
- As we started to climb the first pass, it started to snow.
- I don’t know for sure, but at 10,500′ there was probably a foot of snow on either side of the road and in the high 20s, low 30s.
- Those that started in shorts and plain jersey’s were miserable.
- Descents were a breeze, both literally and figuratively but I was comfortable the whole ride using these bibs, a base layer, windbreaker, and shoe covers.
- The ride was fifty miles and I probably could have benefited from a little more padding in key areas, but overall the chamois kept me comfortable.
- As with all bib tights and shorts, you want a tight fit without material gathering.
- These knickers feel too small as you pull them on, but that’s just due to the brushed fleece lining that makes them thermal.
- It doesn’t slide up unshaven legs as easily as bare lycra.
- It’s important to note that all Gore bibs are cut to fit you best when in the bike position.
- When standing, the straps tug down on my shoulders noticeably.
- Same goes for my 4 pair of Gore Ozon bib shorts.)
I don’t like this chamois as much as the Gore Ozon Man chamois, but it’s still nice.
- Feels a tad narrow for my sit bones, but I do ride a 158mm wide saddle.
- For the average male rider with a bit narrower sit bones, I think it will feel perfect.
- They are just okay overall but the fabric below the abdomen, through the crotch and hips does not flex or give at all and makes for an uncomfortable, distracting ride.
- Compared to every other brand I own, the shoulder straps are the thinest and least thoughtful and have a tendency to roll over themselves and not sit flat or flush over the shoulders.
- I would rate them appropriate in the 35-50 F temperature range.
- Like all Gore products, they are well sewn and solid, a real improvement over the leading European supplier, Castelli.
- They are quite warm, good, really, for temperatures in the 50s to lower 60s.
- Hardier riders with more body fat than I have might be able to wear them down into the 40s, but will find them too warm in the upper ranges.
- The “chamois” is very thick and comfortable for long rides.
- For my money, there is no better manufacturer of cycling clothing than Gore.
- The pad is the best ive found as it is a near seamless transition from pad to spandex – great for fighting saddle sores.
- I did wear a hole in the inner thigh where my thigh was rubbing my saddles wide nose – the saddle also suffered.
- These medium bibs are a little tight around the thigh area but I have 10 lbs of winter weight on right now.
- They should be perfect in the spring and fall once I’m in shape again.
- They do well in temps down into the 20s and aren’t too hot on days that start cool and may creep into the 50s or 60s.