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Road.cc Team Bibshort Review
"Endura make all sorts of cycling clothing, with their high-end road gear branded separately as Equipe, these Endura Equipe Team Replica Bibshorts come in between the lighter Criterium version and the range-topping Uber Bibshort. According to the company's website they're exactly the same as those used by the professional riders in the Endura Racing team. And there's no doubt about it, these shorts are a top-level piece of kit. The build-quality is excellent, and from the very first mile of my test-ride they felt extremely comfortable all over.
But enough gushing. Let's have a closer look what these shorts have to offer.
First, the fabric. The main part of the Team Bibshort consists of around 10 separate panels, meaning a snug fit all over, with very little creasing of the material. The panels on the front and back of the shorts are a medium density Lycra, while the side panels are slightly lighter (and more shiny) Lycra. On the side of each leg there's also a small inverted V-shaped panel of mesh - presumably for practical reasons (cooling), or maybe just for style. The bib is also mesh, and definitely has a practical purpose: you sweat less under mesh then you do under normal fabric.
The mesh also continues across the top of the front of the shorts - the bit that often crunches up when you're down low on the bars - which means slightly less clamminess and more comfort in this area. The mesh is also a bit more flexible for doing the necessary when it comes to male pee-stops. (As far as I'm aware, Endura Equipe shorts are not available in a female version.)
The build-quality is excellent. Very neat flatlocked seams keep the panels in place, while on the inside there's not a thread out of place."