Let me share with you my feelings about the super Bike Bib Pants, short cycling pants from the Swiss firm, X-Bionic. Its cousin, the long cycling pants, covers the leg to the ankle. When you pull out the garment from its packaging, you are amazed by how small it is: “Did I choose the wrong size?” That’s your first wrong mistake. The shorts are highly elastic; when you put them on and pull them up, they fit perfectly, suspenders downward. They are your size.
The fit around the thighs is exceptional. That is, that area where most manufacturers apply rubber inserts so that your shorts don’t slide around. X-Bionic does not use rubber or elastic; on the contrary, they cross-stitch fibers so that your shorts stay in place, providing a superior degree of compression throughout the rest of the garment. All which means unbeatable comfort for the cyclist. You would think that keeping the upper body in your torso and arms warm would be enough, but don’t forget that the engine driving our bike is our legs, especially the buttocks, quads, hamstrings, so maintaining a constant temperature is vital.
The inner lining in these shorts, key to any cycling pants, is GREAT. On a mountain bike, changing positions in your seat is constant – forward, backward, opening your leg to lean your bike, closing them during jumps or descents and so forth.
The inner lining protects the groin area, and is perfectly adaptable to that area. Whenever you change position, “it moves with us” without getting caught on the seat, which is unpleasant and has happened to me with other brands. This inner lining gets high marks for adjustability and protection.
Three notable features: adjustment and comfort in the lower zone of the quads and hamstrings; highest quality inner lining with utmost adaptability and protection; constant thermal control, super-important for any cyclist.