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Old 02-22-16, 02:10 PM
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Bib shorts with most comfortable pad/stitching

Having a hard time finding comfortable bibs. The stitching on some of the cheaper PI's I think is the problem. What's some recommendations for Spring 2016? Thanks! (I'm 6'7" btw and have tried AeroTech - not comfortable).
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Specialized has some expensive bibs in large (actually 2XL) that seem pretty good, but they are, well, expensive.

Performance Century are the best blend of reasonably priced and comfortable I've found in the last few years.

As you note, PI has gone to large diameter thread for stitching their pads in that I can barely ride for 10 miles without slathering in some sort of crotch lube. Not to mention they (and Voler and a couple others) have gone to pads that are so thick that the edges need to be greased, and in rain or warm enough to sweat they turn into diapers when riding. Wet diapers.
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After trying Aerotech and Specialized, I found these and they are my 40+ mile goto's in the 2XL size:

Bontrager Race Bib Shorts - Trek Bicycle Superstore

If you can handle the white trim, these are reasonably priced:

Bontrager Race Bib Shorts - Summit Bicycles :: Burlingame, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara California
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You can get Performance Ultras on sale today for $51 before tax.

Performance Ultra Bib Shorts
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Originally Posted by dr_lha
You can get Performance Ultras on sale today for $51 before tax.

Performance Ultra Bib Shorts
Another vote for the Performance Ultra Bib shorts.

There also very understated, as they are all black (w/ blue chamois), with small letters for ULTRA on the legs.

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Louis Garneau has been a favorite for me. I got some Assos for Christmas. They are extremely comfortable, pricey (worth it) but small. The wife ordered the GIR sizing and it is short for my frame. I am more torso than legs. Very comfortable at 65 over the weekend.
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Thanks folks!
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Capo for me, but they run smaller euro sizing

my Club uses Voler for the kits and their premium pads are awesome
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I have become a Twin6 convert over the past couple of seasons. Their Standard Bib is available up to 3X. I bought 2 pair during one of their big end of season progressive sales. Thermal knickers are also good for cooler weather.

https://www.twinsix.com/
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Performance Ultras X3!! Best bib I have found in XXXL. Have seen them as cheap as $49. Anything close to $50 is a steal.
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My experience with bibs means I would give you an answer of "it depends".

Different bibs can perform differently on different saddles and different riders. There is no one true answer. True, Assos may be a really nice bib, but they may not actually suit your back side or your saddle. I rode a SMP Composit saddle for a few years before changing to an ISM Adamo Breakaway about 18 months ago. Some of my bibs felt better on the breakaway. In particular a set of Pearl Izumi bibs. I had sidelined them for purely riding on my track bike, but since changing saddles, they're every bit as comfortable as my Castelli bibs, which are now my go-to brand. I discovered Campagnolo bibs about a year after they went out of production. They are hands down the best I've had. Once I found out they weren't being made anymore, I searched all over the globe for another set, but ended up empty handed . I should also add, that chamois cream truly adds a new dimension to bibs and comfort. Our club kit, made by Cannibal was unbearable on races 40km and longer. Since using cream, they're fine for that and much longer.

I have an assortment of the brands mentioned, along with cheap Chinese and De Marchi. The De Marchi are very close to Castelli in comfort, but I might also add, that I have Castelli kit with both the kiss3 and progetto x2 chamois and the cheaper kiss3 likes my butt better. I also have 2x Assos long bibs that aren't actually all that comfortable on my ISM saddle. They were fine on my SMP saddle however.

So, sorry no clear answers, but this stuff is something you need to sort out by trial and error unfortunately. I'm 196cm tall, so only a little shorter than you and the Castelli kit could be a touch too fitting if your torso is much longer than mine.
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Here's the problem I'm having - every bib - the chamois stitching seems to rub on my guy - I can't get my guy situated properly - anyone else have this problem? So I'm looking for thEE best stitching - I found some Ibex merino bibs that were great stitch wise - but merino wool in the summer - hmmm
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thankfully Amazon has free returns
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Originally Posted by illusiumd
Here's the problem I'm having - every bib - the chamois stitching seems to rub on my guy - I can't get my guy situated properly - anyone else have this problem? So I'm looking for thEE best stitching - I found some Ibex merino bibs that were great stitch wise - but merino wool in the summer - hmmm
The stitching on the Performance Ultras is very low profile. In fact, it's got the most hi-tech looking chamois of any shorts/bibs I own (a mix of Garneau, Pearl Izumi and a set of Canari bibs that are junk).

I guess you ordered a bunch to try out. Not sure I'd want to buy the returns.
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Get out and do some web searching. I recall having read of some chamois that come up higher at the front. That may be an answer. Also, is it the stitching, or are you rubbing on the lycra? I have found myself in a position where this happens from time to time and it's not pleasant. Some adjustment (sometimes multiple adjustments) and I'm good to go. Also consider chamois cream. It helps with the rubbing elsewhere, maybe it can be useful for you in those other spots?
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Originally Posted by dr_lha
You can get Performance Ultras on sale today for $51 before tax.

Performance Ultra Bib Shorts
Hmm, wonder why this link shows me 59.99 --> Still a good deal tho. Thanks for the info!
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Hmm, wonder why this link shows me 59.99 --> Still a good deal tho. Thanks for the info!
59.99 minus a 15% discount. Today it's 20% so even cheaper, but it does mean you can't order 1 pair and get free shipping sadly!
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I got a pair of Ibex wool bibs last year.... and they are amazing. The most comfortable pair of bibs or shorts I current have (I don't have anything real fancy, so I'm sure there is nicer.) But - they are wool. I've recently discovered that I really like wool, but I know some people are put off by wool, which is fine.

Not really sure how they are in warm climates...
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I got a pair of Ibex wool bibs last year.... and they are amazing. The most comfortable pair of bibs or shorts I current have (I don't have anything real fancy, so I'm sure there is nicer.) But - they are wool. I've recently discovered that I really like wool, but I know some people are put off by wool, which is fine.

Not really sure how they are in warm climates...
Yes, I'm trying the Ibex now - and by far they have the best stitching aside from Sugoi - their pad is the most comfortable - but the whole idea of wool in summer - hmmm - it's also kind of scratchy which I assume would come out after a couple washes.

The Sugoi Evolution bib is so far my fav - the stitching is very embedded - all the other bibs the stitching is such that the pad edges just kind of stick out a bit and you can see the insulation. The Sugoi has a big pad tho and no leg stickers - so I have a pro version on the way to try out.
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Originally Posted by illusiumd
Yes, I'm trying the Ibex now - and by far they have the best stitching aside from Sugoi - their pad is the most comfortable - but the whole idea of wool in summer - hmmm - it's also kind of scratchy which I assume would come out after a couple washes.

The Sugoi Evolution bib is so far my fav - the stitching is very embedded - all the other bibs the stitching is such that the pad edges just kind of stick out a bit and you can see the insulation. The Sugoi has a big pad tho and no leg stickers - so I have a pro version on the way to try out.
Sugoi is one brand of bib I have heard many good things about. I would like to get a set, but it depends what's around/on special when I'm in the market. Last time I was in the market I ended up with Castelli, and quite happily too, except for the set with the progetto chamois. Not that they're bad, but the kiss 3 bibs are a little more comfortable and the grippy seat of the bibs doesn't match with the way I ride any more. Luckily they were discounted to be in line with the cheaper bibs with kiss3 pad, so I didn't really lose out on cost
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+1 for Assos brand. They are expensive though and at 6' 210lbs their largest size (TIR) fits me.
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59.99 minus a 15% discount. Today it's 20% so even cheaper, but it does mean you can't order 1 pair and get free shipping sadly!
Buy two. Return the one.
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