Women and bibshorts did not go together well until brands such as Gore came up with a clever toilet-break solution
As soon as I tried cycling bibshorts a few years ago I knew there would be no turning back. They are so much more comfortable to wear on a bike than waist-high shorts.
Thereâ€™s no annoying, digging-in waist with bibshorts and they keep your back and stomach warm, because top layers do not fall out or ride up.
But there is one drawback, if youâ€™re a lady cyclist: The need to take all your outer clothes off to go to the toilet. This is OK in mid-summer, when you do not feel the cold so much, but in winter or on mild spring and summer days itâ€™s torture taking off layers just for a quick comfort break.
So thank goodness that a few cycling brands have come up with a solution: the back entrance!
Gore Bike Wearâ€™s own special creation is the Gore Xenon 2.0 Lady Bibshorts boasting a pair of zips above the waistline at the back. These unzip to allow enough of a hole in the fabric to use the toilet.
I wonâ€™t go into details but suffice to say with a bit of flexibility you can comfortably take a toilet break and never peel off an outer layer. And setting off again on your bike is easy after rezipping.
The zips are positioned high enough not to rub on your skin, yet accessible enough to make unzipping and re-zipping a fairly straightforward process.
The Gore Xenon 2.0 Lady Bibshorts do not compromise on other high-quality features.Â The super lightweight fabric is really comfortable and offers built-in compression. This means that the fabric aids muscle recovery even when cycling.
The shorts also have a female-specific ergonomic seat insert, which I have found to be super comfortable. In fact, this is one of the most comfortable cycle short pads Iâ€™ve experienced for years. It seems to mould to the body and causes no rubs at all.
I like the shoulder strap set-up, too. The straps sit outside the breasts yet are held together by a hook closure for comfort. There is enough room for all sizes and shapes of chest.
The wide gripper elastic at the leg hem is beautifully designed and doesnâ€™t dig into the thigh, yet stays in place when riding.
I also like the attention to reflective detailing (this is especially important on a bike.) The bibshorts have a reflective flag and a large reflective motif on each side.
The Gore bibshorts have shot to the top of my cycling wear hit parade. I wear them with the new and beautifully designed and highly wearable Gore Power SE Lady short-sleeved jersey in light blue, blue and red stripes.
The bibshorts coast Â£149.99. See Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 lady bibshorts.
Similar menâ€™s bibshorts, the Xenon Race bibshorts, cost Â£179.99.