Craft Women’s Velo Bib Short

 

The Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts are a relatively inexpensive compression fit mono-bib shorts that feel truly amazing and deliver miles of comfort in the saddle.

 

Relatively inexpensive, compression fit mono-bib shorts that feel truly amazing and deliver miles of comfort in the saddle

 

It has been a while since we tested anything from Craft and when we got our mitts on the Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts we realised just what we had been missing and it reminded us that what you get as standard from Craft is a beautifully designed and constructed, women’s specific garment that feels amazing and performs with the very best.

 

Let’s get straight to it, at £65 the Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts are a relatively inexpensive option when you consider some brands sell for well over £200 but in our opinion you could not ask for much more; with these shorts you get a top quality women’s specific pad, compression fit, an ergonomic design that works perfectly with the female form on the bike and silicone print on the leg ends to keep everything perfectly in place.

 

Not content with the normal two strap bib arrangement, Craft have designed the Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts with a mono bib that is so much more comfortable and especially appreciated by the more curvaceous amongst us.  Mono versus the more traditional two strap bib will always be a matter of personal choice, but for us, done well - as it has been with these shorts - the mono bib is always a winner.  Craft have done an excellent job with these bibs, the straps are made from a mesh fabric to keep you cool and they are wide, nicely stretchy and just the right length to keep the shorts in place without any excess pulling over the shoulders.

 

We particularly liked the compression fit of these shorts.  Unless you have experienced it you will not know quite what we mean but you get a rather special high performance feeling the moment you pull these on.  The support from the fabulously elasticated fabric used in the Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts gives them a feel akin to the really top end options.  Quite apart from feeling great, the science behind it is that the compression fit will reduce muscle vibration and therefore fatigue, whilst offering amazing comfort and freedom of movement.  And don’t be concerned about any loss of ability to transport moisture away from the body either.  These shorts have been designed for mild to warm conditions and we tested them in everything from cool spring rides in the UK, to hot weather training in Mallorca and did not find them wanting in any conditions.  We do not anticipate putting them away until we have to dig out the winter longs again, although given that they would make a lush choice for spin classes, we might not put them away ever!

 

Relatively inexpensive, compression fit mono-bib shorts that feel truly amazing and deliver miles of comfort in the saddle

 

The legs of the Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts are beautifully finished with a wide strip of contrasting colour which significantly upgrades the look of these shorts and we found the silicone print held them perfectly in place – if you like your tan lines sharp, you will appreciate that!  Of course Craft have used flatlock seams to reduce the possibility of chafing and there is no doubt that these shorts will last and last.  After several wears and washes they still look like new and the UPF50+ fabric offers protection from the sun too.

 

Last but certainly not least the Infinity C3 women’s specific pad is a joy.  We always use Nature's Kiss Chafe Ease and a good saddle because we never take comfort for granted and the foundation for that is good shorts, with a good chammy.  Craft have never let us down in that department and they do not with these shorts.

 

The Craft Women’s Velo Bib Shorts get a huge thumbs up from us.  The compression fit and top quality pad deliver a high performance feel without the eye watering price tag.

 

Size: XS – XL

Colours: Black/P Optic Push

Price: £65.00

Website: craftsportswear.co.uk Craft Velo Bib Women 

 

Performance: 9/10

Value: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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