Craft Women's Essence Bib Shorts

 

The Craft Women’s Essence bib shorts are a classic pair of bib shorts with some unexpected features which make them stand out from the crowd because they are made with recycled polyamide, in a compression fit and with sun protection as standard.

 

Go green with the Craft Women’s Essence eco-friendly bib shorts, which offer sun protection and compression benefits in a classic design

 

Let’s be honest, we only test and review the good stuff these days.  Over the years, it would seem that some brands simply haven’t embraced our candour and they have elected not to send us samples.  And we’re OK with that because life is too short to make compromises with the kit that you wear on the bike and it makes our job of testing a joy.  So it came as no surprise to us that we liked the Craft Women’s Essence bib shorts from the moment we put them on but even with these already high expectations, we were blown away by the fit and feel.

 

Craft have used recycled polyamide (78% of the fabric content) for these shorts, which adds a green dimension we love, but it is what they have done with the fabric that has to be experienced to be believed.  We’ve worn compression garments before but the support offered by the Lycra Sport Energy compression fabric used in the Craft Women’s Essence bib shorts was top notch for us.  Once on, we felt our legs were fabulously supported and compressed but without even a hint of restriction of movement.  It is not overstating it to say that the feeling was almost intoxicating and we have enjoyed every mile we have ridden in these shorts.

 

The overall fit and feel is enhanced by a wide band of elasticated fabric that is double thickness at the legs ends.  This band is 6cm wide at the inner leg seam, increasing to 10cm on the outside leg.  Craft have added some silicone print to these and the overall effect is that the legs stayed perfectly in place hour after hour.  Add to that the mono-bib design, with a single strap coming up from the waist over the breast, where it splits to go over the head, as well as a high quality, female specific pad, UPF 50+ sun protection and the Craft Women’s Essence bib shorts have all the makings of a classic.

 

The Craft Women’s Essence bib shorts are a classic pair of bib shorts with some unexpected features which make them stand out from the crowd; made with recycled polyamide, in a compression fit and with sun protection as standard

 

Honestly, we’ve struggled to wash them quickly enough to allow us to wear them as much as we would actually like to and that has meant we have given them a really thorough testing.  It is good to be able to report that despite the repeated washing and wearing they still look like new and they have been up to the challenge of keeping us comfortable in the really hot weather too.

 

The Craft Women’s Essence bib shorts literally beg to be worn and time after time we found they never disappointed.  The design is second-skin like with compression benefits and the added feel good factor that comes from knowing they are made with recycled polyamide.  Classic, comfortable, compression shorts at a price which represents good value for money.

 

Sizes : XS-XXL

Colour: Black

Price: £80 (but grab them for just £60 from Wiggle at the time of writing)

Website: www.craftsportswear.co.uk Essence Bib Shorts

 

Performance: 9/10

Value for Money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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