When we develop product we start with a list of requirements from the athlete. How breathable should it be. Is it waterproof/windproof, what is the athlete going to carry with them and how do we cater for this. What is the cut? Should it have stretch and how much, how heavy should the piece be etc., etc. We then evaluate the industries best products and work out how we can improve every element. A fine example is our cycle bib shorts that had every element re-engineered to provide our customers with a completely new and unique product.
Most bibs are produced from lycra with 16-20% stretch. This stretches very well but doesn’t have enough stretch so that it fits the thigh perfectly and stays in place. We therefore use a woven fabric with 40% stretch to compress the thigh muscle and keeps the hem in place without the need of the elastic gripper band that if too tight restricts blood flow and therefore fatigues the thigh muscle.
Our woven fabric uses microfibers to increase breathability but also creates a windproof barrier to keep muscles warm so they perform better. It’s also water resistant which can be pretty useful if you get caught in a shower.