Providing exceptional levels of water and wind resistance, yet without the bulky appearance or feel, our Bib Short should be the first piece of kit in the bag when you are taking on epic rides. And they don’t come more iconic in the UK than the Applecross Peninsula, a gruelling 60-miler through Wester Ross in Scotland. Here, you can push the Bib Shorts hard through the longest climb in the land – Bealach na Bà – surrounded by the rugged and desolate glory of the Highlands.
In such terrain, you will come to appreciate our bespoke high-density foam chamois for the great comfort it brings over such distances. The chamois is also ideal if you are riding over the course of a week as the high density foam doesn’t absorb moisture like traditional foam pads. This means you can wash your bibs at the end of a hard day’s ride and in the morning it will be as dry as a bone. This drastically reduces the chance of saddle sores.
What’s more, the ultra-stretch woven microfibre construction will keep you dry from within. It draws sweat away from the skin and dissipates moisture through the outer surface. The comfort story does not end there. Instead of tight grippers cutting into your quads, we prefer a laser cut leg cuff to keep everything in place. It’s the little detail that counts in our eyes.
Our Scottish-based ambassador Nienke Oostra explains: “I love the fit. What makes it so comfortable is that there is no tight gripper at the end of the shorts like a lot of bibs, so it does not push into my quad. They are very light, and even when it rains they stay light. Though they have a compression fabric they do not constrict any movements so I feel very free in them.”
Stuart, the founder of ashmei, adds: “We chose the woven microfibre over a traditional knit, in order to bolster the stretch content. The issue with knitted structures is the volume of stretch that you can engineer into the fabric. This is why regular bibs have a gripper band to hold the hem in place, but if this doesn’t fit 100% perfectly it either allows air to billow up the legs or acts as a tourniquet that can make your thigh muscle fatigue faster.”