Reviewed: 2XU Elite Cycle Bib Shorts

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Overview
Known for their high-performance compression wear, 2XU has been steadily beefing-up their line to accommodate a full range of clothing, with and without compression. Since we consider ourselves somewhat of self proclaimed bib snobs, we didn't hesitate putting a pair through the paces.

The Good
The craftsmanship feels like a nice Assos or Giordana that we have in our closet, and the 2xu.com site states that they are made with "Swiss dimpled airflow technology and Japanese extreme moisture management fabrics". We did like how the straps seemed to blend into the body when we settled into our riding position. Like most high-end bibs, they (straps) will be a bit tight and awkward until you reach over into a riding position.
The fabric is one test, but for our money, the chamois better do the talking. While the "Fusion Pro Chamois" didn't feel as substantial as that of the Rapha Bib Short or Assos F.I. Mille S5 Bib Shorts, after several weekends of 80+ miles, they totally and completely surprised us. We now wonder what is so special in the Fusion Pro material? It has us wanting more information.

The Snob In Us
Truly, these are remarkable bibs, except for one thing. We found the area that joins the chamois to the inner thigh material very, very tight. Not so much uncomfortable on the bike, but when off the bike, we felt a bit uncomfortable. Our guess is that this is a carryover from their compression heritage with a very functional purpose: help blood-flow and reduce muscle damage.

Our recommendation
While Assos, Giordana, and Rapha make a wonderful bib with fantastic chamois providing unparalleled craftsmanship, 2XU has completely caught us off guard with the Elite Bib Short. Retailing around $60 less than similar featured Assos, we are adding 2XU to our new favorite list. You can find them at www.gearandtraining.com for $140.

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