Reviewed: Rapha 3/4 Bib Shorts

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Overview

Ok, yes I know, Spring is almost here, but if you have been riding in Colorado the last 6 months, you are a bit gun shy when it comes to the talk of "Spring".  As such, the last 12 weeks we have lived in Rapha's 3/4 Bib Shorts.  To be fair, we are a big fan of the, Rapha Classic Bib Shorts so we had very high expectations of the 3/4 version.  Find out what we thought....

The Good

Having spent a great deal of time in Specialized's Roubaix knickers, as well as the Capoforma Roubaix Bib Knicker, we had our pre-concieved notions of a what bib knicker could/should do.  All I can say is that Rapha completely nailed it with the 3/4 Bib Short.  The thermoroubaix fabric accompanied with an internal layer of Thermolite fleece is like riding in your pajama's...the ratty ole' pair that feel like "home".

Of course comfort is a major factor, but how well did they keep us warm? Fantastic. We consistently found ourselves riding in windy weather between 38 and 45 degrees without any inkling of being cold whatsoever. Aside from the exposed bit of skin on our lower shins, the bibs did exactly what they were designed to do.

And how about the chamois? For those that don't own a pair of Rapha bibs, it is hard to describe the absolute density of the Cy-Tech Pad. To us, the Rapha chamois blows away anything from Giordana or Assos--hands-down. So much so, we feel a little spoiled and nervous about switching to warm weather riding bibs.

Our Recommendation

After putting close to 800 miles on the Rapha 3/4 Bib Short, we can say that they are part of our standard winter riding wardrobe. The combination of silky-smooth thermoroubaix fabric and Thermolite fleece with the super cushy Cy-Tech chamois is hard to beat. Our only concern was that the fabric can be a bit slippery under the saddle--something that took a bit of getting accustomed to.

The bibs run around $225 and can be purchased directly from the Rapha.cc site.

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