Altura Icon Men’s Bib shorts review

A solid set of shorts at a reasonable price.

Altura Icon Men’s Bib shorts
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Altura Icon Men’s Bib shorts are a good set of shorts for the price. The distribution of the chamois padding provides support in the right places, both when in an aggressive aerodynamic position and a more relaxed all-day position. It actually manages this better than some much more expensive shorts. But for long rides – those above four hours – the chamois didn’t offer the same level of cushioning as more expensive models and the wicking wasn’t quite as fast. If you’re looking for top performance in these areas, you may need to go up a price band – as it is, the performance for the price was quite reasonable.

Reasons to buy
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    Well distributed chamois padding

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    Wide and stretchy bib straps

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    Effective leg grippers

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    Reflective detailing

Reasons to avoid
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    Chamois not as fast wicking as more expensive models

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    Padding best suited to rides under 4 hours

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    Reflective detailing a little flakey

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Altura’s bib short range spans four models with prices ranging from £50 to £89.99. These Icon shorts sit second from top and although their price is a modest £69.99, Altura bills them as both stylish and high performing.

The construction: Altura Icon Men’s Bib shorts

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