Le Col Sport Thermal Cargo Bib Shorts review - toasty warm, comfortable and practical

Designed with all-round versatility in mind, these well-thought out, Italian-made bib shorts are ideal for long weekend rides, daily commutes or even taking samples to the vets

Image shows the Le Col Cargo Thermal Bib Shorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

For all-round versatility, Le Col has absolutely nailed it. The Sport Thermal Cargo Bib Shorts are perfect for weekend club runs, the daily commute or even nipping out on errands that are just a bit further afield than you'd want to ride in jeans. Cargo capacity aside, the shorts were great as in their more fundamental purpose as, well, cycling shorts. The chamois was comfy and cushioning whilst the fit proved to be excellent.

Reasons to buy
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    Versatility across different ride styles is excellent

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    Thermal qualities really do work

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    Chamois pad and gel insert is very comfy

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    Available in both men’s and women’s fits

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    Well-designed easy-access pockets securely hold all manner of ride essentials

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    Quality of materials and construction

Reasons to avoid
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    Price may be prohibitive to those on a budget

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    Colour choice is limited

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Fresh from the renowned brand founded by former pro, Yanto Barker, Le Col's Sport Thermal Cargo Bib Shorts go above and beyond the features offered by most of the best cycling shorts. There's an integrated thermal lining to keep you warm on cooler days and a pair of mesh cargo pockets for carrying your essentials. 

They could be a handy addition to your cycling wardrobe - especially if you're one of life’s faffers and over-thinkers. You know the inner monologue before heading out: “Have I got enough gels and snacks? Will one spare tube be enough? Maybe I should take two? I’ve got a sniffle, better take a handy pack of tissues. Wallet? House keys? Phone? Gilet or rain jacket? Possibly both?” Perhaps it’s just me. But I doubt it.

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