Rapha Core Cargo Bib Shorts review - reasonably priced and all-round excellent shorts

The shorts are great just in themselves – the extra storage space is an incredibly welcome bonus

Image shows a rider wearing Rapha's Core Cargo Shorts.
(Image credit: Joe Baker)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Rapha has nailed the comfort of these shorts from the off – even without the cargo capacity they would be a great buy for their mid-range price tag. Considering the extra versatility offered by the cargo pockets for essentially no downside (the amount of extra material is very small), there's not much of a reason for anyone not to choose these.

Reasons to buy
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    Pockets are practical and secure

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    Quality materials and good chamois

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    Classy style

Reasons to avoid
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Rapha’s Core Cargo Bib Shorts are a great addition to the wardrobe of any adventurous cyclist looking for an extra bit of storage space for those longer rides. 

Comfortable, stylish and practical, they are well suited to different disciplines and riders. Even though they lie in a relatively niche area of the market they are still some of the best bib shorts we have tested this year.

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