Santini Tono Sfera women's bib shorts review

In a wardrobe full of lycra, these are bib shorts we've reached for time and time again - for good reason

Santini Tono Sfera bib shorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Highly recommended, comfortable bib shorts that will lend themselves to everything from relaxed evening gravel rides to fast-paced club runs. There's no comfort break solution, but this might be a plus for some riders, and the value is good.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable level of compression

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    Excellent fit

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Reasons to avoid
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    No comfort break solution

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At the dawn of every season, the Cycling Weekly tech office is flooded with clothing. Fabric cascades from the letterbox, and we do our utmost to put as much of it as possible through its paces whilst continuing to be thorough. But unavoidably, there will always be a few pieces that quickly become favourites. The offerings from Santini have become my firm friends. 

This year, Santini sent in its Tono Sfera women's bib shorts (£129/$150) as well as the Redux Istinto bib shorts (£209/$240). I’ve tested both - and for a race effort, I’d choose the latter for its super close fit, but on a sunny relaxed summer ride - where comfort is the aim of the game - the Tono Sfera shorts have been an absolute winner. Paired with the Delta Pietra jersey, these have been a go-to for everything from post-work rides to club runs and video shoots (see below for a moving depiction of the shorts in action). 

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