Altura Podium Elite bib shorts review

The Altura Podium Elite bib shorts are very impressive with a quality construction and a comfortable ride.

altura podium elite bib shorts
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Like the matching jersey, the Altura Podium bib shorts performed very well and feature very technical components and quality materials. However the price is a little bit expensive and the grippers do not work perfectly.

Reasons to buy
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    Great pad on the long ride

Reasons to avoid
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    A bit expensive

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    Grippers on the bottom of the leg don't grip too much

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Altura is probably best known for its commuting kit, but it's performance cycling clothing is now really beginning to make waves. At the top of the bib short range are the Altura Podium Elite bib shorts which are both highly technical and fit really well, making them a great choice for summer rides.

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I wore the Altura Podium Elite bib shorts as part of the complete Podium Elite kit (consisting of the shorts, a jersey, gloves, and baselayer) and was nothing but impressed by the comfort and performance on offer.

The shorts are great for both short and long rides, and I was particularly impressed by the quality feel when riding for many hours. In some ways the Altura Podium Elite bib shorts reminded me of the feeling a few years ago when I rode with my first pair of Assos Mille shorts: comfortable and breathable even after three or four hours of riding.

Watch: buyer's guide to bib shorts

The pad in the Altura Podium Elite bib shorts is really very impressive. It has Altura Dry technology which moves excess moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable, and the pad has got also has plenty of perforations for breathability and an ergonomic shape for a perfect fit.

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The combination of different textiles (see-through and super breathable on the shoulder, micro filtered on the back, and stretchy and resistant on the legs) and the reflective details make these bib shorts a really good product.

However, as was the case with the jersey, the grippers around the hems are pretty ineffective, and I also felt like the £99 price tag was a little expensive.

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Nick Busca is a freelance cycling and triathlon journalist. He is also a certified triathlon coach and personal trainer.