Assos T.laalalai shorts_s7 bib shorts review

We put the Assos T.laalalai shorts_s7 bib shorts through their paces

Assos T laalalai shorts s7 bib shorts
Assos T laalalai shorts s7 bib shorts
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Assos T.laalalai shorts_s7 bib shorts offer the high quality construction and long ride comfort that you'd expect from a £160 pair of women's bib shorts.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent fit

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    Comfortable chamois

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    Ideal for hot weather

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Reasons to avoid
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    Only available in black

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With not one irritating seam and a female specific S7 chamois that’s a perfect balance of padding and flexibility, Assos are at the top of its game with the first pair of women’s S7 bib shorts. When on, the central bib element held the shorts securely, without compressing my shoulders. A mesh insert made from propriatory Assos ‘type.221 fabric, at the back of the bib not only aids the breathability, but also helps give the straps structure, adding to the aero like tight fit.

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Fan’s of Assos’ women’s bib shorts will be please to see a new and improved magnetic clasp on the Assos T.laalalai shorts_s7 bib shorts which, unlike the old hook and eye version, was securely connected throughout testing.

Assos T laalalai shorts s7 bib shorts clip

Despite the shorts' high frontage and being constructed from a dense, robust and compressing fabric, known as ‘type.439’, an ‘IceColor’ dye treatment helps reflect the sunlight – meaning even on the hottest of days I was cooler than I expected to be. A 4.5cm leg cuff constructed from part ‘type.439’ fabric, part elastic, seamlessly transitions from short to skin and although only minimal silicone elements are used, the short legs stayed put on even the longest rides.

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In true Assos style, these shorts have been designed for riders looking for want an excellent pair of performance shorts. As a consequence, however, they’re not in the business of offering you several colour options, and there is also the small, or in this case large, matter of the price.

Assos Tlaalalai shorts s7 bib shorts women's chamois pad

There’s no doubting that the Assos T.laalalai shorts_s7 bib shorts are at the very top of the pound note scale, but if you’re looking for excellence – it, quite rightly, comes with the according swing tag. If Assos offered a couple of colour accent options and one or two more sizes they would be perfect. Ideal for long hot days in the saddle and will with the Assos known quality, quite likely for several summers.

For more details visit the Assos website.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.