Le Col Women's Hors Categorie bib shorts review

With the sole purpose is to be the most comfortable pair of short's on the market, the Le Col Women's Hors Categorie bib shorts have certainly thrown down the gauntlet. But do they deliver on target?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Le Col Women's Hors Categorie bib shorts are incredibly likeable due to their simplicity, comfort and ability to deliver in a wide range of riding conditions. However, they're not quite outstanding, which may make some question the price tag. 

Reasons to buy
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    Overal Fit

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    Strap design

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    Comfortable chamois

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    Simplicity of design

Reasons to avoid
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    Short in length

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    Not outstanding in class

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It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly six months since I saw the last lot of Le Col women's Hors Categorie range of kit. That time it was the Le Col Hors Catégorie jacket that pledged to be your ultimate winter riding partner, and to be fair I rather liked it, and it did indeed get me through some painfully cold riding.

Buy now: Le Col Women's Hors Categorie bib shorts from Le Col for £180 

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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.