Mavic Essential bib shorts review

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Mavic’s entry level bib shorts have lots of nice technical features and are well cut. The pad is high quality and comfortable too, leading to a good value package that works well even for longer summer rides.

Reasons to buy
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    Quality pad

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    Comfortable straps

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    Single layer leg grippers

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    Well cut

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Reasons to avoid
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There’s a host of bibshorts offering high end features with extravagant price tags. But the Mavic Essential bibshorts bring that performance to a more affordable price, with an excellent pad, comfortable grippers and bibs and good fit. That’s gained Mavic’s entry level bibshorts a place on our Editor’s Choice list of the best kit we’ve used in 2018.

The Mavic Essential bib shorts are the cheapest in Mavic’s line-up but still pack in lots of quality technical features, for comfortable longer rides in warmer conditions.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.