Merlin Wear Elite bib shorts review

Merlin's clothing range is very reasonably priced, but how do its top-of-the-range bibshorts at £55 match up to the competition?

Merlin Wear Elite bib shorts
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Merlin Wear Elite bib shorts are a nice technical pair of bibs with really good pad and a closer fit than many UK brands’ offerings and at a great price

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable pad

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    Close fit

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    Light fabrics good for warm conditions

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    Single layer leg grippers

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Reasons to avoid
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    Seams not all flatlocked

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Merlin Cycles has steadily expanded its own brand range in recent years. It has quite a range of bikes and now offers clothing too. And these Merlin Wear Elite bib shorts are really very good.

Often UK brands’ own brand kit comes up quite generous, but that isn’t the case with these bibs. They fit closely, particularly off the bike, but feel just right once out riding. The close fit also ensures that the pad stays in place very well, so I did not experience any discomfort – or really notice it at all – even on longer rides.

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