Rapha Cargo bib shorts review

The perfect long distance short?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Barring my one issue with regards the breathability of the front panel Rapha's Cargo is without doubt one of the best pairs of bib shorts I have ever used. Supremely comfortable, perfect fit and well thought out features, it will be the one pair of shorts I chose when I want to smash out big mile, multi-day rides.

Reasons to buy
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    Long distance comfort

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Reasons to avoid
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    Front waist panel could be more breathable

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When first launched the Rapha Cargo short made quite a stir and divided opinion as to the relative merit of storing items on your legs that would normally have a home in jersey pockets. Personally I couldn't see the point and dismissed them as a gimmick. That was until I started to focus on long distance rides and now, I am most definitely a convert. After well over 1500 miles of wearing them in the past couple of months, I can safely say the Rapha Cargo short quite possibly is the best pair of shorts I have ever worn.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.