Santini Legend bib shorts review

From start to finish, the Santini Legend bib shorts are packed with performance specific features, but will they meet expectations?

Santini Legend bib shorts
(Image credit: Hannah Bussey)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The women's specific Santini Legend bib shorts are all about long days in the saddle for great value. The fabric, fit and padding are all geared this way, enabling the rider to crack on with cranking the pedals round. Perfect for long distance cycling - though personally I found the eight hour ready chamois a bit too thick.

Reasons to buy
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    UV protection

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    Muscle compression

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    Adjustable bib length

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    Secure leg gripper

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    Long distance comfort

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    Aerodynamic optimised fit

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Reasons to avoid
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    Over head strap

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    Chamios won't suit all riders

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In a market awash with black shorts, it can be tricky to stand out, but boasting a long list of technical attributes, the Santini Legend bib shorts have managed to do just that.

The Santini Legend fabric kicks it all off. The shorts namesake material comes with a wealth of properties that puts some of the other, more expensive, bib shorts to shame. To start with there's the Anti-UV protection that the Legend fabric offers, this is mostly down to the density of the fabric in that no matter how much stretch applied, remains a solid block of black with zero transparency.

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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.