Santini Nat Smart Bibshorts review

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Chamois cream (Conotrane) solved the problem completely, but I still prefer Santini's range of more traditional materials.

Reasons to buy
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    Breathable

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    supportive

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Uncomfortable crotch

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I'm a fan of Santini bibshorts - most of my own kit is made by the Italian brand.



These shorts fit really well and Santini's latest NAT (Next, Airflow, Thermoshock) pad offers day-long comfort.

Why the designers thought that white was a good idea still baffles me, though.

The only other thing I wasn't so keen on was the feel of the slightly coarse mesh fabric around the crotch.

While it may offer better venting compared to smoother, non-perforated Lycra, it caused slight rubbing in delicate places on rides of three hours or more.

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