Santini Tono bib shorts review

Santini pitches the Tono bib shorts at hot summer rides. We’ve tested them in more temperate British conditions

Santini Tono bibshorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Santini’s Tono bib shorts are a premium product, with a good fit and comfortable to ride for five hours or more. They have some good technical features, but they’re not quite as light or as airy as some competing summer bib shorts.

Reasons to buy
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    Good fit

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    Built-in leg grippers

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    Wide straps

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    Comfortable pad

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    Flashy looks

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Reasons to avoid
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    Quite pricey

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    White pad

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    Not as lightweight as some summer bib shorts

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The Santini Tono bib shorts are towards the premium end of the brand’s range. Their key feature is the built-in leg grippers. The leg fabric is raw edged and there’s a 7cm-wide area of small silicone dot grippers printed on their inner surface, in what Santini calls a tattoo effect. This ensures that the legs stay in place very well and without the grippers being noticeable.

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