Super breathable fabric makes these an excellent summer choice, just a bit too cool for the rest of the shorts season.
Excellent and flattering fit
Barely there feeling straps
These athletic fitting Scott Women's RC Pro bibshorts fitted perfectly, finding the perfect equilibrium - skin tight without over-compressing of body parts. The semi-transparent side mesh panels which run down the side of the short legs may make some riders feel self-conscious, but they did a great ventilation job on a hot ride and keep the overall short weight and bulk to an absolute minimum.
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Using a raw finish on the wide and tacky leg gripper meant the short was held securely in place without over compressing the thigh, giving a flattering silhouette.
The slim line foam chamois delivered both in terms of comfort and suppleness and the bibstraps were unnoticeable once on the shoulders, and, thanks to the lightweight breathable mesh upper, didn’t interfere with baselayer selection.
With all this breathability and ventilation, the shorts excelled on really hot days in the saddle, but it will limit their usability outside this limited weather window.
The only other elephant in the room is colour selection. With just Ocean Blue and Berry Purple to choose from, these are nigh on impossible to match with an existing cycling wardrobe, so you’ll need a matching jersey before sitting astride your velo.
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Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011.
She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including pro peloton team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand.
For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won 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.
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