Sealskinz Waterproof bib shorts review

With wet conditions holding sway, we've been testing Sealskinz's fully waterproof bib shorts

Sealskinz waterproof bibshorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Sealskinz’s bibshorts boast impressive features for wet rides in milder conditions. There’s a comfortable pad too. The fit is close, though, and I found the short bibstraps uncomfortable.

Reasons to buy
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    Fully waterproof with taped seams

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    Windproof fabric

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    Breathable enough to remain comfortable

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    Quality pad with low friction facing

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    Reasonable price

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Reasons to avoid
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    Short bibs are uncomfortable

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    Sizing is a bit Italian – you may need to size up

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These Sealskinz waterproof bib shorts are new for this year. Along with waterproof bib tights and a waterproof jacket, they form part of a range of clothing which broadens Sealskinz’s remit from waterproof accessories to keeping your whole body dry on wet rides – the sort of weather you can expect at any time in the UK.

Unlike many water-resistant cycling shorts, the Sealskinz waterproof bib shorts are fully waterproof, with the parts exposed to the rain made of a three-layer laminate which incorporates a middle waterproof breathable membrane. All the seams are internally tape-sealed too, to keep out the wet.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.