Sportful BodyFit Pro bib shorts review

The Sportful BodyFit Pro bib shorts may have an above average price-tag, but can they match this with performance and comfort?

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Sportful BodyFit Pro bib shorts are very comfy whether you're riding long or hard, although the colour scheme may be hard to match to the rest of your kit.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable pad

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    Well designed bibs

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    Sleek finish

Reasons to avoid
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    Colours may not be to taste

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The price may be slightly above par, but if there's one bit of kit you don't want to skimp on, it's bib shorts. Thankfully the Sportful Bodyfit Pro bib shorts deliver exactly the performance and comfort that you’d expect for this sort of price.

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The basis for these excellent shorts is the superb Total Comfort Pro pad, which offers the right level of padding to make long days in the saddle a breeze, without being overly bulky and getting in the way when riding hard in a low, aggressive position.

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The TC Pro pad is comfortable on long rides without being overly bulky
(Image credit: mike prior)

I was also impressed by the wide mesh bibs on the Sportful Bodyfit Pro bib shorts, which are both comfortable and supportive, with the wide strap meaning that there they never dug into my shoulders. The bibs are also finished cleanly, something which can be said for everything with these shorts, with the flat-lock stitching and smooth Aero Flow lycra fabric giving a really smart look.

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However despite the excellent comfort and performance, I'm not so convinced by the Sportful's choice of colours. As well as the blue, grey, and yellow shorts shown here, they're also available in grey and red, and turquoise, grey and orange. Admittedly these colours look really smart when paired with some of Sportful's 2015 summer jerseys (particularly the corresponding Bodyfit Pro Team jersey), but might be a little tricky to match with your existing cycling wardrobe.

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The colour scheme might not be to everyone's taste
(Image credit: mike prior)

Finally, as an added "pro" touch (these are the same shorts used by Alberto Contador and co. over at Tinkoff-Saxo, just without the luminous yellow colour scheme) there's even a pouch on the back of the bibs to hold your team radio.

For more details visit the Sportful website (opens in new tab).

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