Sportful Classic Women's Bib Shorts review - sometimes simple is the best

A great-performing pair of bib shorts without any unnecessary bells and whistles

Female cyclist wearing the Sportful Women's Classic Bib Shorts
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Sportful Classic Women's Bib Short is perfect for those who want a well-performing pair of bib shorts. It doesn't have any of the modern day features of pockets, easy-pee systems or funky colours but just focuses on the essentials of an excellent fit and feel.

Reasons to buy
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    Minimal and flat seams

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    Leg-openings don't have elasticated band so very comfortable and low-thigh bulge risk

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    Great feel

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    Comfortable chamois

Reasons to avoid
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    Bib straps a little on the short side

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    No easy-pee system

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    Black bib section may show under pale tops

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As the name suggests the Sportful Classic Women's bib shorts are designed just to do the simple things – like fit and comfort – without additional features like cargo pockets and easy-pee systems.

We reviewed these alongside other fuss-free bibs from Rapha (Women's Core Bib Shorts) and Velocio (Women's Foundation bib shorts) as well as the rest of our best women’s bib shorts.  

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Rachel has been writing about and reviewing bike tech for the last 10 years. Cynical by nature, Rachel never really trusts the marketing hype and prefers to give products a mighty good testing before deciding whether they're worth buying or not. 

Rachel's first riding love is mountain biking where she's been European and UK 24hr Champion on more than one occasion. She's not just confined to the trails though and regularly rides - and occasionally races - on gravel and road too.