Adidas' Supernova bib shorts are designed for longer rides. While you might expect Good Things from a brand with heritage, the Supernova bib shorts don't quite deliver.
The Supernova shorts are part of the Adidas Formotion range, designed to follow the natural movement of sport for a better fit and a greater comfort in motion.
These bibs are made from a combination of nylon and Lycra tricot. The shoulder straps use a meshed version of this material for better breathability. The pad is a Cytech Endurance 2 seat pad. Naturally, the make's iconic stripes are incorporated in the design, on the sides of the legs, in reflective material. The hems on the thighs have gripper dots.
I found the pad itself to work very well, even on all-day rides. The overall feel of the shorts, however, I was less happy with. The fabric doesn't feel that nice against the skin; it feels like it belongs on much cheaper shorts. It's also really stretchy, so the seat pad can move around a bit, and I didn't get that feeling of support around the thighs I'm used to from other bib shorts in this price bracket.
I have wondered whether these are simply too big for me, and whether a size smaller would work better. Thing is though, they don't feel too big. It seems to me that they are like this by design.
A other issue is that the silicone gripper dots aren't strong enough to stop the stretchy fabric riding up the thighs. It's a niggle, rather than annoying.
Looks are subjective and all that, but these don't do it for me. I like a pair of black bib shorts without big logos. Much easier to colour co-ordinate with the rest of the wardrobe.
Just to put everything into a bit of perspective, these aren't awful, and it's not like I won't wear them ever again. It's just that they won't ever be first pick, and are likely to be worn underneath tights. That way, I don't have to feel self-conscious about wearing them, and good tights should stop things moving around quite so much and the legs riding up.
Decent pad for all day comfort, but the fabric feels cheap and is too stretchy
road.cc test report
Make and model: Adidas Supernova bib shorts
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
When the training time goes up, the right shorts make all the difference. These classically styled men's cycling bib shorts blend comfort and performance thanks to FORMOTION® design for natural fit and a CyTech Endurance 2 pad for extended hours on the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
o 25 cm inseam (size 50)
o FORMOTION® follows the natural movement of sport for a better fit and greater comfort in motion
o Open front with shoulder straps; Racer back; Doubled and folded fabric on leg cuffs with silicone dots inside hem to help prevent riding up
o CyTech Endurance 2 seat pad provides up to six hours of comfortable riding; Soft upper material for enhanced moisture management
o Colourblocked; Reflective details
o 78% nylon / 22% elastane tricot
The pad is good, but the fabric is too stretchy.
Bib shorts with an equally good pad but more supportive fabric can be found cheaper.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
While the pad worked well and saddle comfort was fine, the fabric is not supportive enough for me; they feel too stretchy.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I prefer bibshorts with a more supportive feel around the thighs.
Did you enjoy using the product? Not really.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The Adidas Supernova bib shorts have a good pad, but the fabric is not supportive enough for my liking. If you can try them on and they work for you, they'll serve you well.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 1.78m Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: All of them! My best bike is: Cannondale CAAD10
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,