Craft Active bike Logo bibs  £55.00

7/10

Good quality for the money, and the blue isn't compulsory

Weight 165g   Contact  www.craft.se

by John Stevenson   June 18, 2014  

Craft's base model shorts, the Active Bike bibs are well-made and comfortable, and fortunately you can get them in colour schemes other than this lairy electric blue.

If you had to list the features and level of quality you'd expect from £55 bib shorts, Craft's Active bibs are exactly what you'd expect: tidy, flat-locked stitch construction; mesh bibs; silicone leg grippers; and a nicely-shaped but simple pad.

That feature set adds up to shorts that are comfortable for a couple or three hours of riding, but don't quite cosset your bum enough for longer rides. I found that if I wore them for full days out I wasn't as comfortable at the end as if I'd been wearing my favourite Gore Bike Wear shorts - but the Gores are twice the price.

I think there are two reasons why the Crafts don't perform quite as well for the long haul. The fabric is a fairly light and very stretchy 80:20 Nylon/Lycra mix that's not quite as firm and compressive as that used for more expensive shorts. The pad is a simple one-piece number with variable-thickness foam and a surface that's not quite as forgiving against the skin as spendier pads.

Don't get me wrong; these are not at all bad shorts. The lighter fabric means they're cool on hot days, and they're perfectly comfortable, as long as you don't expect to sit on the saddle for five hours at a time in them. The wide, lightly siliconed leg bands are particularly good, avoiding that feeling of strangled thighs you can get from some grippers.

Sizing is generous. I vary between an L and an XL, and could probably have got away with L rather than these XL samples. If you're used to Italian sizing, you will definitely want to go down at least one size.

It might be just me, but I found the fit a little loose around the crotch. They're fine from waist to shoulders and around the body, but there was a little too much fabric around my genitals. Maybe I just need more tension to keep my massive equipment under control (yes, that'll be it - ed).

Verdict

Good quality for the money, and the blue isn't compulsory

road.cc test report

Make and model: Craft Active bike Logo bibs

Size tested: XL, Flame

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?

Flatlock Seams

Silicone Print on Bottom of legs

Craft active pad

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Craft Active Pad

The active pad is designed to suit all kinds of riders and make every ride a comfortable experience. It's a seamless, laser cut, antimicrobial and gender specific pad made of certified fabrics and foams of the highest quality. The active pad provides the right support for cycling movement thanks to 4-way stretch fabrics and an anatomic sitting area.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Tidy stitching, no loose threads.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Comfortable for medium-length rides; pretty much what you'd expect for the money

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They're bright BLUE! But then, I have no taste.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Feeling like the tackle wasn't quite under control.

Did you enjoy using the product? They were okay

Would you consider buying the product? No - I'd spend a bit more for better quality

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes if their budget and ride aspiration fitted

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Firmer fabric, a better pad or a lower price might pull these up to 8, but they're exactly what you'd expect from decent £55 bib shorts, so they score a 7 overall.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 5ft 11in  Weight: 85kg

I usually ride: Scapin Style  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding,

 

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