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Verdict: 
Top quality, fit and comfort for just £60, what more do you want?
Weight: 
172g
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www.sportful.com
Sportful Giro bib shorts
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Proving that you don't have to spend a couple of hundred quid on a pair of cycling bib shorts are these £60 Sportful Giro shorts, which put in a superb performance with great comfort and fit.

Sportful Giro Bibshort - riding.jpg

Sportful Giro Bibshort - riding.jpg

The shorts are made to Sportful's usual excellent standard, and the fit is just as good as its more expensive products. An eight-panel Elast-X fabric construction with contrast flatlock stitching provides a nice fit around the legs and bum, with no excess fabric to ripple in the wind or areas of tightness to detect.

Sportful Giro Bibshort - pad.jpg

Sportful Giro Bibshort - pad.jpg

You don't get a posh all-singing-all-dancing padded insert in these shorts, but the updated Comfort Plus belies its simple appearance by providing excellent comfort. I've used them for four to five hours in the saddle with no ill effect; comfort doesn't really seem to suffer compared to more expensive shorts with fancier inserts.

Where it does struggle a little is in very hot weather when you're generating a lot of sweat. It appears to hold on to moisture a little longer than better-ventilated inserts, but it's within acceptable limits. You're not exactly getting a soggy bum, it's just noticeable when tested alongside more advanced inserts. For the majority of British weather riding it's not a factor though.

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Sportful Giro Bibshort - cuff.jpg

One of the nicest details on these shorts is the newly updated leg band, which not only sets them apart from rival shorts but also those costing twice as much. A wide band of elastic material around the front of the short opening is a fabulous solution in an area that many much more expensive shorts fall short. The elastic material applies just enough pressure to keep the hem in place without being restrictive. A little silicone detailing on the inside also helps but isn't irritating against the skin. I'd be happy with this approach on far more expensive shorts.

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Sportful Giro Bibshort - straps front.jpg

Bib straps are made from a lightweight mesh material with enough length to stretch comfortably over the shoulders. There's no irritation if the bib straps sit against the skin but I always prefer to wear a base layer under the bib straps for extra comfort and sweat mopping duties. The back panel is made from the same mesh material and helps with pulling moisture away from your back.

Sportful Giro Bibshort - back.jpg

Sportful Giro Bibshort - back.jpg

The Giro shorts are available in sizes XS to 3XL and eight colours so you can match them to your favourite jersey.

Verdict

Top quality, fit and comfort for just £60, what more do you want?

road.cc test report

Make and model: Sportful Giro Bibshort

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?

An update to our popular Giro bibshort that combines race-ready comfort and features with exceptional value.

Eight-panel construction, flat-lock stitching, 210g Elast-X fabric, mesh bibs, lie-flat jacquard elastic leg endings and our updated Comfort Pro seat pad give this short the features of a high-end short but at an amazing value.

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

Elast-X 210g compression fabric to help prevent muscle fatigue

8-panel anatomic construction

Mesh back on bib straps

Partial jacquard elastic with silicone grip dots

Flat-lock stitching on selected seams

Comfort Pro seat pad

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Solid construction and top build quality

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Great performance at a great price

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Have been just fine so far

Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10

Fit is a little more generous than some of Sportful's racier shorts which is no bad thing if you're not actually racing

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

Found the sizing just right

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10

The comfort of the padded insert is not quite in the same league as more expensive shorts but it's jolly close

Rate the product for value:
 
10/10

This much performance and design at this price has to be applauded, a reminder you don't have to spend a fortune these days

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No problems at all

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Provides good comfort for short and long rides, ideal for longer sportives

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The elasticated leg openings are the real highlight, but the padded insert is worth a mention too

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Can't find anything to fault really

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Top performance at a knockdown price, the Giro shorts are an excellent short even if you're not on a tight budget

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180cm  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

3 comments

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D S [3 posts] 1 month ago
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How you found the sizing "just right" is beyond me.

I own two pairs of those in XL, when on all other brands I am between a M and a L...

Did you not at least find those straps to be waaay too short for your height?

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rjfrussell [390 posts] 1 month ago
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We're a funny bunch, cyclists.  Save for very "specialist" publications I can't imagine there are many other takers for articles that focus on the writer's arse sweat.

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sammutd88 [44 posts] 1 month ago
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I like a bit of the Sportful gear, but I think even at this price point, they could’ve made the pad slightly more breathable. Maybe 4 stars.