Sound, well-made shorts with impressive leather-esque padding
Nalini Corniola bib shorts
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The best feature of these shorts is the seat pad. It’s synthetic but feels very similar to chamois leather and you can even apply chamois cream if you like old-school lubrication.

It comes with hundreds of little perforations which add ventilation, it’s stretchy enough to fit closely and, despite being just a uniform density, provides enough padding for long-ride comfort without being noticeably bulky. A Coolmax surround is equally good at moisture management.

Lightweight Lycra makes these shorts particularly suited to warmer weather and the mesh bib section holds them in place well without raising the temperature. The seams aren’t flat-stitched but none of them bothered us while the elasticated leg grippers worked just fine without being irritating.

Available in sizes S-2XL and in black and black/red designs too.


Sound, well-made shorts with impressive leather-esque padding

road.cc test report

Make and model: Nalini Corniola bib shorts

Size tested: XL

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, decent performance

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? For warmer weather

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 184cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   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: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.