The Sportswear Edge bib shorts from Hincapie fall short in comfort, fit and performance, but the reflectivity is a smart feature for commuting and evening rides.
The Edge bib shorts are Hincapie's third-tier offering and are made from TourTek Compressor fabric. It's very stretchy on account of the Lycra content so they provide good support to the legs, with a slight hint of compression. The shiny appearance is an acquired taste though, and in combination with the yellow contrast stitching, they're not for the shy.
Fit is good around the legs and waist. The wide bib straps are made from a mesh fabric helping to keep you cool on hot days, and aid moisture evaporation by the base layer. The same mesh fabric also extends to the back panel
The leg openings feature a wide band of HyperOptic Lycra fabric; there's no silicone gripper tape. Unfortunately the hem isn't elastic enough to stop the shorts from riding up your legs. This proved to be a continual problem when testing these shorts, and I don't exactly have the skinniest legs either.
That HyperOptic fabric however has a neat trick of being highly reflective when in the dazzle of car headlights, without looking like reflective material in daylight. This makes them great for commuting and for those fond of riding at night.
Inside the shorts is Hincapie's Pro Chamois. It's a simple seamless insert with an an anatomical shape, and multi-density foam. Although it's more generously padding in the sit bones area, I struggled with comfort on every test ride in these shorts. Even on short blasts they proved uncomfortable. I wouldn't even entertain an all-day ride in these shorts.
I wanted to like these shorts as the concealed reflectivity feature makes them a bonus for evening rides. Ultimately they don't deliver the comfort a bib short should do. They also slide up the legs continually and the shiny fabric is less than appealing.
These are best avoided, there are far better bib shorts available at this price.
Nice reflectivity but fail to deliver comfort and performance.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Hincapie Sportswear Edge Bibshorts
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?
The ultimate combination of style, speed and comfort with a hidden reflective surface
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Durable TourTek™ Compressor fabric provides a supple yet durable fit that moves with your body while retaining shape and firmness to provide compressive support
SPF 50+ rating for superior UVA/UVB protection
Sleek, no-elastic, no-gripper comfort leg band using HyperOptic™ Elastane with a hidden reflective surface
Soft, aerating power stretch Diamond™ Mesh upper dries quickly to help regulate temperature
Seamless, anatomical, multi-density Pro Chamois with perforated foam inserts and center relief channel moves with the rider
They're well made and contain some nice features like the mesh bib straps and hidden reflectivity.
Poor. The leg openings slide up the legs, and the chamois doesn't provide much comfort at all.
No concern with durability, but they now spend most of their time at the bottom of my wardrobe.
Least comfortable bib shorts I've ever tested
They're discounted at Evans Cycles at the moment but even at the lower price, I wouldn't recommend them.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The hidden reflectivity is a very smart idea
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The shiny fabric, chamois and slidey legs
Did you enjoy using the product? No.
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?
There are much better shorts available at this price.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
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.