Lusso Pro Team bib shorts are comfortable thanks to a surprisingly good gel pad, and good value.
Lusso are a proudly British brand, unlike the many clothing companies that rely on their continental heritage. Besides the logo with union jack, the design still reminds me of higher end Castellis and Santanis. With a large silk-screen logo across both thighs and large embossed leg grippers, the inspiration is distantly 'euro'.
I'm generally a medium in most shorts. I was afraid when the medium Lussos arrived that they would be a little on the large size, as the cut appeared quite generous. Putting them on however, the fit was solid - I think the prominent white stitching binding the classic panelled design made them look a little larger than they are. The shorts are still quite long in the leg, with large elastic leg gripper (5in) and a silicone bead ensuring they still hold well. Carbon effect bib straps have plenty of give in them to suit a range of heights, while keeping the shorts snug to the lower body.
Another of my concerns when the shorts first arrived was the choice of chamois pad. From reading the site, a comfortable chamois is the founder's main reason for starting the business some 30 years ago so one would hope they got this on right. The pad is of the gel variety, quite thin and with prominent contours, which from experience of similar designs lead me to think it would not be up to much on the bike.
Thankfully this wasn't the case and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of comfort that the pad provides. The contours allow it to move with the rider, creating a positively unnoticeable bond between the bike; fitting neatly around the groin. It manages to be lightweight whilst providing a great level of cushioning. Over a number of hours' riding, the comfort didn't subside.
In terms of durability, the shorts are well constructed and I can't see any points likely to fall apart. The only sign of wear after a couple of washes were the small Lusso logos (not the large ones on the thigh), starting to peel off. They're those heat applied labels that always start peeling so I'm not sure why they bothered, second the fact that I'd probably prefer the shorts without them, as the red clashes with the white and black theme throughout.
The Lusso Pro Gel Racing are a quality pair of bib shorts with plenty of comfort from a well chosen chamois pad. Fit is good and perhaps tailored more towards the British build than the Italian sizing of the big names, which will no doubt suit many readers. With an RRP of £75, they aren't cheap but don't break the often-broken £100 mark either - I think £75 is an honest price and presents good value for these shorts. If you're after a comfortable pair of shorts from a British brand these from Lusso would make a sound choice.
Quality bib shorts with plenty of comfort from a well chosen chamois pad.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Lusso Pro Team 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?
'High performance bib shorts' is all Lusso give away. They're not at the top end of performance but certainly do the job for £75
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Carbon Leg Grippers
Pro gel Insert - with double stitching
Carbon Mesh Back and Straps
Exclusive only 100 made
Red or Black Lusso Print
No issues here, a classic paneled design without any inner seams to cause chaffing.
Comfortable and provided a good fit.
The heat applied brand labels have started to peel after a couple of washes.
A good level of padding and a lot more comfortable than I was expecting. Better than others I've tried at this price point.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
As a pair of bib shorts they were up to the task.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The large elastic leg gripper holds the lower thigh well and look good at the same time.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The red and black heat applied brand labels that started peeling off anyway.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Probably.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
I usually ride: Giant TCR Advanced 1 My best bike is: Giant TCR Advanced 1
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, club rides, mtb,