adidas has gradually been ramping up its cycle clothing offering in the last couple of years and it has been taking the fight to its rivals with some of the lightest clothing ever made. The adizero jersey it released last year claimed to be the lightest in the world, and it has now added matching bib shorts, which along with the new socks, provides a complete outfit weight (claimed) of just 200g. That’s impressively light, adidas reckons it’s the lightest cycling kit ever released to the market.
The new adizero Evasus bib shorts have a claimed weight of just 99g and achieve this low weight by using a very lightweight Lycra fabric, which is 73% nylon and 27% elastane tricot. Woven stretch insert panels contribute to the close fit and offer compressive qualities. The fabric also provides UV protection, a good thing when dealing with very thin fabrics.
The bib straps are bonded to save weight and the TrailingEdge Hems are laser cut with gripper details. Inside the shorts is a TMF padded insert with variable thickness foam, so it’s more deeply padded where you need it the most. adidas say it’s a chamois good for 6-hours of riding.
The adizero Evasus bib shorts cost £120 are are available now. The matching adizero ankle socks don’t have a confirmed price yet. The adizero kit is available now from www.adidascycling.co.uk
The new adizero Evasus bib shorts go with the adizero jersey which weighs a scant 65g - when we reviewed the jersey the size large weighed 70g. It’s made mostly from a lightweight mesh material that is breathable and fast drying, with stretchy shoulder and arm panels for a closer fit.
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.