dhb Blok Bib Short
dhb's Blok bib shorts have been around for a while – Jez reviewed them six years ago and liked them a lot. The current incarnation is just as good, and looks better too. In those six years, the RRP has gone up by only a fiver to £65, which still makes them great value for money.
The main fabric of the bib shorts is an 80% polyamide (nylon), 20% elastane (spandex) mix. It's not quite as supportive as more expensive bib shorts – there's not really any compressive effect.
It's nice to see that dhb is making some effort towards sustainability; the fabrics used are Bluesign approved. This means that harmful substances are removed from the beginning of the manufacturing process and standards for environmentally friendly production are controlled.
The shoulder straps are wide enough not to irritate or dig in, and the rear upper panel is made from a mesh fabric (with a slightly lower elastane content) to aid breathability.
The coloured bands on the legs have a dotted silicone gripper pattern on the inside, which works well to stop the legs riding up.
These shorts use Elastic Interfaces’ 'Nice Anatomic Men' pad. It's engineered with a channel in the middle to relieve pressure and an 'Eco X-tract' top sheet to help remove moisture. dhb says the pad is developed for medium distances of up to three hours in the saddle, but Iwein found these shorts comfortable for longer than that, anything up to five hours.
Overall, the Blok bib shorts look great and will keep you comfortable on short- to medium-distance rides. If you're not looking to ride for longer than that, these are an excellent choice for the money.