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NVPA BIB/Short Navy

The NVPA BIB/Short Navy is a high-quality piece of clothing aimed at performance riders, with compressive material and a close cut. It's based around a top-notch chamois from Elastic Interface, and they're hardly stupid money either.

The fabric used in these bibs has a compressive nature, which helps fit and reduces muscle fatigue on longer rides. It feels great against the skin, and the compression isn't so high it causes the flat-locked seams to dig into your legs over time.

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The multi-panel construction creates a fit that matches and moves with your body when on the bike, rather than just relying on the stretch of the material; there’s no bunching of the fabric throughout the pedalling motion.

At the hem a large elasticated band stops the legs riding up, and the bib straps use a lightweight fabric with plenty of stretch for the front section.

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The straps have a good width to them, which spreads the load over your shoulders and creates much less pressure than you find on shorts with thinner ones.

Elastic Interface supplies the chamois; the padding thickness tapers from the centre to the outside, and there is a central channel to reduce numbness. Reviewer Stu Kerton never found bunching to be an issue, nor did he suffer with any hot spots against the saddle.

Overall, these bibs offer excellent quality, a great fit and arguably better value for money than the competition.