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Santini Redux Istinto Women's Bib Shorts

Santini’s Redux Istinto Women’s shorts earn their place in Recommends thanks to a super-clean look, body-hugging feel, high quality finish, and an outstanding chamois. The price is high but, despite the obvious race focus, these shorts are pretty versatile.

These shorts are seriously comfy, a ‘huggy’ feel translating into a miraculously forgiving look that soaks up bumps and lines. The fabric is a mix of polyamide, nylon and elastane with a very clean aesthetic, which is further aided by the general lack of seams.

The straps – a stunning peacock colour on the inside – are raw cut and neat. They are pleasingly wide and feature Santini’s new crossover racer-back design which creates a section of airflow across the lower back.


The bib shorts’ upper is constructed with a ‘tattoo effect’ fitter fabric which is dotted with little holes for breathability. This black panel is wide and secure.

Santini’s C3W chamois is a high point for an already impressive pair of bib shorts. It feels more robust than all-foam options owing to gel pads. Beyond the gel inserts is multi-density foam, with an impressive 1in taper which aids a smooth look once on.

The result is seriously comfortable with no sitbone or soft tissue issues. After a long review period, there were no hotspots or rubs.

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The legs are a compressive and robust-feeling fabric while the grippers feature no less than two inches of honeycomb-shaped silicone, and they stick to your legs superbly.

Overall, it’s hard to fault these shorts.