Santini Unico Men’s Bib Shorts
The Unico bib shorts combine a great pad, Luxuriously soft fabric with high stretch, and minimal seams to create a package that really works even for long days in the saddle. Our reviewer said that these are as good as any bibs he's used which isn't bad considering they're also cheaper than many top-end offerings.
Santini has used a raft of elements aimed at minimising discomfort on the bike, the most significant of which is the C3 seat pad which is usually found on Santini's more expensive bibs. The variable thicknesses, perforations and gel inserts under the ischiatic bones mean that we found the bibs were well up to the job of eight-hour rides.
Elsewhere, microfibre fabric has been used which is soft and luxurious to the touch, with more stretch than traditional lycra. There are very few seams, in fact, below the waist, there is just one thermo-welded seam running down the inside of each thigh. The leg ends and bib straps are raw cut with no silicone or other grippers and the stretchy fabric does a pretty good job of keeping them in place with a 'barely there' feeling.
The combination of pad, fabric and minimal seams here really works even for long days in the saddle and these perform just as well as much more expensive bibs.