The Craft Monument Bib Shorts are a great pair of cycling shorts with a comfortable pad, strong grippers and plenty of stretch in the fabric to allow unrestricted movement.
- Pros: Well made, comfortable pad, strong grippers
- Cons: More flatlock stitching would be good...
The shorts are designed to go with the Monument range of jerseys and caps that pay homage to some of cycling's biggest Classic races such as Milan-San Remo, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Flanders and the Giro di Lombardia.
As with all bib shorts, the most important element is undoubtedly the pad, although pad comfort is, of course, subjective. Here, Craft has used its own Infinity C2 design with multiple foam densities. I found it very comfortable, and the flatlock stitching along the edges means there are no problems with irritation when pedalling. Having used the shorts on several longer rides I found that the pad could easily cope with over three hours in the saddle.
Craft has used a Lycra Sport Energy material with a four-way stretch, with two panels being used on each leg. They offer a good range of movement and also an excellent fit. There's flatlock stitching on the legs, but it's not used throughout the shorts, such as between the top and bottom. Once you get going you can't really feel it though, and I didn't notice the seams at all through an underlayer.
Additionally, Craft claims that these bib shorts offer light compression to help with muscle performance. That's a hard one to measure; all I can really say is that they feel comfortably tight without restricting movement.
The legs are kept in place by a wide elastic hem with silicone grippers. It works really well – I certainly didn't notice them riding up at all throughout the review period.
The shorts section seems about right size-wise, with the front sitting midway up my abdominals, so nature breaks were pretty simple and there wasn't a huge amount of material building up heat.
The back and straps are made from a stretchy mesh, with the straps being wide enough to prevent any twisting or rubbing, and the hemmed edges mean they're comfortable throughout longer rides.
Ventilation through the mesh is decent and the Lycra material used throughout the leg section quickly moves moisture away from the skin while also being very quick drying, which also helps with comfort.
With an RRP of £110, these bib shorts are in the mid-range performance bracket, and with the material choices and comfortable pad it doesn't seem an excessive price. Mind you, I would like to see more flatlock stitching used for bibs over £100. They are up against some stiff competition, too, including from Castelli and Northwave.
Overall, these are a very good pair of bib shorts. They have a comfortable pad, good material choice, and allow a nice range of movement. And if you like the design, you can pair them with the Monument jersey and the Monument cap – in various Classics designs…
A well made and comfortable pair of bib shorts, good for longer rides
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Craft Monument Bib Shorts Unisex
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
Craft says, "Sublimated, elastic body-control bib shorts with excellent moisture transport and C2 pad."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Semi-elastic material with light compression
Moisture-wicking in seat area
Anatomical cut with flatlock seams
Comfortable Lycra leg hem with silicone print
UV protection UPF 50+
They are very well made with a good choice of material and strong stitching throughout.
Performed very well throughout the review, with a comfortable multi-density pad and plenty of stretch to allow for a range of movement.
No reason to suspect they won't last a long time.
The fit is very good, thanks in no small part to the stretch in the fabric allowing them to adapt to different shapes.
The mediums I tested sized up as expected for a Northern European brand.
Really strong performing pad and stretch material make for very comfortable bib shorts.
I'd like to see flatlock stitching throughout for this kind of money, but they're on par with others at this price.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy – washed them five or six times on 30 degrees with no issues at all.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They performed very well, offering good support and comfort on longer rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The grippers on the bottom are really effective and subtle – a nice touch.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Would be good to have more flatlock stitching on a set of bib shorts over £100.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
They're good bib shorts, supportive and comfortable while also offering a good range of movement thanks to the stretch in the fabric. Flatlock stitching throughout would be nice, but it's not a big enough niggle to affect the score.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.