Support road.cc

Like this site? Help us to make it better.

review

Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Men’s

8
£149.99

VERDICT:

8
10
Great cut, quality and comfort, though the windproof front may get toasty on the hottest days
Great pad
Great cut
Very comfortable
Strongly made
Windproof crotch is a touch warmer than most
Weight: 
215g

At road.cc every product is thoroughly tested for as long as it takes to get a proper insight into how well it works. Our reviewers are experienced cyclists that we trust to be objective. While we strive to ensure that opinions expressed are backed up by facts, reviews are by their nature an informed opinion, not a definitive verdict. We don't intentionally try to break anything (except locks) but we do try to look for weak points in any design. The overall score is not just an average of the other scores: it reflects both a product's function and value – with value determined by how a product compares with items of similar spec, quality, and price.

What the road.cc scores mean

Good scores are more common than bad, because fortunately good products are more common than bad.

  • Exceptional
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Quite good
  • Average
  • Not so good
  • Poor
  • Bad
  • Appalling

The Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Men's are great – well shaped, well made and very comfortable all over. They even have a chill-stopping panel for your gentleman's leisure area if you only want to feel the wind in some of your hair... though the extra insulation it brings may be unwelcome on the hottest days.

These aren't exactly cheap, but they don't feel it either. The seams are strong and neat, and they're flatlocked where necessary for comfort – with one exception. The Windstopper panel rising from the crotch only has overlocked seams, and just occasionally one could just slightly chafe at my inner thigh and need rearranging. It was a very minor issue, but flatlocked seams here may have avoided it altogether.

The panels swoop around to sit with (and move with) your body naturally, and the various fabrics feel tough yet light. The feel, overall, is of quality.

2022 Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens - legs back.jpg

The leg ends are raw cut with effective silicone grippers inside, and I found they hardly rode up at all. At the other end the bibs are a thin and very open fabric for good breathability and stretch, while the elastic straps themselves are more or less mesh.

2022 Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens - cuff gripper.jpg

I found these shorts very secure and their straps entirely comfortable; they seem very well judged for fit.

2022 Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens - straps detail.jpg

The front is reasonably low and straight for (presumably) easy comfort breaks, though it's not so low that it makes jersey length critical. In the small of the back there's a radio pocket if you're a pro racer, or the perfect spot for a Wagon Wheel if you're not.

2022 Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens - back.jpg

You also get low-key but effective reflectives in the Gore logo on the back and dotted lines on the legs.

2022 Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens - cuff logo.jpg

I found the pad excellent. It's pretty thick and soft around the centre, yet manages not to feel unusually bulky or uncomfortable, and as it's also very springy it resists squashing down and losing its padding effect. The thickness tapers away heavily towards the edges for a comfortable fit.

2022 Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens - chamois.jpg

Gore says these are for 'warm weather,' but unfortunately no warm weather was supplied with our test pair. Tsk tsk. Certainly I was happy in these on 12-15°C days without leg warmers – they're fairly long, as are most shorts these days – but I'm not convinced they'll be the best choice for high summer.

That's simply because of the double layer of fabric at the front. Although it's 'vented', in that it's not sewn down on every edge inside to allow some airflow, two layers are inevitably thicker than one and can trap a bit more heat. I occasionally felt a little warm and can imagine these getting a bit sweaty on the hottest days – though, in the absence of hottest days, I can't say for sure.

Value

At £149.99 these are definitely at the premium end, up against the likes of the excellent NVPA bib shorts Stu tested last year at £145 or Le Col's Pro bib shorts, up from £160 when Matt tested them last year to £170. The latter work well, but are disappointingly finished given the price.

> Buyer’s Guide: 10 of the best cycling bib shorts

None of these are the most expensive shorts around – the Santini Redux Istinto Men's Bib Shorts are £230, for instance (Stu also tested those last year) – but you can get some very good shorts for much closer to £100.

The CHPT3 Most Days Grand Tour Men's Shorts reviewed very well and impressed for comfort at (for 2022) £125, while the Nopinz Pro-1 Bib Shorts are also very comfy and make some interesting aero claims too. They're now £99.99, having gone up a fiver since review.

Also, while I found these Ardents the most comfortable shorts I've tried in a couple of summers, my previous favourites – the La Passione Club Bib Shorts – are still available at £105. Unfortunately, the stitching on my pair unravelled after the first summer and they fell apart, so I can't actually recommend them, but again they show that comfort is available for around the £100 mark (and normally quality is too).

Overall

These are really good shorts – very comfortable, well made and effective. The windproof crotch inevitably makes them a little warmer there than normal, but if you struggle with chills they're ideal.

Verdict

Great cut, quality and comfort, though the windproof front may get toasty on the hottest days

If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the road.cc Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website

road.cc test report

Make and model: Gore Ardent Bib Shorts+ Mens

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

Gore says: "Created so you can benefit from revolutionary design and high-performance materials on every ride. We made a lightweight short using our most popular fast-drying fabric and the same cut lines as our C7 bib shorts."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Gore lists:

-Expert Vent Seat Insert with Gore Windstopper Cup

-Functional fabric for moisture control and comfort

-Silicone grips and overlock seams for a more secure and comfortable fit

-Central torso architecture and three-point anchoring system

-Quick-drying materials

-Full mesh bib construction

-Raw cut leg hems

-Radio pocket at back

Reflective details

Inseam length 22.5 cm / 8.8 inches

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Easy, no issues – they can even take 40°C washes.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well – they're comfortable and stay that way.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They're very comfortable and feel very well made.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

They're at the premium end, but fairly priced for their performance and build quality.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe – they're a bit pricey for me personally.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

These fit well, are comfortable all over and have a build that promises to last. They're priced well against similar competition, too.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 183cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,

Latest Comments