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Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts

9
£119.99

VERDICT:

9
10
Performance-focused bib shorts that nail the comfort factor too
A very supportive chamois
Laser cut bib straps are barely noticeable
Impressive build quality
Weight: 
170g
Contact: 

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The Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts are ideal for fast riding, whether you are out for a blast or going long. The high-density pad is very supportive, providing a comfortable barrier between you and the saddle regardless of the terrain. They are very well made too, and at a price that looks good compared with others out there.

The Pro-1s Nick tested last year are Nopinz's full-on aero bib shorts, leaving this Souplesse pair to back off the speed a bit and enjoy the comfort on rides that could last all day.

> Buy now: Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts for £119.99 from Nopinz

That doesn't mean performance has been forgotten, though – these are still a close-cut pair of shorts, and the MITI fabric has a great feeling of compression that supports your muscles when you're riding.

2022 Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts - back.jpg

The compression means the shorts don't require deep cuffs, with just a small band of silicone keeping everything in place at the bottom.

2022 Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts - cuff gripper.jpg

The fabric feels great; it's not as shiny as some Lycra, which means there is no issue with sliding around on the saddle. It's durable, too – even after six weeks of riding there are no marks or scuffs from their interaction with the saddle.

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I found the fit really good, too, with the multi-panel design creating a shape that works well on the bike without causing any bunching of the material when hunched over in the drops.

Considering all of the panels, the seams are remarkably unobtrusive, not making themselves noticeable when riding, even on long adventures.

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I am also a fan of the bib straps. Being laser cut, there are no seams anywhere on the upper body so they're very comfortable, and the thinness of the fabric means that there is no pressure over the shoulders.

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It's the chamois that's the star of the show, though. It's made by Elastic Interface and the padding is definitely on the firm side. That might not sound ideal for long hours in the saddle, but it really works. The padding compresses enough to soak up the road vibrations, but you'll always stay suspended above the saddle so there is no bunching of the material or hot spots.

2022 Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts pad.jpeg

The central channel reduces pressure and the ventilation holes on the front of the pad do help you keep cool.

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Sizing-wise, the shorts are about what you'd expect for UK clothing, but it's worth checking Nopinz' guide to be sure. I'm a medium in most kit but am right on the cusp between medium and large here, and happy in a large.

Value

The overall quality is impressive, these are some very well-made shorts, which makes the £119.99 price tag look very competitive.

I was really impressed with the NVPA Bib/Short Navy, for example. They are made from MITI's fabrics and come with a great pad as well, but cost £145 – and I'd say the Souplesse shorts are slightly better across the board in terms of comfort.

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I also tested the Rapha Classic Bib Shorts last year and thought they were very good. You'll need to add another 50 quid for the same level of the performance as the Souplesse, though.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a very comfortable pair of bib shorts, from the material right through to the chamois, and for not a lot of money compared with the opposition.

Verdict

Performance-focused bib shorts that nail the comfort factor too

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Nopinz Souplesse Bib Shorts

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

Nopinz says, "Pedal with effortless style in the Souplesse range.

"Striking a perfect balance between comfort and performance, the Souplesse Bib Shorts are our ultimate offering for all day comfort out on the road or just those all important café rides. Featuring premium Italian solid dyed MITI fabrics with heat applied graphics for exceptional durability. Ride comfort is catered for thanks to an all-day endurance pad from Elastic Interface paired with laser-cut breathable lightweight bib straps. The fit is completed by seamless silicone grippers to avoid any movement on the leg."

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

Nopinz lists:

Laser-cut breathable lightweight bib straps.

Elastic Interface Chamois featuring EIT pad technology.

Low profile seamless silicone leg grippers.

Luxurious Italian fabrics.

Heat applied Oil slick graphic detailing.

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

A bit smaller than some UK brands but tally with Nopinz' guide.

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

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

No problems after putting them through the washing machine many times.

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

A very comfortable pair of shorts that have a performance edge.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The pad is spot on for day-long rides.

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?

When you take into account the performance and comfort, these are very well priced, as you can see from the competition mentioned in the review.

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

There is barely anything to fault here: quality fabrics and a top notch chamois, all stitched together very neatly. They're excellent.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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