In 2014 Endura launched its flagship bibshort with a choice of three width padded inserts, developed with the Movistar team it sponsors, and now the technology is being offered in a winter bib tight.
The new Pro SL Biblong is offered with three pad width options (narrow medium and wide) that are cut by computer with a “continuously variable profile” stretch design and antibacterial finish, and available for men and women.
How do you know what width chamois you need? One way is to visit your nearest Endura stockist and get your sit bones measured using the company’s own gebioMized-Endura Pad Fit™ System, which matches you to the correct seat pad. Another method is based on your current saddle choice. Simply find your saddle on this Endura chart and choose the right width seat pad to match your saddle.
The innovative pad is housed in a bib tight made from a brushed back thermal fabric with added windproof panels on the front and back of the legs for extra protection and to protect against rear wheel road spray.
A raw edge opening is used at the ankle so no need for a zip or stirrup. There are lots of reflective details on the back of the legs. The top of the bib tight is made from a lightweight lofted mesh to provide extra insulation.
“When we have the likes of Nairo Quintana winning the Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta a España with our 700 series pad, the logical step is to broaden the range of products in which that same pad width technology is offered,” says Product director Pamela Barclay.
She adds: “Our Scottish heritage has always left us ideally placed to produce weather-defeating garments, but we’re now able to invest the dividends of our partnership with Movistar Team in our consumer range: tailoring and fabrics that satisfy the world’s most successful and demanding riders.”
Endura offers the new bib tights with a 90-day comfort guarantee, so if you’re not happy with the comfort you can get a full refund.
Everything in cycling is getting more customisable, and that’s a good thing. Professional bike fits have been growing in popularity over the years and many manufacturers now offer wide ranges of contact points - saddles, handlebars, shoe inner soles - in a wide range of widths and shapes. Fizik also launched its first bib short with the shape, fit and panel design tailored to pelvis rotation.
We’ll be reviewing these new bib shorts soon. More at www.endurasport.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.