Scicon, best known for their bike bags and more recently a new saddle, have now branched out further with the launch of their first bib shorts.
Like the Elan saddle launched back in October, the Italians have again called upon the bike fitting and testing experts at ASG Bike Science, part of their parent company, to design the shorts, before they're handmade in Scicon's own factory. There are separate men's and women's versions designed to support the different anatomies optimally, relieving sensitive areas and promoting blood flow, so say Scicon. They also say the shorts are suitable for on or off-road use, durable enough to use for super long road rides and dense enough in the padding to provide adequate support on sketchy, muddier trails.
Scicon of course say the 'Power Ergo Design' of the shorts is best matched with their £180 Elan saddle, designed to "offer an additional level of compatibility when paired with each other". The Power Ergo Design concept was devised to be more comfortable all day long for riders who favour an aggressive riding position. The padding includes Scicon's Hybrid Cell System, made from recycled materials and consisting of a cell structure that's supposed to be lighter and more breathable. There's a 4-way compression fabric for the lower parts of the shorts, and the straps are kept minimal to allow for extra freedom and comfort.
While they might not get immediate outdoor use here in Blighty with the temperatures in the minuses at the moment, if you want to invest ahead of the warmer months then that investment will be to the tune of £219. They're available in 10 sizes from a 2XS to a 5XL, and you can get notified when they will be in stock over on Scicon's website here.
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