The BodyFit Pro Classic Bib Short from Sportful is an ideal everyday cycling short for both outdoor and indoor use. With superior compression and muscle support, along with fast wicking action, the BF Pro is a perfect short around which to build your cycling wardrobe. Built with superior fabrics and using key construction methods, you can be sure it will deliver consistent performance day after day and long-term if cared for properly. The BodyFit Team Classic line offers the quality and experience of race-level garments for the non-racer enthusiast, and have even been embraced by pro riders for training.
The fit and function of the bib upper balances muscle support at the back, sides, and waist with effective but controlled stretch to keep the short section in place. The flat straps and central back zone are a perforated mesh fabric that transfer moisture quickly. The straps are wide but have finished given the mesh material. So these are not the super flat style, but these are wide and comfortable enough at this price to feel good about the set-up and they stay in place, with a comfortable finish.
The use of compression fabrics, such this polyester blend with 220g Lycra, is now common, but the alignment of the panels and directionality of the stretch must be coordinated properly for cycling ergonomics, as the compression can be too limiting. You want the muscle support and increased blood circulation, not restriction. At the same time, compression will make the short feel tighter. To balance that effect, laser-cut leg bands with silicone gripper are less compressive, relying on the gripper to hold the leg opening in place and reducing the transitions from leg opening through the gripper and into the Aero Flow Compress fabric. This material quickly eases moisture away from the skin and release it outward, and has a soft feel against the skin. Sportful uses flatlock stitching to join the panels, and the anatomical references keep even these smoother seams off high friction locations. The waistband is wide and flat for more effective hold and pressure distribution, with the panels and stretch managed here as well, so the front panel is the least elastic exactly where you don't want excess pressure.
As great as the short itself is, the prize of this bib short is the famed Sportful BodyFit Pro seat pad. Developed with Sportful' Professional cycling teams, the design adapts the technical characteristics of this pad to the anatomy in a semi-aggressive to aggressive riding posture in a supportive, but less bulky design. It features infinitely variable padding thickness for excellent support with top layer perforations for increased breathability. The anatomic shape and seamless construction work together to eliminate chafing and rubbing, providing comfort throughout the ride. It is also breathable and the soft topsheet is actively bacteriostatic to keep your skin as healthy as possible. The shape and positioning inside the short section favors real road cycling, not casual-more upright use. Again, it is also an excellent option for the shorter, more concentrated hard efforts of indoor training as well, making the Sportful Bodyfit Team Classic Bib Short a a great year round investment in comfort and performance.
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