Delivering cycling clothing geared towards gravel and dirt road riding isn't about fashion but function, along with some added protection and features that are truly beneficial for cyclists and riders that enjoy the roads less traveled by cars, but increasingly embraced by those on bikes. Sportful's designates these pieces "Giara", and the top-level bibshort in the series is the Supergiara. Developed for summer temperatures with event-level fabrics, fit, and performance.
The ergonomic fit features highly compressive, stretch woven fabric to support your hardest efforts. The material features abrasion resistant zones that can preserve your skin and the short section during an unfortunate slide. Sportful's specially designed DMS seatpad combines multi-density foam with a slightly smaller shape to match the gravel-aggressive body position and movement for assured comfort on the roughest roads with less side bulk for added mobility to pressure reducing and balancing movements required for the rough surfaces. The designers added mesh cargo pocket zones on the leg and back to help hold all your essentials, as well as reflective details that keep you visible when the start is at dawn or the finish is after dusk.
The lower is a clean anatomic design with panels that deliver support throughout the pedal stroke. The lower abdominals, external obliques, and fine muscles of the lower back are well supported. Anatomic mesh lie-flat bib straps ensure comfort and ventilation while keeping the fit where you need it despite the jostling. Overall the fabrics are highly breathable, wicking away moisture despite the extra protection and compressive fit.
The DMS seat pad was developed just for performance gravel riding, which generally favors a position that is semi-aggressive for balance and control while maintaining speed and pedaling power. As such the DMS is shorter and lighter than many mileage-comfort designs. The varying padding densities reflect the positional requirements as well. An open-cell foam is used because it offers loft and support even in thinner zones, and it breathes exceptionally well- which is ideal for hot, hard hours on rough surfaces. The protection and support is there, but so is the function, comfort, and performance, making it an exemplar of the Supergiara Bibshort in general.