The new dhb Professional range has been causing quite a stir recently, in the world of cycling apparel. Katherine Brand gets her hands on a pair of their ASV bib shorts to see what all the fuss is about.
RRP – £64.99
Website – www.wiggle.co.uk
Fresh from Wiggle’s brand-spanking new dhb Professional range, the ASV bib shorts are, first and foremost, lightweight to the point of deceiving you into thinking you’re wearing nothing at all.
This is partly thanks to their minimal stitching and seam-work, which not only reduces weight, but also eliminates the itches and irritations that these can cause.
The tried and tested lightweight Italian Lycra Sport material the main body of the bib shorts is composed of gives an aerodynamic, second-skin-like quality. Providing slight compression to the legs, the material remains breathable and non-restrictive, allowing you to focus on powering your ride.
The straps themselves are of carbon fibre mesh, which boasts the dual advantages of regulating body temperature, while not exerting pressure on your body in order stay up. The micro dot silicone leg grippers are again simultaneously effective and comfortable.
But the real star of the show on these impeccably designed bib shorts is the pad, fashioned from CyTech Elastic Interface Endurance Chamois.
The comfort it affords is quite incredible – indeed you’ll likely be lured into a false sensation of relaxing in an armchair, were it not for the steep ascent sitting between you and your cake-stop. This pad will see you go the distance without adding unnecessary bulk.
“…you’ll likely be lured into a false sensation of relaxing in an armchair…”
Last – but by no means least – in the string of design successes achieved by this piece, comes the graphic leg design. Available in grey and fuchsia, I found the design minimal yet striking.
Usually, I’d avoid pink cycling clobber, thinking it overtly girly to be stylish for a female cyclist, but the splash of pink on these bib shorts is just enough to draw one’s eye without shouting ‘I love pink!’.
I have to admit that these shorts marked my first venture into the realm of the bib short, and I had been tentative about making my first purchase. However, the overwhelmingly positive cycling experience afforded by dhb’s offering has converted me to the cycling onesie.
The leg compression, lack of waistband and secure straps generate a winning combination that bestow a feeling of liberation and power, while the pad and graphic design provide pure comfort and style.
And all of this at an incredibly reasonable price point; exactly what you’d expect from Wiggle’s flagship cycling apparel brand.