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I admit I'm biased because I was very involved with the design process of these bibs. No bibshort is perfect for everyone, so I'll focus this review on the decisions we made and why we made them.
One of the key elements of any cycling short is the chamois. We chose the Road Performance chamois from Cytech. Cytech is a pioneer in cycling chamois design and manufacturing, and was the first company to develop stretch chamois which they call elastic-interface. This allows the chamois to stretch along with the short fabric which means that it is less likely to chafe as you move around on the saddle. The Performance Road chamois is one of their highest-end products, but it is a little thinner (although denser) and narrower than than the chamois you'll find on many lower-priced shorts. If you are looking for a wide, thick pad, this isn't the short for you.
The fabrics used in the short come from MITI, an Italian technical fabric manufacturer well regarded for their quality. We decided to go with a rolled cuff instead of a gripper to provide better compression and improved comfort. I personally like shorts that end a little above my knee, so the leg length is a little shorter than some shorts, but this places the double thickness cuffs at the ideal position to provide maximum compression benefit.
The MITI Shield Endurance fabric is a bit thicker than you'll find in many cycling bottoms, particularly at the lower price points. Some people may find this results in a slightly warmer riding short, but our goal was to provide a maximum-performance product at a bargain price so we decided to go with a fabric that delivered higher lycra content that delivered excellent compression.
The McKenzie does not skimp on production complexity to save cost. Bibshorts in this price range typically limit panel count to 6 or 8 panels to save cost. We wanted to deliver a premium product with excellent fit, which dictated a 14 panel lower construction.
This product isn't for everyone. If you're looking for a typical lightweight bibshort that you barely feel with a wide, thick pad, this isn't the short for you. If you are looking for a high-performance product that will keep your muscles feeling fresher on a hard ride, and don't like to feel like you are wearing a diaper, this is an absolute steal.
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