The Vel Women’s Bib Shorts offer an excellent fit and wide leg grippers with a flattering cut, and they perform well in high temperatures too. There’s nothing fancy about them, but they’re simple, effective and competitively priced – plus the pad is excellent. The early wear inside the leg grippers is a potential concern, though.
This is a basic pair of shorts with no pockets or easy-pee solution, but the price reflects that – and they certainly do the job well. They’re great choice for medium to long rides (on my hilly terrain that’s two hours or more) on summer days up to around 24-35°C.
Vel describes the fabric as having a ‘compressive warp-knit,’ and I found it supportive rather than restrictive when riding. They’re a bit of a squeeze to get into, but in my recommended size (small) the mesh straps proved comfortable and unrestrictive, while the legs were actually fairly long (reaching to just above my knee). So despite the initial squeeze, I’d say the sizing is accurate. 2022 Vel Womens Bib Shorts – legs front.jpg The elastic leg grippers are large enough to avoid any sausage leg effect, and they’re effective too, but they’re already showing signs of wear after just two months – the little bobbles inside are wearing away in small patches. So far their grip isn’t affected, but if they carry on disappearing – especially at the edge instead of around the middle as they currently are – it’s hard to imagine them continuing […]