The Funkier Acarza Gents Pro Bib Shorts are a good mid-range design, offering a supportive chamois and a decent range of movement.
- Pros: Decent value, comfortable pad
- Cons: Legs are a little short, no silicone gripper
As with all bib shorts, the most important element to consider is the chamois, and here Funkier has gone with its own E8 pad with gel inserts. It works well and although it doesn't have the same level of comfort as some more expensive pads, it was still pretty impressive after a few hours in the saddle.
Unlike a more traditional pad, this design has fewer density types and larger gaps between the more padded segments. Although there is slightly more movement of the pads within the pedal strike, it still works well and is effective at deadening vibrations.
The material used for the shorts is an 80% nylon, 20% elastane mix that has a fair amount of stretch, though not as much as others I have used, and it takes some adjustment to get them to sit correctly. When they do, there is a compression effect to help reduce muscle fatigue, although how effective this is isn't something I can measure accurately.
The fit is relatively good, although the legs are noticeably shorter than most others I have used. How long you like your shorts is subjective, but there is also a slight tendency for them to ride up because there is no silicone gripper at the bottom.
At the front of the shorts, the material sits about halfway up my abs and makes calls of nature easy enough while out on the bike.
The mesh bib section starts a bit higher than most others I have used but this doesn't seem to cause any issues with ventilation and breathability on longer, warmer rides. The straps are fairly wide and they have a decent hem to minimise rubbing and twisting.
Construction is fairly good, although it would be nice to have some more flatlock stitching – I found that you could feel the stitching connecting the mesh top to the Lycra bottom on longer rides without a baselayer. They do appear sturdy, though, and unlikely to rip or tear through prolonged use.
An rrp of £69.99 seems about right – the pad works well but isn't as effective as those you'd find in higher price brackets, and the flatlock stitching or heat bonding that you'd expect to find on more expensive models isn't used on every seam here.
Overall, these bib shorts are a decent option for the money. The pad works well and deadens most vibrations, the fit is pretty good and the straps are comfortable. A good choice for commuting or as a first pair if you're just getting into longer distance riding.
A good pair of bib shorts for the money – if you're happy with the leg length
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Funkier Acarza Gents Pro Bib Shorts
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
A pair of mid-range bib shorts designed to eat up vibrations and rough roads with gel inserts in the pad
Funkier says, "The ultimate race short synthesizes performance and endurance without compromising comfort. Designed with an anatomical race cut the Acarza pro bib short provides muscle support and keeps everything in place without compressing blood flow. The seamless chamois has strategically placed gel pockets for added comfort and vibration absorption; multi-layer dense foam and four way stretch fabric relieves pressure, keeping you chafe free and feeling fresh."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
240 gram Lycra
DL leg cuff
Seamless heat bonded
Porous gel inserts
Well made, although would be nice to have a few more flatlock stitched seams.
Performed well throughout the review, although there was a slight tendency for them to ride up the leg.
Seem well made and with nothing major on them to fade, likely to maintain their looks for a long time too.
The fit is okay, but the legs are shorter than most others and there does need to be some adjustment when putting them on to make sure they sit correctly.
The legs seem a bit short for a medium size as everything else fitted well.
The gel pads eat up vibrations, making them great for rougher roads, but it would be good to have a multi-density pad for longer rides.
Decent value for a pair of well-made bib shorts.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Easy – 30 degree wash followed by line drying. I washed them seven or eight times over the review period without incident.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Worked well, offering good protection against rough roads, although would be better if the grippers on the legs worked better.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The use of gel inserts in the pads is interesting and helps reduce road vibrations.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
For me, the legs are on the short side for a medium sized pair of bib shorts.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they didn't mind shorter legs.
Use this box to explain your overall score
These are comfortable shorts that offer good protection at a decent price, though the gripper on the legs could be better. For me, the legs could be a little longer, but that's personal preference.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cinelli Gazzetta My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.