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Vermarc know a thing or two about designing cycling kit being the kit suppliers to Omega Pharma Quick-Step among others and this technology and knowledge gets passed down the range. For instance the 'basic, standard cut' (as Vermarc describe them) Tinto bib shorts here feel and fit like some brands' full on race shorts.
The Lycra used is a heavy knit which should bode well in terms of durability though the real benefit is the compression it provides to your working muscles. Compression clothing has been shown to have positive effects in reducing muscle fatigue and while the Tinto shorts are not designed or marketed as compression garments the restrictive feeling is noticeable over longer rides.
The 3D-OF chamois is made by bonding a polyester micro-fiber cover material to the padding by an OmniForm process. In a nutshell, most pads' shape is created by heating metal plates which basically melts the grooves into the foam. The 3D-OF uses minimal heat being added directly to the pad rather than the plates. The grooves are then formed with sound waves that remove the cells and air from the areas which then compress to form the grooves. Why? Using high heat can cause the foam to harden when it melts and a solid edge isn't something you want in your shorts.
It all sounds great in theory but to be perfectly honest I've never really noticed any hard edges in any shorts I've ridden. Saying that though the Vermarc pad is soft and comfortable and remained that way regardless of how many hours I wore them. The varying thicknesses of the pad don't bunch or move about meaning there isn't any irritation and they are just the right depth to avoid hot spots.
The rest of the shorts are well put together with tidy stitching and well shaped panels. The mesh bibs aren't overly tight over the shoulders even though I'm on the limit of height recommended for our size medium samples. The legs are held where they should be by silicone grippers, a move we've seen on a lot of shorts being more comfortable than elastic.
Sizing wise, although an Italian brand Vermarc are quite generous with their cut. According to the sizing chart I'm borderline medium/large but the mediums came up fine. If you want a slightly more relaxed fit, go up a size.
Overall priced at £63.99 the Vermarc Tintos are a decent pair of performance bibs without the associated price tag. The quality from the Italian factory is second to none with a solid construction and tidy finish. The compression fit and comfortable pad are ideal for long rides where they work together to combat fatigue and make them an all-round good buy.
Comfortable, Italian-made bibs which are suited to the racer and mile muncher alike
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Make and model: Vermarc Tinto bibshorts
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Vermarc desribe the Tintos as a standard fit for everyday riding but they will stand up to whatever you chuck at them. Comfortable for long days in the saddle as well as a flat out hour or so.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Standard fitting
* 3D Pad
* Mesh Bibs
* Silicon grippers keeps the shorts in place
* Breathable fabric helps you keep cool
* 100% Made in Italy
* Sizes - S to XXXL
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A really good pair of solid feeling shorts. Hardwearing and well built with really good performance.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The comfortable chamois and fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing that really stands out.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Overall I think the Tinto's are an exceptional pair of shorts for the money. They provide comfort, fit and durability for a very good price.
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!