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Craft Verve Glow Bib Shorts



Decent all-rounders, but there is tough opposition at this price point

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Craft's Verve Glow Bib Shorts use a multitude of various fabrics to create a close, compressive fit for those who like a bit of support for their muscles when riding hard. Add to this a decent pad and the shorts offer a lot, although they are a bit expensive compared with the opposition.

I like the cut of these bib shorts, as everything is snug and in proportion. The straps, for instance, are taut enough whatever position you are riding in, holding the bibs in position without being overly tight to cause pressure points on the shoulder – thankfully, as the thick seam between the two fabrics would definitely make itself known otherwise.

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The mesh rear panels mean breathability is pretty good, plus you also get an open mid-section at the base of the back which helps.

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The bottom half of the shorts are made up with a large array of panels to mimic your body shape when you are in the saddle, and in a variety of fabrics.

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The main front leg panels are made of a thicker yarn than the rest of the shorts which gives that supportive feel for your muscles; it's something I like to see in a pair of shorts as I'm a big fan of compression fabrics. The only downside is that the fabric isn't the softest against the skin, giving an almost scratchy feeling, especially on longer rides of three or four hours. The same can be said for the front sections of the bib straps – you definitely want to wear a baselayer underneath.

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The rest of the panels use a more traditional knit of Lycra which is smooth and comfortable, and the legs are held in position by large leg grippers that don't move one bit whether you are in or out of the saddle. The left one comprises reflective stripes that offer near 360-degree visibility from car headlights. It's a neat idea, as early spring and late autumn rides in the dark can still be completed in shorts or obviously with knee or leg warmers.

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Two of the seams are also reflective, running down each leg, which is a nice touch, plus the Craft logo will also bounce the light back.

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The most important part of any shorts is the pad, and the Infinity C1 found in these is pretty good for such a simple design. There are a couple of raised sections either side of a central channel. These are 14mm thick, with the surrounding area being just 3mm so there was little in the way of bunching of the material. The cushioning is fine for rides of up to a couple of hours, but I found if I was riding for any longer the pad wasn't quite as supportive as I'd like.

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Eighty pounds is a substantial amount of money to spend on a pair of bib shorts, although the market place is quite busy. As with the Verve Glow jersey I tested, I think the pricing is a little too high – by about £10 to £15.

They aren't bad shorts – in fact they are pretty good – but they just lack that all-round refinement found on some other shorts of this price in terms of overall quality, comfort and performance.

Pairs such as the Endura M90 Graphics or the Fat Lad at the Back Stealth Reflective look to offer more for very similar money, while the excellent Sportful Giro bib shorts are £20 cheaper.

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I wouldn't say I dislike the Craft Verve Glow bib shorts, but I'm not especially enamoured by them, especially at full RRP.


Decent all-rounders, but there is tough opposition at this price point test report

Make and model: Craft Verve Glow Bib Shorts

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?

Craft says: "Verve Glow Bib Shorts are designed for those who ride hard on a regular basis and who prefer to be seen when speeding across the landscape. The bib shorts are made of technical body-control fabrics that offer great muscle support and efficient moisture transport. In addition, ergonomic design ensures perfect racing-position fit while reflective leg endings, seams and logos make you extra visible. Infinity C1 Pad Men is developed for optimal comfort."

The Verve Glows are decent shorts for rides of up to a couple of hours but seem a little pricey to me.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Size range - XS - 4XL

Infinity C1 pad

Material 1: 78% Polyamide, 22% Elastane

Material 2: 76% Polyamide, 24% Elastane

Material 3: 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

A 40-degree wash is all it takes and the shorts and pad show no issues from being washed.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They're decent shorts for rides of a couple of hours.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The pad is comfortable.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I found the material a little scratchy against the skin.

Did you enjoy using the product? They were okay.

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly, but along with some others.

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The Verve Glow bib shorts are decent enough in terms of performance and fit, but as with the jersey of the same name, I don't think they quite deliver the levels expected for the price against the opposition to warrant a higher score.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein

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

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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matthewn5 | 6 years ago

I've got a pair of Craft bibs that I've had for years and are still in brilliant condition. I've got newer bibs, but I keep coming back to the Crafts.

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