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dhb Knowle bib short

8
£89.99

VERDICT:

8
10
Excellent comfort and performance make these worthy of their price tag
Weight: 
0g
Contact: 
www.wiggle.co.uk

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These shorts from DHB’s new high-end range justify their relatively weighty price tag with an impressive performance.

Their best feature is the seat pad from Cytec. It’s contoured, made from four different types of foam in different densities to keep the bulk down and the comfort high, and it’s stretchy enough in all directions to stay in contact with your skin as you move. It’s also soft and very breathable. We stayed perfectly happy in the saddle throughout our regular all-day ride so we have no complaints at all on that front.

The main panels are stretchy and breathable while fine-ribbed sections along the sides add… well, we’re not sure what to be honest, because we couldn’t notice any difference in performance there. The mesh bib section is very breathable too and the shoulders are wide enough to spread the load, while down at the bottom silicone rubber dots on the elasticated leg grippers hold them in place comfortably even when you work up a sweat.

Verdict

Excellent comfort and performance make these worthy of their price tag

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road.cc test report

Make and model: dhb Knowle bib short

Size tested: M

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Very much

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 184cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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