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Half way into your ride, the last thing that you want to worry about is the comfort of your bib shorts. Let's face it, a poor chamois, sweat drenching, and skin irritation have ruined many a ride. Luckily, Santini has been around the block long enough to have eliminated these ailments. With its Smarter Bib Shorts, you can expect a dry, supportive, and comfortable ride, mile after mile.
For the construction of the Smarter bib shorts, Santini used a blend of materials to ensure a precise and comfortable fit. Starting with the base of the composition, Santini's Lycra Touring fabric supports the legs' muscle groups through a slightly compressive weave. While it's not compressive enough to reduce lactic acid buildup via increased circulation, the fabric does offer enough support to minimize the detriment of fatigue from road vibration. Additionally, Touring is extremely breathable, and it has a heightened level moisture management. Both of these characteristics are further exemplified through Santini's placement of Lycra Shield inserts.
And, while high-end fabrics are fantastic, Santini's renown emanates from its characteristically Italian design and fit. Basically, Santini is aware that the Smarter bib shorts are made for riding, not lounging. So, each pair features a minimally-seamed design that's been cut to greet the contours of your body while in motion. This means that, in the saddle, you won't experience any bunching or chafing. And to ensure that the fit remains secure, Santini incorporated its external, silicone leg grippers. These grippers apply even pressure across the leg, so you won't experience any pinching or loss in circulation. As for the uppers, Santini used an open mesh design that's met with a tall brace system at the back and sides. This interface provides stability and support to the overall fit, while the mesh straps retain a high level of breathability.
As for the chamois, the Smarter bib shorts feature Santini's exclusive N.A.T. insert. This chamois approaches comfort from two fields -- abrasion reduction and support. Starting with abrasion, the N.A.T. insert uses all internal stitching throughout, so chafing or irritation as a result of contact. Further along these lines, Santini made the chamois from two foam layers with variable densities between two and four millimeters. The top layer has an antimicrobial microfiber surface that provides constant hygiene and a smooth interface between the foam and the skin. For support, the padding is thicker at key points of pressure across the perineum and gluteal regions. Additionally, in combination with the microfiber, the chamois is able to effectively reduce heat and wick away moisture.
Santini has also included a small pocket to house your race radio, cell phone, or MP3 player.
The Santini Smarter Bib Shorts are available in seven sizes from X-Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Black, Red, and Royal.