A riding contradiction.
It’s admittedly a strange intersection: ultimate cold-weather fabrics, and shorts. Why does it exist? Because sometimes — particularly if you ride often at higher altitudes — you set out on a freezing morning, only to find that clearing skies, a rising sun, and elevation changes have more than doubled the temperature of your ride. A great pair of leg warmers is all you’ll need to turn the Sugoi RS SubZero Bib Shorts into the perfect pair of lowers for those sorts of days.
Made of Sugoi’s SubZero material, the shorts are ready for the worst you’ll encounter this winter. SubZero is a four-way stretch polyester/elastane blend that insulates exceptionally well, and has also been given a DWR element-proof treatment, making the fabric capable of fending off snow, wind, rain, and the like. As a reinforcement against all of the above, the forward-facing segments of the legs are lined with a fabric called Firewall 180, a virtually impervious material that acts as a buffer between the outer-layer SubZero and your skin. It works not unlike dual-pane windows, designed with a space between them that dramatically reduces heat convection (the cold’s ability to get inside). Even with all this protection, however, the SubZeros are still engineered to be highly breathable so you don’t overheat on rigorous rides or when the temperatures rise over the course of your ride.
Inside the shorts you get one of the most advanced pads on the market, Sugoi’s Formula FX chamois. The pad is designed with a V-shaped central channel welded into the highly perforated, multi-density foam that’s four-way stretchable so it contours to your body. The channel relieves sensitive tissue areas, keeping blood flowing to reduce numbness and the need to constantly shift while pedaling. The beveled edge is laminated into the tights to create a smooth, seamless seat, and special vibration-reducing inserts live in the pad’s foam to make even the longest rides comfortable.
- Item #SUG002M
- Q & A
Tight leg grippers
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
So I've been wanting a pair of bibs like these...a heavy short for ever-changing IN weather. Unfortunately, these simply won't work due to a fit issue, and will have to go back. They would be fine in every way but one, the leg grippers. I literally could barely get these over my thighs! Also, the gripper is a very short/narrow type, and once on they were actually painful. Now this is not an unusual problem for me...buying bibs is always an iffy proposition...but these were the worst I've experienced. For someone much more lean and spindly in the upper legs, perhaps they'd be just fine, but not on these trunks. I pretty much always wear size L bibs, and whether they work or not always depends on how the leg openings are designed and grip.