Quest for improvement.
7mesh Industries has impressed us yet again with its MK2 Men's Bib Short, an update to last year's venerable MK1 short. Sure, it's a marvel to look at, all clean lines, minimal accents, and invisible seaming, but 7mesh always backs its kit up with luxurious functionality on the bike, and the MK2 is no different. The short aims to be your long-day companion; replete with 7mesh's Clean Finish Construction, the MK2 fits the body like a second skin, mimicking your muscle movements in the saddle with fabric that won't chafe, stretch, or rub over time. We wouldn't blame you for wondering how you ever wore anything else after pedaling all day in the all-new MK2.
This year, 7mesh made some subtle, but important, changes to mark the transition from MK1 to MK2; a longer inseam, higher back panel, and a slightly altered fit all make the MK2 better at long-term comfort. Lengthening the inseam provides more coverage to your hardworking quads and hamstrings during a long ride, without veering too closely into knicker territory. Increased coverage on the lower back allows the MK2 to stabilize the often-neglected muscles of the lower back with the same nylon/elastane blend that covers the legs, helping you avoid fatigue on days that leave you stretched out in the saddle for hours. Furthering separating the MK2 from purely race-focused kit, 7mesh also dialed back the fit of the MK2 in thighs, tailoring it more along the waist. You'll have security where you need it, without your legs feeling restricted over time.
Aside from these changes, 7mesh chose similar materials and construction details to the MK1. Miti Alpha, a nylon and elastane blend, makes up the main body with its smooth exterior and internal grid surface aiding in muscle stability and rapid moisture transfer. Rather than using standard panels with stitched seaming, 7mesh was able to use darting and fabric patterning to tailor the short, allowing for fewer interruptions in the fabric, thus improving the short's ability to provide compression to your muscles. A plush Elastic Interface Performance chamois stands between your sensitive areas and the saddle, with 7mesh adopting the "hammock" construction becoming increasingly popular amongst high-end kit. Allowing the chamois to move independently of the rest of the short significantly reduces the likelihood of chafing and discomfort, a benefit only furthered by 7mesh's use of its Clean Finish stitching process, which covers or eliminates traditional seaming wherever possible for a smooth, supple feel.
- Enjoy luxurious comfort on your longest days in the saddle
- Form-fitting silhouette tailored to a riding position
- Supportive fabric blend stabilizes muscles while wicking
- Covered or eliminated seaming for a smooth feel against skin
- Plush chamois moves independently to reduce discomfort
- Reflective accents help you stay seen on the roads
- Supple leg grippers gently hold short in place
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- Q & A
Solid, supportive and almost disappear
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This is the first item I have purchased from this brand. I am a Clydesdale and am always skeptical about how bibs are described and how their features are supposed to work for you on a ride. I spend lots of money on shorts and this purchase was money well spent.
The first time you pull them on you hear what sounds like seams popping. I had read about this and this is the garment “adjusting” to your physique, or lack thereof. My first ride was a 20 miler and like other reviewers will attest, these bib are “warm”. They are solidly built but the support was fantastic. My next ride was 80 miles with some guys from work. The bibs all but disappeared. I couldn’t believe how after just a few miles, there was no discomfort from them whatsoever. The support to my hamstrings was excellent. The chamois was comfortable enough I didn’t notice it the entire ride. It was like I didn’t have them on. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I have ridden in them several more times as the weather cooled off. They are excellent in cool weather and if I throw some running tights over them, I can ride in temps in the 30’s. I find myself going to them first when preparing for any ride now. I would buy these again in a heartbeat.
Simply the Best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I’ve got quite a collection of bib shorts, but they have been all but replaced by these brilliant pair of 7Mesh mk2s. These are the most comfortable, form-fitting, functional, and quality built shorts on the market. The integration with 7Mesh’s Strata tights is brilliant, and every detail had been paid attention. What more is there to say. There is no competition.
Warm but very comfortable and well made
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
These are very warm bibshorts. A wide strap running up the middle of the back, wide and thick chamois, extra layer of fabric (hammock) under the chamois, high back panel supporting the kidneys and overall more robust fabrics all contribute to the warmth of this short and after using them twice in 95° heat they went in the drawer for the remainder of the summer in favor of lighter shorts from Assos or Rapha. To be fair, 7Mesh doesn't market them as summerweight shorts and it isn't a deal breaker but those in very warm climates should keep this in mind.
I'm 5'8", 200 lb and XL fits fine. Craftsmanship is excellent and the fabric is robust. I have the feeling that these will last a long time. The Y shaped yoke is different but effective. I use a base layers all the time, even in summer and so cannot comment on how the shoulder straps feel next to the skin but they are very stable and never dug in.
The chamois is easily the most comfortable I've ever ridden. Elastic Interface has done an amazing job. Wide and thick with excellent coverage in front, it is made of several foam densities with the densest foam under the sit bones.
Warmth, extra comfortable chamois, robust fabrics and a higher cut back adding stability and support make this short my choice for long rides in cooler weather, especially rough gravel rides.
-1 star for overheating me in the summer but otherwise an excellent product for cooler weather in warm climates.
I like them
- Size Bought: medium
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 162lbs
The straps are wide and comfortable. The fabric offers medium compression and the chamois is comfortable for 4 hour rides. I probably could have gone with size small but the mediums are comfortable but starting to get a bit droopy after >50 rides.