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To say the least, Assos always keeps us on our toes. With every new design, we get a "why didn't we think of that" feeling, and the tB.laalaLai_S5 Women's Bib Shorts are no exception to this. More than just a tongue-twister of a name, the tB.laalaLai is a revolution in anatomically designed cycling apparel.
Don't think of the tB.laalaLai_S5 bib shorts as a sleeveless skinsuit, but as bib shorts with a zipper and a large pocket. The reason that we see them as bibs is because the front and back panels of the top are made from an amazing two-layer laminate. The layer against your skin is Assos' micro-mesh — a hydrophobic/hydrophilic stretch fabric that keeps the skin feeling dry. This mesh is laminated to Type.409 EVO glossy — an ultralight and super-thin, four-way stretch fabric. The top fits like a second skin around your torso. This means that all of the fabric will touch your skin, wicking like crazy and replacing the need for a base layer. The substantial amount of material also provides great support for keeping the shorts in place.
The legs are made from Assos TypeA.430 spandex. Similar to 434, in that it's ultra-thin and offers great compressive support. However, the main difference is that 430 is thinner and softer, making the material more comfortable on warm to hot days. And since comfort is paramount to Assos, the leg grippers only go halfway around each leg.
As with Assos' other top-shelf offerings, this monosuit comes with the FI.Lady_S5 chamois — it's the celeste colored pad that you've heard about. Compared to most pads, S5 is a bit shorter from front-to-back, and it's a bit wider in the sit bones. A design made for comfort, it stretches to move with your body and has extra protection in all the right places. When seen in hand, the extra padding doesn't look like much, but when worn, you'll feel the difference under your sit bones.
Since this is made to be a suit you can wear alone in hot weather, there's a pocket in back. It's a single-cavity space, with a zipper at the top. It's big enough for a few bars and some essentials, but it's also specifically designed to fit the jS.laalaLai jersey shell.
The Assos tB.laalaLai_S5 Bib Shorts - Women's are available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and the colors Black Volkanga, Piton Green, Red Swiss, and White Panther.
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- Q & A
Favorite shorts/bibs ever
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I received these bibs as a gift in a size medium and small. I am 5'6", 125 lbs, small up top with relatively more muscular lower body. I can fit in both the small and medium, but find the medium more comfortable because it pulls less on my shoulders. I am a mountain biker and road cyclist and love wearing these bibs for both activities! The material is breathable and soft and the fit on these bibs is very comfortable. The leg bands don't compress too much and the legs also don't ride up. The chamois is the best I've ever tried by far; it gives excellent padding throughout the seat area, including the gluteal fold. These bibs fit easily under my mountain bike shorts and have never made me overheat. The material is only somewhat see through in the legs, but not in the chest or seat area. All in all, if I could only have one pair of bibs or shorts for the rest of my cycling career, these would be it!
White ones are see through
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought 2 pairs of these for my girlfriend, she loves the chamois and the material but the white bottoms are pretty much see through. Luckily the pad spans a wide enough area that it provides enough coverage to keep her decent.
Also she had to go a size up. Typically a small in Pearl Izumi and Castelli, Medium in these due to the full coverage top
Hi, my measurements are: chest 34", hips...
Hi, my measurements are: chest 34", hips 36", height 5"4. Which size is most suitable for me please?