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William M.

William M.

William M.wrote a review of on October 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been wearing merino boxers every day as regular underwear for years now and have gone through several brands, these are by far the best that I've tried.

The material is thicker, more comfortable, and more durable than other brands, the inseam is longer, and they have the absolute best wide, soft, sewn-in waistband. Others are content with a raw elastic waistband, which presents 2 problems- it's uncomfortable, and the shorts tend to rip where the merino is stitched to the elastic. Not an issue with the stoic shorts which is a big reason why they last longer.

One slight knock- I have both black and heather grey pairs, and the inseam length on the grey ones are about 3

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William M.

William M.wrote a review of on September 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I bought them because they were on sale and because they're "liner" bibs.

I have a couple of pair of gravel shorts that I'd prefer to wear bibs under on occasion. I also have a pair of pad-less winter tights that I wear bibs with, so I thought I'd get quite a bit of use from these, and in fact I do.

In the case of the gravel shorts, I've worn other bibs under them and the thicker fabric of traditional bib shorts can get a bit warm. It seemed to me that a dedicate "liner" bib was just the ticket.

The fabric of the 7mesh shorts is lightweight, though not a "mesh" by any means. It's not see through or anything, and in a pinch I suppose you could wear these shorts as a regular pair of bibs with nothing over the top. The one thing detracting from that is the way the pad is sewn in leaves the seam exposed externally which gives it a bit of "diaper" like visibility, but it's not really that bad, especially while on the bike. If, for example, my gravel shorts got soaked for some reason, I'd have no issues with stripping down to just the 7mesh bibs and riding like that until my baggy shorts dried.

All that said, I'm pleasantly surprised by these shorts. the suspenders are light and some of the most comfortable I own, and the chamois is a personal favorite. It's not particularly thick, but is made of a denser, springier foam than either the castelli or rapha chamois I'm comparing it with, and the padding is particularly well placed. All in all I'm impressed with the engineering in this short, especially the chamois, and will look to 7mesh in the future for other products.

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