Whether you like papaya fruit or not, you have to admit that it's an interesting name for the proprietary fabric used to construct Santini's Core 2.0 Bib Men's Short. Santini doesn't give us much information about what exactly constitutes Papaya, but we do know it's a synthetic composition of moisture-wicking fibers designed to help you stay cool while you ride. We aren't sure what that has to do with the delicious tropical fruit, but aside from its curious fabric construction, the short makes a versatile wardrobe addition. Made to be used as everyday training kit, the Core 2.0 was built with Santini's signature touch of understated class and a form-fitting, contoured silhouette designed to move with you over the course of your ride.
Santini adopted a high waistband for the Core, a supportive trend we've seen more often as of late for both men's and women's kit. The smooth, structured design integrates with a breathable, Y-shaped bib strap design that's made to lie flat as you're stretched out over the bars. At the other end, elastic leg grippers backed by an anti-slip silicone coating prevent the leg hems from distracting you by bunching or moving as you stand to finish a climb. Santini's MAX2 chamois—made with flexible, multi-density foam arranged in a strategic topography—lines the short, keeping you comfortable whether you're just getting out for your first early-season spin or pushing for new weekly mileage goals.
- Item #SAN004M
- Q & A
A Bib Convert
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 165lbs
The majority of bibs I've tried on have either been just off in size, had oddly placed seams, or just weren't that comfortable (important to note I'm a budget shopper not willing to spend $200 on a pair of bibs). The medium fit perfectly. I use these under mountain bike shorts, but they breathe well, you barely notice the suspenders, the chamois has a comfortable pad, and these hold up on long rides. A great go to.