Best Overall Men's Bike Shorts
Giordana Laser Bibshorts
The Giordana Laser Bibshorts
finished at the front of the pack in our review. This made-in-Italy bib offers the best chamois we tested, along with one of the best fits that moves freely with the body while in the saddle. Careful consideration was given to the fabric choice and placement to make it more breathable. The construction of the bib is also very well done, holding up to the wear and tear of our riding. This bib retails at $195, which is the most expensive of the shorts we tested, but is worth the money for what it delivers. The Giordana Laser Bib was at home on the short and fast track as well as spinning it out on the long rides. It was easy to 'set and forget' so that our attention wasn't drawn back to what we were wearing due to problems. It allowed us to get into the zone and stay there, anticipating what riders actually look for in a bib.
Best Bang for the Buck
Pearl Izumi Quest Short
The Best Buy Award goes to the Pearl Izumi Quest Short
, which is the most basic of the shorts or bibs that we tested. Retailing at $50, it is $60 less than the next least expensive short and $145 less than our Editors' Choice Award winner. The Quest Short's rating is a result of us having a solid testing line-up, allowing us to get technical with our assessment and review. The performance you get for the price is more than worth it. The Pearl Izumi Quest Short comes with an ample chamois, a comfortable fit, and enough breathability to keep you riding for hours. It is not as technologically advanced or specific to certain needs as other shorts we tested, but makes a great general short. If you're looking to get a couple rides in over the course of a week, check out these shorts.
Top Pick for Short Course
Castelli Velocissimo Due Short
The Top Pick Award goes to the Castelli Velocissimo Due Short
, the most consistently high-ranking short/bib we tested. The Due short does a specifically good job with the chamois and the fit. It excelled on the short to medium length rides, and we always looked forward to testing this short. Castelli uses a 'race' fit, which maximizes comfort in the riding position. The 10 panels of the Due Short are dynamic and organic shapes, which wrapped the contour of our legs like none of the other shorts we tested. These supported our muscles in a unique way and felt great while pedaling. The compression leg cuffs and breathable side panels contribute to making the Due short our Top Pick.