Updated May 2017
This spring we completely updated the review with eight new models. We have four new award winners and split up the Best Buy winners between the best overall value and the best on a tight budget.
Best Overall Men's Bike Shorts
SUGOi Evolution Pro Bibs
Thick and firm chamois
Leg grippers slide up
Seams in high abrasion areas
Might need replacement after 2-3 seasons
The SUGOi Evolution
finished at the front of the pack in our review. This bib offers the best chamois we tested, along with the best fit 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 $120, which makes it very affordable for most riders and absolutely earns every penny. The SUGOi Evolution Bib was at home on the short and fast track as well as grinding it out on the long rides. It was easy to forget about adjusting and standing to relieve pressure so that our attention wasn't drawn away from the road or the pull or the chase. It allowed us to get into the zone and stay there. This is what riders actually look for in a bib.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Gore Power 3.0 Bibs
8 panels for flexibility
Not very flashy
The Power 3.0 Bibtight Short+
is one of the most durable and high-performing items in our lineup. Retailing at $119, it will outlast the equally affordable Editors' Choice winning SUGOi Evolution Pro by at least a season, yet outperforms five of the other shorts and bibs, and is $30 cheaper than the less versatile Best Short Course winners, the Louis Garneau CB Carbon 2 shorts. The Gore bib'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 Gore bib comes with an ample chamois, great durability, 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 bib. If you're looking to get a couple rides in over the course of a week, check out these shorts.
Read Full Review: Gore Bike Wear Power 3.0 Bibtights Short+
Top Pick for Short Course
Louis Garneau CB Carbon 2
Sleek and flashy
Smooth and fast
Might wear out quickly,
Leg grippers ride up
The Top Pick Award goes to the CB Carbon 2 Short
, one of the most advanced short/bib we tested. The CB Carbon 2 short does an awesome job with the chamois and its targeted, multi-density padding. It excelled on the short to medium length rides, and we always looked forward to testing this short. The panels of the Louis Garneau are ergonomic and help support while removing stress on the back of the legs, hugging the contour of the 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 carbon mesh contribute to making the CB Carbon 2 short our Top Pick.
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Best on a Tight Budget
Zoot Active Tri
Convenient side pockets
Comfortable fleece padding
Fleece padding covers short distances
Not especially attractive
Tends to slip without drawstring
On a tight budget, the Active Tri Short
is the best option. These shorts retail for $80, but in addition to a good hour of comfort in the saddle and high-performance fabrics, they deliver a wide range of uses. As their name implies, these are meant for triathlons, so they're fantastic for those just getting into cycling or triathlons and looking to cross train. These also do great in the spin room where giant padded diaper shorts are just excessive. The only potential detriment is their durability.
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