As everyone knows I happened to work a few extra hours one week and decided that I'd get myself something. I've been using shorts for the last 3 years and decided that it was finally time to upgrade to bibs but didn't really like the sometimes high price tag associated with items. I decided after reading a lot of reviews to go with the Love2Pedal brand bibs. Most people know him from eBay selling the funky jerseys. I decided to try these for a few reasons, I don't race, I don't tour and the price was definitely right.
Current specs on me: height 6'1" weight ~155lbs
Things I've used, Bellwether shorts, Performance Century (Liquicell and the latest version)
Cost 2 pair $69
The bibs come in 2 versions, regular and Deluxe. Essentially the only difference is the stitching of the panels and the deluxe having a mesh upper back. The pad is the same. The pad is a 'coolmax' pad that is about even with Performance Century shorts. It actually feels better than the PB brand and is a little more supportive(stiffer). The lycra is the same as you'd get on just about any lower/mid range shorts or bibs. Nothing special to say about that. If I had one gripe about the build quality of these things is simply how the pad is stitched to the shorts themselves. Other than that the overall quality on initial impression is very good.
Fit is rather nice. The gripper is tight enough to stay put but not so much it hurts. The straps are kinda on the looser side, I thought they'd be a little bit tighter but it's not an issue really. They don't unnecessarily tug or pull or bunch at the waist the way shorts do. Nice. They do come up a little high to the belly and going to the bathroom might be a problem with the straps up. I haven't really tried it to find out.
Ride quality. So far I've had one ride with them, I'll update later as I get some more time in the saddle, but I can say that they are very comfortable. I hardly even knew they pad was there. During my 90 minute ride I had 0 comfort issues, 0 chaffing issues, pretty much 0 issues. I know with my PB shorts I'm constantly having to adjust them mid ride and I didn't have to do that with these.
So far so good but I'll wait a month or so to give a definitive
I will say that just after one ride they definitely are better than my PB shorts and miles ahead of my Bellwether's. Like I said, time will tell and I'll update then.