Adidas launches strapless bib shorts – or just shorts

Sportswear brand Adidas appears to have quietly added a line of cycling shorts to pair with its recent indoor cycling shoe release last month.

But while waist-high shorts are an established category – we’ve already reviewed those from Le Col, Rapha and dhb – the concept of a “strapless shorts” is certainly new to us …

To be fair, with cycling’s long history, there are many anachronisms that seem counterintuitive at first glance. The idea of ​​clipping into clipless pedals is a prime example, along with the many different ways of referring to wheel sizes – 700c, 29 “, 28” and ISO 622mm all feature the exact same rim diameter.

Yet that still leaves few excuses to introduce “strapless shorts” into the mix – the bibs are literally the suspenders!

There was already the perfectly apt term “waist shorts” for strapless shorts, but it seems to have gone beyond Adidas’ marketing department.

Suffice to say, it’s been the subject of derision on Twitter before, with commentators wondering if the short could really be real (empathetically, yes).

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To be fair, despite the oxymoron of their name, the strapless shorts seem like an interesting option. The leg length is ‘on trend’ so might not offer the most optimized airflow for turbo sessions, but again these shorts are not designed to be indoor specific. .

The “saddle time of over six hours” for which Adidas rates dual-density chamois is at least a promising start, while the use of 40% recycled materials in the total construction is a welcome nod to durability.

Bib shorts that don’t end up sinking in can be especially useful on long, multi-day hikes. Nature breaks are much easier for one thing, although the lack of exterior cargo or mesh pockets potentially limits these shorts in that regard.

To learn more about the Bib shorts, you can find them on the Adidas website here.

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