Road Cycling Clothing

Review: Pactimo Summit Raptor Bibs

Adele may have found her perfect pair of bib shorts...

Racy, in more ways than one.

Every so often a garment lands on my desk that is quite breath taking in its fabulousness. Pactimo’s bib shorts don’t just fit into this category, they actually own it.

I have rarely worn shorts so comfortable and of such lovely quality: they are designed for hard, long rides and there is a whole list of trademarked technologies (see ‘they say’ below) to make sure they do the job. The size M fitted my size 10, tall (5’ 9”) frame without pulling or rubbing, the leg band is double turned (a proper hem!) with a silicon gripper that doesn’t dig in and the pad is a comfort dream.

The cut of the panels and use of stretch technical fabrics – which I will sum up as shiny for the leg panels, net for the back panel (with ‘well hello there’ keyhole detail), and luxe-feel satin-sheen ‘scales’ for the rest – are clearly employed for their performance benefits. The result, however, is like wearing the best shapewear ever. Step into them with a body like a bag of spuds and seconds later you’ve been re- sculpted into the body of Beyonce (well, almost). They’re so flattering that it’s tempting to wear them for a night out – now would make an interesting review.

The contrast colour on the legs can best be described as ‘noticeable’: one side features a bright pink thigh-hugging logo while the other side is an equally eye-catching graduated grey. There is also a huge logo on the bum that, believe me, no one will fail to spot as you sprint past them – for these are not shorts for going slowly in. If the colour isn’t quite your thing, never fear because these are also available in plain black.

These bibs are loud, proud, confident and extremely competent – much like the rider that they are clearly designed for.

Pactimo say:

Whether 5 hours in the mountains or grinding it out on the flats, the Summit Raptor Bib Short will provide the finest bib short experience you’ve ever had.

The Raptor Bibs represent the ultimate combination of performance design, technical fabrics and premium components. Engineered with Pactimo’s proprietary Silhouette™ articulation to provide a superlative fit in your riding position. Flash coldblack® technology pushes heat and perspiration away from the skin while reflecting UV rays and lowering your skin temperature. The exceptional compression qualities of the Raptor fabric help to increase oxygen delivery to active muscles while in motion. The Cytech chamois is engineered with a unique curved anatomic shape using special high density foam and pressure relief channel to offer superb comfort on even your longest rides.


Women’s specific design

Teardrop bib strap design

Raptor™ fabric from Schoeller-Eschler with Flash coldblack® technology

CyTech’s Endurance 2 X-Tract Women’s Chamois

Silhouette™ Engineering to provide a superlative fit

Italian double turned leg band with silicon gripper 100%

Flatlock stitching


My verdict: Flaunt-tastic. 

Price: £125

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Photos by Paul Mitchell.


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