During testing, there wasn’t a lot to notice about the Santini Rea 2.0 bib shorts. No areas of restriction, no chafing, no tightness or baggy areas, in fact, you would barely notice they were there at all!
The construction of the leg panels has been cleverly thought through, with four panels on each leg giving a well-contoured fit. Silicone grippers are employed around the inner thigh only, in combination with a more elastic material, and the raw hem on the legs banishes seams which may lead to irritation.
The polyamide/elastane ‘Thunderbike Power Material’ gives a moderate level of compression, supposedly to reduce muscle fatigue, and has also been designed to be durable, keeping your kit looking and feeling as good as new for seasons to come. This cut on the thighs is not only supremely comfortable but also keeps these shorts firmly in place without being restrictive.
Moving up to the hips and waist, these bib shorts extend quite high up to eradicate the chance of any restriction or discomfort in the stomach region whilst riding, giving total support whilst remaining breathable too through the lightweight mesh construction. Although the Y-shaped fixing may be a little awkward when it comes to relieving yourself, whilst in the saddle, it keeps you ache-free for hours on end, with no neck or shoulder irritation that may be experienced with other bib designs.
Last but certainly not least, the GIL2 chamois is one of the best I’ve ever tested. In two parts, the inner silicone gel core gives good support to the crucial region, reducing shock impact whilst a wider, thinner area, or ‘wings’ act to prevent chafing. The upper of the two layers is also composed of an antimicrobial microfibre material, to keep you hygienic and happy in the saddle.
The Rea 2.0 bib shorts from Santini SMS retail at £81, a price considerably lower than other bib shorts of a comparable quality from other brands. Designed and made in Italy by this well-regarded firm, you can see why Santini is the brand of choice for many professional athletes with kit this good. The bib shorts, although simple and understated in styling, give superior comfort and performance, leaving you to focus on enjoying your ride, whatever discipline you choose.
Santini Rea 2..0 bib shorts are available in sizes x.small to xx.large here for £81.