Carisma Women’s Bib Shorts by Bicycle Line
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As with all their cycling clothing, the Carisma bib shorts by Bicycle Line are very high quality shorts with some extremely fine materials and features. Suited to rides of any length, they might just be your ‘go to’ bibs for every ride!
PROS: Very well designed fit, high quality fabrics, tough construction and very comfy Vuelta Evo chamois pad.
CONS: Leg cuffs may be a little loose for slim legs.
Quality and Comfort
The highlight of these shorts is the Italian power fabric and Vuelta Evo pad. The lycra provides a good level of compression and muscle support and stays cool in a variety of 20°C + temperatures. The shorts are made extremely well with very good stitching and some very nice details such as the Italian flag label and reflective details.
Being made with high quality lycra, the shorts are extremely comfortable. The bibs are very soft and fit well around your back and shoulders providing excellent comfort in warm weather.
The best part of the Vuelta Evo pad is it’s small size, which is also extremely dense making it suitable for all riding styles. Perfect for long distance, the Carsima shorts are built for sportive’s and long days in the saddle. You won’t get a more comfortable chamois at this price point.
Again, that Vuelta Evo pad provides all the performance you need from a luxury pair of bib shorts. The power lycra is very good as being breathable and flexible, providing all round comfort in warmer weather. The aerodynamic fit and cut of these shorts makes them the ideal choice for racing, training and even endurance rides up to and over 100 miles.
The generous leg cuffs and gripper provide superb grip and support, just be sure to think about sizing and fit before ordering.
Size and Fit
As no two people are ever the same shape or size, it’s never easy to say something doesn’t fit well. The Carisma bib shorts are extremely well made but unfortunately they are a little too relaxed for their size. As with their jerseys, it is probably worth sizing down if you want a slim fit close to your skin without any loose areas. The leg cuffs were also too large as you can see in our photographs, again if you have very muscular legs then this will not be a problem.
That being said, the torso bib area of the shorts fits very well, the straps are very comfortable and the waistline is nicely cut to provide an excellent fit.
Value for Money
€86.50 (£76 GBP / $101 USD) As with all of Bicycle Line’s range, you get a lot of quality for your money. At this price they are an amazing bib short for just about any ride you can throw at them. Just be careful with sizing!
If you get the sizing correct, these are one of the best value shorts for women from an established Italian brand that look superb and out perform many others twice this price.
Also in the photographs: Medal Jersey for Women by Bicycle Line