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La Passione Club bibshorts review

6 Oct 2020
Verdict:

La Passione gives you quality fabrics and cut at a reasonable price with its Club bibshorts

Cyclist Rating: 
For 
Top notch fabrics and cut • Comfortable pad
Against 
Bib straps tend to bunch over the shoulders

Italian brand La Passione sells direct from its website, shipping free to the UK if you spend over £90. It says that this model lets it offer high quality kit at a price that undercuts the competition, by cutting out the distributor, retailer and marketing.

That’s not a way of doing business that’s unique to La Passione, but it’s mixed with Italian design flair for kit like the Club bibshorts that’s a notch up from others at this price.

My test La Passione Club bibshorts arrived quickly, neatly packaged and complete with a smart navy blue cotton musette. Once unwrapped, they looked smart and were super-comfortable.

 

That’s largely down to the Lycra fabric used, which feels noticeably more substantial, stretchier and more supportive than most £100 shorts. The cut is quite close without being restrictive and the legs a little longer than is typical. They’re finished off with really wide, raw edged grippers with silicone dots on the inside, keeping them very firmly in place. They’re neatly flatlock stitched to the legs too.

 

La Passione specs a high quality pad from Elastic Interface, which makes the majority of high end pads for other clothing brands too. It’s comfortable, with plenty of density under the sitbones and a soft outer layer that’s unlikely to irritate the skin. The pad’s density is quoted at 80kg/m3.

 

The front and rear of the Club bibshorts comes high up the torso, so that there’s plenty of overlap with your jersey. That’s topped off with mesh bibs that stretch lengthwise, but not from side to side.

In theory this should help prevent bunching. But I did find that the bibs gathered a little over my shoulders, although this wasn’t uncomfortable. The mesh is very lightweight, so there’s excellent breathability even on hot rides.

 

There’s minimal additional detailing to the shorts, which I like. It’s confined to the company name on one leg and four dashes on the other, plus there’s a reflective tab sewn into the outer seam of both legs.

I really like the grey colour option, called 'Iron' by La Passione. It makes a stylish change from the uniform black of most cycling bibshorts. Black is available if you like it though and there’s a navy blue option as well.

 

Fit-wise, the La Passione shorts feel true to size. I’m on the cusp between the small and medium sizes and tested the size medium. I reckon I’d have fitted OK in the small though.

At £105, the La Passione Club bibshorts feel like good value and a notch above others at the price. They’re the cheapest option in La Passione’s range.

Buy now from La Passione here

None of its bibshorts cost more than £145, which La Passione suggests gives you a comparable garment to a £200 pair of bibshorts from other brands.

La Passione sells the usual array of jerseys and other kit to complement the Club bibshorts. Most comes in simple, understated single colour or block pattern designs, for a straightforward but stylish look.

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Price: 
£105

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