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The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

The right bib shorts can mean the difference between a ride to remember and an uncomfortable sufferfest. Here, we break down the best men's cycling bibs of 2024.
Best cycling bibs for menTesting cycling bibs in Moab; (photo/Steve Graepel)
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The best men’s cycling bibs are the foundation of our comfort on the bike. Serving as the critical interface between our bodies and our bike saddles, the right pair of bibs can enhance your comfort, performance, and enjoyment on every ride.

With shoulder straps to keep them in position without putting pressure on your waist, cycling bibs are the shorts of choice for most serious cyclists. But with more brands and models to choose from than ever before, finding the right cycling bibs is more confusing than ever. With different materials, designs, chamois pads, cargo pockets, etc., there’s a lot to consider when searching for your next pair.

To help, our crew of gravel and road cycling experts shouldered over two dozen pairs of men’s cycling bibs to find the best available in 2024. Testers Seiji Ishii, Steve Graepel, and Bennet Shane spent thousands of hours riding in these bibs to bring you this curated list of the best options on the market. From smooth tarmac to rutted fire roads, each model was put through its paces while evaluating its fit, comfort, materials, pads, and performance in the real world.

Below, you’ll find our favorite cycling bibs, followed by the best of the rest, which are also worthwhile options to consider. To see all of the models we tested at a glance, take a look at our comparison chart. If you’re new to cycling bibs, our comprehensive buyer’s guide contains helpful information that can help guide your purchase decision, and you can find answers to frequently asked questions.

Editor’s Note: We updated our best men’s cycling bibs buyer’s guide on May 14, 2024, with the addition of six new models including the top-rated Attaquer All Day Bibs, high-end Rapha Pro Team Powerweave, and the cargo-friendly Ostroy Camper Cargo.

The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024


Best Overall Men's Cycling Bibs

Attaquer All Day Bib Short

Specs

  • Material 100% Recycled Nylon, Oeko-Tex approved
  • Chamois Signature, high-density, two-piece chamois
  • Available colors Aubergine, Orange, Smoke, Navy, Pine, Black/White
  • Available sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
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Pros

  • Excellent pad comfort
  • High-quality construction
  • Great fit

Cons

  • Dense straps are better with a base layer than without
Best Budget Men's Cycling Bibs

Pearl Izumi Quest Bib Shorts

Specs

  • Materials 77% recycled polyester, 14% elastane, 9% polyester
  • Chamois Pearl Izumi Levitate
  • Available Colors Black, twilight
  • Available Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024(Photo/Pearl Izumi)

Pros

  • Great price, still has quality construction
  • Very comfortable chamois regardless of price
  • Fabric breathes well

Cons

  • Low compression might not be for some
  • Lighter feeling fabric might not be as durable as others against punctures and abrasion
Best Moderately Priced Men's Cycling Bibs

Giro Chrono Elite Bib Short

Specs

  • Material Renew series 80% recycled nylon; 20% elastane bluesign-approved fabric
  • Chamois 4 density Elastic Interface, 14 mm thick
  • Available colors Black, black data mosh, black mica, Andrew Jackson
  • Available sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Comfortable straps
  • Excellent ventilation
  • 80% Recycled material
  • Moderate price

Cons

  • None
Best High-End Men's Cycling Bibs

Rapha Pro Team Powerweave Bib Shorts

Specs

  • Material Powerweave: 71% Nylon, 29% Elastane
  • Chamois 5 mm elite-level race pad
  • Available Colors Black,
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL,
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Perfect balance of breathability and compression
  • Excellent pad performance
  • Clean fit
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Very expensive
Best Men's Cycling Bibs with Cargo Pockets

Ostroy Camper Cargo Bibs

Specs

  • Material 80% Polyamide, 20% Elastane. Bluesign® and Oeko-Tex approved
  • Chamois Gallio long distance pad
  • Available colors Eggplant, Clay, Bossa Nova, Chocolate Brown, Poseidon Blue, Black, Curry, Aqua Verde
  • Available sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Excellent pad comfort
  • High-quality construction
  • Affordable
  • 8 Color options
  • Moderately priced

Cons

  • Camper van graphic may not fit everyone's style
Best Men's Cycling Bibs for Racing

Attaquer Race Bib Short

Specs

  • Material 71% polyamide and 29% elastane
  • Chamois Attaquer Race
  • Available Colors Pine, burgundy, navy. black/white, fuchsia, anthracite, cobalt, cocoa, ascensionism
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024(Photo/Attaquer)

Pros

  • Compressive, race-oriented fit
  • Race chamois well suited to more aggressive body positions
  • Fabric, seamless leg panels, and chamois felt luxurious against skin
  • Many colors available and being pre-dyed, they are deep and rich
  • Crash replacement policy

Cons

  • Race-oriented fit and chamois is less ideal for all-around riding
Best Men's Cycling Bibs for Hot Weather

Velocio Ultralight Bib Short

Specs

  • Materials 71% polyamide, 29% elastane
  • Chamois Velocio Signature chamois by Cytech EIT
  • Available Colors Navy, black
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Thin and light fabric is breathable and feels cool, but remains opaque
  • Soft and comfortable chamois
  • Comfortable straps
  • Crossed straps work well in keeping bibs stable

Cons

  • Lighter fabric may not be as durable or crash-resistant
  • A bit pricey

Best of the Rest

Mission Workshop Mission Pro Bib

Specs

  • Material Quattro main body, Dyneema side panels
  • Chamois Elastic Interface
  • Available Colors Coffee Brown, Black, Purple, Forrest Green
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Extremely durable side panels
  • Great fit for "average" cyclist builds
  • Significant cargo capacity in mesh thigh and back pockets
  • Chamois is padded where it's needed, thin otherwise

Cons

  • Not the most breathable
  • Thin shoulder straps difficult to lay flat
  • Expensive

Velocio LUXE Bib Shorts

Specs

  • Materials 62% polyamide, 38% elastane
  • Chamois Velocio Signature chamois by Cytech EIT
  • Available Colors Oxide red, navy, coffee, black, charcoal, dark olive, deep sea
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Top-notch compression fit
  • Effective anti-chafing design
  • Large size range

Cons

  • Not the most breathable
  • Expensive

Assos Mille GTS Bib Short C2

Specs

  • Material 80% nylon, 20% elastane
  • Chamois Mille S7 Evo
  • Available Colors Black
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, TIR
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Great pad comfort
  • Breathes well in the heat
  • Extremely durable

Cons

  • Strap edge can cause chafing
  • Only come in black

Velocio Signature Bib Short

Specs

  • Material 78% Polyamide; 22% Nylon. All recycled Bluesign-approved fabric
  • Chamois Proprietary Signature chamois by Cytech EIT
  • Available colors Black, Pine, Navy
  • Available sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Excellent pad comfort
  • Perfect fit
  • 100% Recycled material

Cons

  • Expensive

Pearl Izumi Expedition PRO Bib Shorts

Specs

  • Materials 46% recycled nylon, 38% polyester, 16% elastane
  • Chamois Pearl Izumi Levitate PRO
  • Available Colors Black, pinyon, dark violet
  • Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024(Photo/Pearl Izumi)

Pros

  • Drop tail design for nature breaks
  • Levitate PRO chamois is among the best
  • Italian PRO Transfer fabric has a premium feel
  • Bib straps are the best of the bunch

Cons

  • Rear of bib is bulkier than most
  • A bit pricey

Attaquer Cargo Bib

Specs

  • Material 80% Polyamide, 20% Elastane. Bluesign and Oeko-Tex approved
  • Chamois Signature two-piece contoured chamois
  • Available colors Black, Pine, Grey Smoke
  • Available sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL,
The Best Cycling Bibs for Men of 2024

Pros

  • Excellent pad comfort
  • Ample, convenient storage with 4 cargo pockets
  • Clean fit, good compression
  • Comfortable straps

Cons

  • Expensive

Cycling Bib Comparison Chart

Cycling BibPriceMaterialChamois
Attaquer All Day Bib Short$265100% Recycled Nylon, Oeko-Tex approvedSignature two-piece contoured chamois
Pearl Izumi Quest Bib Shorts$7577% recycled polyester, 14% elastane, 9% polyesterPearl Izumi Levitate
Giro Chrono Elite Bib Shorts$200Renew series 80% recycled nylon; 20% elastane Bluesign-approved fabric4-density elastic interface, 14 mm thick
Rapha Pro Team Powerweave$380Powerweave: 71% Nylon, 29% Elastane5 mm elite-level race pad
Ostroy Camper Cargo$17580% Polyamide, 20% Elastane. Bluesign and Oeko-Tex approvedGallio long-distance pad
Attaquer Race Bib Short$26571% polyamide and 29% elastaneAttaquer Race
Velocio Ultralight Bib Short$25971% polyamide,29% elastaneVelocio Signature chamois by Cytech
Mission Workshop Mission Pro Bib$305Quattro main body, Dyneema side panelsElastic Interface
Velocio LUXE Bib Short$27962% polyamide, 38% elastaneVelocio Signature chamois by Cytech
Assos Mille GTS Bib Short C2$22080% nylon, 20% elastaneMille S7 EVO
Velocio Signature Bib Short$249100% recycled premium Italian compression lycraVelocio Signature chamois by Cytech
Pearl Izumi Expedition PRO Bib Shorts$265 46% recycled nylon, 38% polyester, 16% elastanePearl Izumi Levitate PRO
Attaquer Cargo Bib$29080% Polyamide, 20% Elastane. Bluesign and Oeko-Tex approvedSignature two-piece contoured chamois
Cycling Editor Seiji Ishii testing the Best Cycling Bibs for Men
GearJunkie Cycling Editor testing bibs in the mountains of Colorado; (photo/Seiji Ishii)

How We Tested Men’s Cycling Bibs

To create this buyer’s guide, we systematically tested cycling bibs and compiled notes and impressions. In our search for the best cycling bibs on the market, we rode various bikes in all weather conditions. From sunny singletrack days to cold and drizzly century rides, these bibs have been through the wringer.

While testing, we paid close attention to a number of different factors, including comfort, breathability, durability, chamois performance, straps, leg grippers, compressions, and support. We’ve been testing bibs for decades, and it isn’t easy to impress us. The products on this list earned their titles through rigorous scrutiny by experienced and selective cyclists.

Finally, the testing doesn’t stop here. As bibs hit the market, we’ll strap them on to ensure that our lineup is as fresh as possible.

Why You Should Trust Us

The GearJunkie team consists of avid cyclists across all disciplines. No matter what type of riding we’re doing, we know that having the right shorts can make the difference between an epic ride or a miserable sufferfest. When we’re road or gravel riding (and sometimes mountain biking) we always reach for cycling bibs to achieve maximum comfort on the bike.

Our authors, Bennett Shane, Steve Graepel, and GearJunkie cycling editor Seiji Ishii, have logged thousands of hours and millions of miles in the saddle. Ishii has been cycling for nearly 40 years and has competed at a high level in both road cycling and mountain biking. As our cycling editor, he has a seemingly endless supply of new gear to try out, and he has spent decades testing, scrutinizing, and reviewing the latest and greatest products. Ishii tested men’s cycling bibs all over the US, from the mountains of Colorado and California to the hot and humid roads near his home in central Texas.

Steve Graepel lives and rides in the Boise, Idaho area and frequently goes on bikepacking adventures around the world. Steve has been professionally testing and reviewing a huge range of cycling and outdoor products for GearJunkie for the past 10 years. An avid gravel rider and adventure cyclist, he knows the importance of having the right cycling bibs to stay comfortable and maximize his enjoyment during long days on the bike.

Bennett Shane also contributed to this guide. Bennett is an obsessive road cyclist with over two decades of riding experience. He spends an inordinate amount of time in the saddle training, riding for fun, and testing a variety of cycling-related products for GearJunkie and other outlets. He previously worked for numerous prominent brands in the cycling industry and has comprehensive knowledge of cycling apparel, accessories, and components from both sides of the table.

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A GearJunkie tester sampling bib shorts in Columbia. The coffee wasn’t bad, either; (photo/Marc Gasch)

Buying Guide: How to Choose Men’s Cycling Bibs

The big question is, do bib shorts have a place in the drawers of the everyday rider? The answer is yes — and for a few important reasons. Here, we’ll cover the important factors to consider when searching for your next pair of men’s cycling bibs.

Why You Need Cycling Bibs

The primary consideration is shoulder straps. Straps prevent the shorts from drifting south without relying on waistband tension and keep the chamois in place, reducing chafing and bunching. Reducing compression around the gut also allows you to breathe without restriction and can minimize that “gut-bomb” feeling you get after eating and hydrating while riding.

Bibs also cover up any gap between a jersey and shorts. Showing crack isn’t just unsightly — it’s also annoying to have to hike up shorts to readjust the position of the chamois pad, and it’s a terrible place to get an unexpected sunburn. All these are good reasons for considering cycling bibs over traditional cycling shorts.

Speaking of Lycra, yes, it’s “aero” and looks fast. More importantly, it compresses the body, reducing road fatigue by dampening vibrations that can beat muscles into submission. And it prevents any dragging on the saddle and keeps annoying extra material from flapping in the wind.

What to Look For in Cycling Bibs

Fit

Wearing cycling bibs while taking a break on a road bike ride
Getting the right fit is key for comfort and performance on the bike. Well-fitting bibs hug your body like a second skin and don’t move around at all while riding; (photo/Ben Guernsey)

How a cycling bib fits is highly personal, but there are a few general universal pointers.

First, the vertical dimension must work for your torso length in the riding position. If the bibs are too short vertically, the straps will pull up on the shorts, and you can feel undue pressure in the worst places. Likewise, if the cycling bibs are too long vertically, they may not be effective at keeping the chamois pad in place, and irritating wrinkles and folds in the fabric can form while riding.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how it feels standing up — it matters how it feels in the riding position you will use most, which is usually on the brake hoods.

Another factor to consider is the amount of compression you desire. Some cyclists love a super tight fit, touting that it prevents fatigue and feels better overall, while others are the exact opposite. This also affects the leg grippers — the bottom of the bib legs have to have enough friction (usually from silicone inlays) and tension to stay down, or else they can ride up and cause wrinkles or discomfort.

Finally, the pattern — typically made by paneling the fabric — must match your anatomy for a smooth, aerodynamic, and wrinkle-free fit. If a cycling bib fits perfectly, it will remain stable and wrinkle-free for hours in the cycling position. Accumulated wrinkles do compromise aerodynamics, but more importantly, they can cause irritation in the wrong places.

Areas to look for are in front of the hip joints and around the edges of the chamois. A wrinkle may appear at the hip when that leg comes up in the pedaling motion, but it will disappear when it drops on a good-fitting kit. Some bibs will not wrinkle at all in any position.

Chamois

The staffers at GearJunkie have learned the hard way that a good chamois can make or break a ride. Originally made from leather, today’s chamois have padding made from foams and gels with variable quality, density, thickness, and durability. There’s usually a tradeoff between chamois padding and saddle foam, with the current bias being for more padding in the chamois and less in the saddle.

Some premium brands use a third-party chamois that has built an empire entirely around comfort and durability. Brands engineer these pads to reduce bulk, prominent edges, moisture retention, and friction while increasing breathability. All of these reduce irritation and chafing and help manage moisture.

Good chamois pads are typically firmer and contoured with subtle creases to wrap the saddle and anatomy without bunching. Chamois adhere to the shorts via zig-zag or flat-lock stitching to further reduce friction and chafing.

Higher-quality padding is engineered from a durable, perforated foam, with higher-density gel foams directly under the sit bones. This tech costs a little more, but you get a longer shelf life. If you plan to ride often, the upfront cost will pay dividends over the miles.

Companies usually offer different kinds of chamois, or pads, optimized for different kinds of riding. So be sure to evaluate your time in the saddle and buy accordingly. The chamois is the bread and butter of any cycling short, from aero bibs to looser-fitting mountain bike shorts. They’re likely where the lion’s share of your coin will go when purchasing a bib short. We’ve found it’s best not to skimp.

Panels

Riding a gravel bike in the desert wearing cycling bib shorts
Well-executed paneling and quality materials create shorts that conform perfectly to the body for a better fit and performance; (photo/Steve Graepel)

The anatomy of the human body has an intricate form, with curves and joints that can make obtaining a tailored fit no small feat of engineering. Usually, more panels can wrap around the body with less bunching (which can cause irritable chafing).

Most panels are sewn together with flatlock stitching, which theoretically rides smoothly against the skin. However, many companies still sew panels together with piped overlock stitches.

Bibs are available in thermal, waterproof, and weather-resistant fabrics — and with enhanced breathability suitable for riding in the hottest environments. While most bib shorts will leverage Lycra as the base material, many companies weave proprietary fabrics into it for added breathability and performance benefits. Take time to evaluate when and where you will ride, and buy bib shorts with materials that match the environment.

Straps and Leg Grippers

Cycling in an aggressive position while wearing bib shorts
The best bib shorts have straps that lay flat, are comfortable, balance stretch and support, and allow for a range of body positions on the bike; (photo/Simon Krenk)

While a chamois is the most important component of bib shorts, straps distinguish a bib from a short and shouldn’t be overlooked. These are often made of mesh, woven material, or other stretch fabrics. Fashionable piping can finish the strap edges, but we like the feel of laser-cut, raw-edged straps that hold the bibs up without cutting into the shoulders. A good pair will have a yoke that eases around the belly and incorporates a breathable mesh upper that allows the wind to whisk away heat.

Bib straps should balance stretch and tension to keep the shorts in place while still allowing for freedom of movement for the full range of cycling body positions. Getting the right size bibs to suit your torso length is an important factor in this equation as that will certainly impact the way a bib’s straps interact with your body and dynamic movements on the bike.

Riding a road bike while wearing cycling bib shorts
Well-designed leg grippers maintain tension and grip at the leg opening to help keep the shorts from shifting while riding; (photo/Simon Krenk)

Similar to the straps, the leg grippers help keep the shorts locked to the legs. Good bibs will often have gummy silicone dots or strips at the leg openings to grip the skin and keep them from riding up or twisting.

High-end brands are shifting from tight bands at the bottom of the legs to larger panels that expand the compression down the leg a few inches. We’ve found this provides compression without constriction and feels more natural on tired legs.

That’s a lot of information to sit on, but if you take time to evaluate your style of riding, try on a few pairs and see what fits your body — there’s a bib short for everyone that will put the comfort of non-bib shorts to shame.

FAQ

What makes a good cycling bib?

First, you need a cycling bib that offers maximum comfort. While a good chamois costs more, it will pay dividends down the line. It will feel better and probably last longer.

Next, you’ll want to consider your riding conditions. For hot weather, look for breathable materials, and you may even want a few mesh panels. For cooler conditions, consider models that have beefier, insulated, or wind/weather-resistant fabrics.

The straps and leg grippers also affect a bib’s comfort and performance. These elements help keep the bibs in place even on long rides. Our testers find that the laser-cut, raw-edged straps offer the best all-day comfort. For leg grippers, we look for silicone on the inside of extended panels at the bottom of the legs.

It’s also important to consider your riding style and duration. If you’re heading out on all-day rides or into off-the-beaten-path terrain, you may want to consider cargo bibs. Cargo bibs have external pockets that add storage and keep essentials easily accessible while you ride.

Are bike shorts or bibs better?

Choosing between bike shorts and bibs ultimately comes down to personal preference. But, the vast majority of serious cyclists prefer bibs for several reasons.

The main differentiator between bibs and shorts is the shoulder straps. While shorts rely on tension at the waist to keep them in place, bib straps add tension over the shoulders to keep the shorts and chamois in the optimal position on the bike. The straps keep the shorts from riding down and ensure the chamois remains in positioned between you and your saddle to be most effective. Properly fitting cycling bibs are unrestrictive, and the lack of waistband pressure is more comfortable and allows you to breathe more easily.

It may sound trivial, but bibs also rise higher in the rear and prevent any gap between your jersey and shorts. Not only can this be unsightly, but it isn’t ideal to expose this part of your body to the sun or road spray.

Why do cyclists wear bib shorts?

As mentioned earlier, bibs reduce bunching and unwanted gapping between a jersey and shorts. They also reduce compression around the torso, allowing for a more comfortable ride while leaning forward on the bike. If you’re hesitant to wear lycra, check out our bike shorts Q & A for even more compelling reasons to pick up a pair of stretchy shorts for riding

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