SIGR Mens ‘RIKSVÄG 92 CARGO’ Bib Shorts
by Chris Gallley
by Chris Gallley
First of all, let’s get to the bottom of things -Literally!
Have you ever thought about the connection to your bike and ultimately the road? You might say it’s’ your cleats, it might be your gloves or it could be your shoes. How many times do you consider what’s going on in the bum department? How many times do you feel that tell-tale ache coming on and as a man that dull numbness starting which forces you up and out of the saddle to bring some life back to that area of darkness.
Well, it’s something you really need to get right and to put some thought into. However, I can help you out with that and narrow down your choices somewhat. It’s something called ‘Elastic Interface’. Never heard of it? They are the people who make the very best cycling pads on the market. The best cycling apparel manufacturers use them in all the best products. Next time you check out a pair of cycling shorts or leggings check the manufacturer of the pad first. If it’s ‘Elastic Interface’ you are probably onto a winner. Now for the rest of these excellent shorts…
So, when Sigr sent me their new Riksvag 92 Cargo shorts, I dived straight into the packaging to check out the pad. They do not let you down! They’ve opted for the Elastic Interface Anatomic Road pad for men. Especially engineered for a males anatomy and boy does it work well.
I am a triathlete by sport, so to finally see a set of general cycling bib shorts with pockets on the thighs is superb. Why hasn’t this been done before? Expertly crafted mesh panels, spread across your outer thigh allow you to store gels, bars or other small items in safety. You don’t have to fish around in rear pockets any more. For those with shoulder issues or age related mobility issues it’s genius.
The Riksvag bib shorts are my favourite shorts to date. Inspired by a lonely mountain road in Sweden these are super comfortable, built to last, robustly sewn together and with more than enough support high into the belly area to stop that uncomfortable hang-over found in other bibs. Chest and shoulder straps are meshed for breathability. There’s deep thigh silicone grippers which do a great job of preventing the legs riding up and chaffing.
Sigr states I will feel like a ‘Cycle Pro’ in these shorts and they’re quite correct. These are the most comfortable and well thought out bibs that I’ve ever tested. Made from 100% recycled fibre that builds upon the Sigr foundation for ethical style, they’re constructed differently for men and women, which highlights their strive towards cycling equality. These bibs arealso resistant to oil and grease, and have built-in UV protection – not often needed inthe Yorkshire Dales 😉
They are not cheap though, coming in at the higher end of the market for a pair, but I can tell you these bib shorts are worth every penny (or cent). They will soon be your go to pair of cycling shorts for some time to come, and as I mentioned at the beginning – they will care for that area of darkness like nothing else.