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BikeRadar thermal Bib Short Battle: Bontrager Race vs Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Ben Delaney/Future Publishing
Welcome to the first edition of BikeRadar Battle, where two similar products face off in a fight to the death! Or, at least, we offer up our opinions on each and declare a winner.
An increasing number of companies are offering thermal bibs
Bontrager's offering feels very much like a standard race bib, but with a little fleece lining for added warmth. For the money, this is a great value short, with the fit and performance of the short only hampered slightly by a mid-range chamois. Pearl Izumi has been making thermal clothing — most notably arm and leg warmers — for years now and the P.R.O. Thermal Bib Shorts build on that legacy with a new chamois to boot.
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Here is how the Bontrager and Pearl Izumi bib shorts stack up against each other.
|Fit||Well cut, snug||Less constrictive||Bontrager|
|Chamois||Segmented, not super soft||Single layer against skin, multi-density, wicking||Pearl Izumi|
|Function||Profila insulates without hindering movement||Thermal and chamois are warm||Draw|
And the winner of the BikeRadar Thermal Bib Battle is... Bontrager!
While the Pearl Izumi chamois is superior, the cut, fit and price of the Bontrager carry the day.
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