Huub’s lightweight Aventus bib shorts are designed to be aerodynamic to save racers every last second.
They’re apparently the result of a year-long development with national and world champions from road, gravel and track.
But what are they like to use? The Aventus bib shorts are a cool, minimalist option for fast riding, but some riders might find the high front panel restrictive and the straps have a tendency to bunch up.
British company Huub has worked hard to make these top-end bibs fast, and that can be seen in the legs.
They are constructed from a thin, lightweight, high-stretch and breathable fabric that sits longer on the legs for maximum unhindered airflow, according to Huub.
This fabric is completely smooth, with no separate leg bands. Instead, the gripper function is taken care of by an inner honeycomb-patterned silicone band to offer low-pressure tension.
Huub’s chamois has plenty of padding where you need it. It’s not as wide as some but features different layers of padding throughout.
Huub Aventus bib shorts performance
The legs sit perfectly and the material supports the muscles well without feeling overly tight. As for its aerodynamic qualities, they’re hard to quantify without going into a wind tunnel, and any gains are likely to be minimal. I liked that the lightweight fabric dries quickly though.
The upper bibs keep you cool and hold everything in place well. To save weight, Huub has used thin, highly breathable mesh shoulder straps but they had a tendency to bunch up and could get a little twisted at times.
The front stomach panel sits higher than on many bibs, and while this ensures a smooth transition with your jersey, I found it sat a little too high on my short body.
The modest-sized pad is not overly elaborate but offers good overall performance. It rode well and was never an issue, on rides long and short. A little channelling and the aerated surface help with ventilation to keep you chafe-free.
Huub Aventus bib shorts bottom line
Huub, originally from the triathlon world and a new player on the cycling circuit, has done its homework here, working with professional cyclists to create these minimalist bibs. They are comfortable, lightweight and smooth on the legs but some riders might struggle with the straps.
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