Part of Alé’s popular PRR range, the Green Road bibs feature recycled materials in the construction of both the chamois and short.
Combined with a brilliant cut and women’s-specific chamois, this makes for an impressively comfortable bib option.
Multiple bright colour options will be favoured by some riders, although there’s also a lot of branding.
Alé Green Road PRR women’s bib shorts specifications and details
Refreshingly, the polyamide used for the shorts is recycled, and blended with elastane for stretch. Flat 4.5cm-wide elasticated straps attach to a stretchy mesh back piece and sides.
The notably wide 7cm elasticated and silicone-backed leg grippers complete the fit, here in teal and fluoro but there are other colours available, plus a more subtle grey/black colourway.
The Green W4H chamois is Alé’s women’s-specific 12mm-thick foam pad that’s designed for both on and off-road use. It’s ventilated with a network of holes throughout and topped with a soft recycled polyamide upper.
There’s a fair bit of branding on show, from the bright leg grippers to a rubber patch on the rear and reflective stripe. There are also small reflective panels on the backs of the thighs.
Alé Green Road PRR women’s bib shorts performance
The fit of the Green Road PRR bibs is true to size, according to the online guide, and impressively comfortable.
The traditional bib design might mean that loo breaks are still a hassle for women, but that can be forgiven in light of the figure-fitting, supportive fit and breathable back piece.
The wide, elasticated bib straps also fit well in the riding position without twisting or moving.
The thick chamois works well for me, giving plenty of support across the sit bones and soft tissue area, complemented by a wider, thinner outer towards the sides and to the front.
The teal/fluoro combo wasn’t to my taste, but there’s a more subtle grey/black if, like me, you prefer a more understated design.
Alé Green Road PRR women’s bib shorts bottom line
These truly comfortable and well-fitting bibs come at a price, but the PRR bibs are certainly worth consideration, with bonus points if you like a little loud colour coordination.
How we tested
We put seven pairs of women’s cycling bib shorts to the test to find out which perform best.
Each set of bibs was tested over road and gravel paths with a focus on fit, chamois and strap comfort, fabric choice, breathability and any other features, such as dealing with comfort breaks, as well as value for money.
- Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort
- dhb Moda Women’s Classic Bib Shorts
- Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib
- Rapha Women’s Pro Team Training Bib Shorts
- Van Rysel EDR Women’s Quick Zip Cycling Bib Shorts
- Velocio Women’s LUXE Bib Short
|Price||AUD $215.00EUR €140.00GBP £145.00USD $175.00|
Fabric: Global Recycle Standard certified recycled fabrics
Leg grippes: Wide, silicone backed leg grippers
Chamois: 12mm thick perforated chamois made from recycled materials