Italian brand Q36.5 is known for its high-tech materials and design, but even with that in mind the 165g UNIQUE Bib Shorts have to be the pinnacle of its tech.
Both the bibs and jersey feature HeiQ Smart Temp, a treatment that means the material responds as your body temperature rises by opening up, helping to wick sweat fast and then constricts as you cool to maintain your body temperature.
Q36.5 UNIQUE Bib Shorts
Rather than lots of panels, these bibs use just a single front and rear piece, which are woven in a 3D form making for quite simply the best-fitting shorts I’ve ever tried.
The bibs are supportive in all the right places. The rear features a highly elastic compressive section around the base of your back, which adds support when hunched over on the bike. In contrast, the inner thigh material is more open-weave to regulate temperature and allow for free movement.
The front panel weave varies to gradually increase compression around your thigh muscles for support. The panels are bonded so there’s no irritating stitched seams and the multi-density pad is very well shaped and comfortable without being bulky.
The bibs are an ultra-light mesh and the highly breathable braces have blind seams inside so they’re not against your skin. The crossover back section sits flat and the gossamer-like fabric gives a light feel. Lots of reflective details are welcome. and these bibs are now an absolute favourite.
- Bib shorts: £295 / €313
Q36.5 L1 Pinstripe X jersey
The Pinstripe X jersey matches the UNIQUE bibs and is light weight at just 114g in an XL. Q36.5 claims the fabric is totally new with outstanding wicking and thermoregulation properties. It’s more textured than standard polyester, with a thread that creates a pinstripe pattern.
Other jersey details include no shoulder seams for comfort and three structured rear pockets with reflective detailing plus a zip pocket.
- Jersey: £152 / €162
I found both garments lived up to expectations; they kept me dry riding in the heat of summer and I haven’t got cold in them since the mercury has dropped.