Santini Gia Car5 bib shorts review

Feature-packed bibs

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £135.99 RRP
Santini Gia Car5 bib shorts

Our review

Great quality, looks and comfort; decent shorts for race day
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Italian company Santini have a huge number of shorts in their range, with these feature-packed bibs sitting towards the top.


The material, aside from a pretty standard mix of nylon and elastane, has two percent of carbonlast in the mix, which is claimed to increase rider endurance and reduce lactic acid build-up – hmm …

What proved really popular, though, was Santini’s own antibacterial Intech anatomical chamois which combines gel and various thicknesses of foams to create a very comfortable perch for your undercarriage.

Good to see a rear pocket and plenty of reflective material – two strips of piping on each side and a large triangle on each leg. The grippers were smooth but firm, resulting in the shorts staying firmly in place at all times.

About the only thing we weren’t keen on was that the front is slightly higher than average – not a big issue, but it made call-of-nature breaks a little trickier.


We found the sizing was spot on though, which isn’t always the case with Italian-made kit. One final touch is that these come in a square tin. Nice – though it’s just slightly too short to keep your spaghetti in afterwards!

Product Specifications


Name Gia Car 5 (10)
Brand Santini

Description • Material 76% polyamide 21% Elastan 3% Carbon • Reflective chord inserts on the sides • Santini external elasticated silicon leg grippers • Gel Intech Anatomic chamois • Central pocket on the back with covering.
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL XXXL
Available In (Mens/Womens) Mens