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Saw that it finally showed up the website a few days ago: Specialized Bicycle Components

I got all excited when I first saw this show up last fall, but as I thought about it more...it looks very similar to wearing an XC style jersey over bibs-- which is what I typically wear most warm summer days. I guess if you're a loose jersey and shorts guy... different story.

I'm not quite sure what goes in the leg pockets... gel? cash? Not a location I want something bulky/pointy like keys or tools, personally. Also... if you're carrying extra water bottles in the back pockets... how warm to they get/how cold do you get? :)

Longer, backcountry rides I'll still want a pack to carry stuff for those "just in case" moments, so even then, this wouldn't be a good help there.

With all that said, I could see if a majority of your rides are 3ish hours or so, close to civilization, and you like looser style of cycling clothing...
 

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Saw that it finally showed up the website a few days ago: Specialized Bicycle Components

I got all excited when I first saw this show up last fall, but as I thought about it more...it looks very similar to wearing an XC style jersey over bibs-- which is what I typically wear most warm summer days. I guess if you're a loose jersey and shorts guy... different story.

I'm not quite sure what goes in the leg pockets... gel? cash? Not a location I want something bulky/pointy like keys or tools, personally. Also... if you're carrying extra water bottles in the back pockets... how warm to they get/how cold do you get? :)

Longer, backcountry rides I'll still want a pack to carry stuff for those "just in case" moments, so even then, this wouldn't be a good help there.

With all that said, I could see if a majority of your rides are 3ish hours or so, close to civilization, and you like looser style of cycling clothing...
Egg-zactly. I really like wearing a 3/4 sleeve loose jersey and baggy shorts, some with more pockets than others. Seems like a perfect solution for rides like that where you need more than one bottle. But I wonder like you said how warm the bottle would get? Also Looks like a great place to put a vapur or platypus collapsible bottle. If you had one on your bike and one of those... could go all day.
 

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I rode with a pair (bib + shorts) earlier this week and have to say they are really comfortable! The bib is lightweight, breaths well and the chamois is great. The shorts are also lightweight and appear nicely made. I'm still not sure just yet if I'd feel comfortable leaving my pack for really long rides but for most of my rides they seem good. I'll probably buy another pair/set.
 

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I bought a pair this week but it'll be another month before I get to try them out. For rides under three hours I can get away with one bottle in the jersey and one on the bike. Unfortunately three pocket jerseys that aren't so roadie like are hard to come by…and I prefer to wear merino next to my skin. These bibs seem like a good solution and should be able to hold the bottle better than a looser jersey.

Yes, there will be more wetness due to the heat off my back causing more condensation on the bottle but I'm ok with that.

When I bought these my shop also had the new Giro undershorts which I was really hoping to like, better materials and chamois, unfortunately the pocket is only big enough for your favourite bottle of IPA, and NOT a water bottle…silly urban fashions.
High-Performance Cycling Bib Undershort by Giro
 

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well i would consider those bibs as i sometimes ride with "baggy" clothes as a long sleeve XTR jersey with no pockets or so and longer shorts, but mostly i like to look like a "Pro" and wear the coolest Spes. clothes ;) :D lol
but yeah i like the idea don´t need a full packed back pack when i can have tools and such in those SWAT bibs and so on so yeah i think it is a cool idea.
 

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Anyone try out the soft bottle in the SWAT bib pocket yet? In nearly 30 years of riding I've never had much luck carry a normal bottle in a jersey pocket on trails that require lots of getting up and over ledges. Bottle might stay in but there is so much bouncing around smaller stuff gets jettisoned.

Looking for a way to carry an extra 12 - 16 oz without having it bounce around and throw my tools along the trail. I suppose a tight jersey might also be require.
 

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I've used the SWAT bibs exclusively for the past 2 years. Raced several enduros, Downieville, and lots of varied terrain. I Love them! I really like riding without a pack. Zero issues with the bottle ever falling out of the pocket on my back or it even feeling uncomfortable. My typical setup is one bottle on my Enduro and/or Camber (in swat cage with multi-tool). In the bib pockets I store: Water bottle, gel bottle, sport beans or cliff blocks, iPhone 6, 29'er tube, CO2, and tire lever.

After a few hundred rides I'd say the SWAT system works well for me for 2-3 hour rides. For longer rides or if it's really hot out, I try to plan my rides with a water refill spot. Also, the new "pro" bib is much more comfortable than the original one and it also has deeper pockets which I find helpful. The material is nicer and they feel great.

Lastly, it's worth noting that sometimes drinking out of a water bottle is harder than a hydration pack. For example, on long technical rides like Downieville, it's hard to let go of the bars while you're charging and get a bottle out of your frame. And almost impossible to do so with a bottle under your jersey, in a pocket on your back. But not having that big pack on your back is a huge plus.
 

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Excellent tools/spares distribution system. Pockets are useless at keeping anything in them, on bumpy terrain. Want to spend half your ride looking for your stuff lost on the trails? This is your product. At the very least the pockets need zips...
 

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So, since I posted early in this thread about some concerns I have... SWAT bibs are all I ever wear now. For me, they're comfortable and they fit, which is the most important part of cycling clothing. I stand by the claim that for backcountry rides (especially solo) you're most likely going to run out of storage/water/food space. With that said, I'll still wear them (empty) and then wear a backpack. I do love how they snap into loops on Spec's shorts. I'd love to see Spec put out a 'rainy/bad weather' short, but the two pair I have now are terrible in foul weather, even combined with the SWAT knickers.

On shorter rides, I can get mutli-tool, 29er tube, and iPhone/snacks (water bottle(s) on frame) You can keep a water bottle in the pack pocket, but I've found it impossible to access it during trail riding. Its more of a 'switch it out for the empty on the frame when you stop' location. It is really useful combined with a SWAT set up on the bike of some sort.

Finally, I've been riding them for over a year now, and have never lost anything out of the back pockets (only ones I use). They feel more secure then the back pockets of a traditional bike jersey, but I have no evidence to support that. I'd love to try the 'pro' versions, but lacking the $$$ right now.
 
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