As­sos Laalalai S7 women’s bib­shorts

£160, as­sos.com

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

ver the past decade, As­sos may have been more in­fa­mous for its fe­male model than its fe­male kit. As­sos Girl, as she came to be known, usu­ally wore a set of bib­shorts and noth­ing else. But now the brand has de­cided to al­ter its Euro­trash ap­proach so it’s the kit it­self that takes cen­tre stage.

The Laalalai bib­shorts are dif­fer­ent to your av­er­age bibs, hav­ing been rethought to suit women. As­sos has long cham­pi­oned a cen­tral Y-shape strap rather than two sep­a­rate straps from the shoul­der. It be­lieves a strap be­tween the breasts rather than to the sides of­fers more com­fort and sits flush to the body for a tighter fit. The shorts use a mod­i­fied S7 gen­er­a­tion in­sert that floats in­side the shorts to re­duce fric­tion.

The real in­no­va­tion, how­ever, is a mag­netic clasp that fixes the front strap to the shorts. ‘We pre­vi­ously used a hook clasp that came un­done on oc­ca­sions,’ says Dalany Watkins of As­sos UK. ‘The mag­netic clasp is more se­cure and quicker to fit.’

Fi­nally, the shorts have a high waist, im­proved elas­tic­ity in the ma­te­rial on the legs and a name that dou­bles neatly as a har­mon­is­ing ex­er­cise should you hap­pen to be an en­thu­si­as­tic singer.

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