Le Col Hors Categorie II bib shorts review

Le Col’s Hors Categorie Bibs are the brand's high mileage endurance bib shorts but do the newest version go the distance?

Le Col Hors Categorie II review
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Cyclingnews Verdict

Comfortable, well-tailored shorts for long days in the saddle although the premium looks and feel do come at a premium, although competitive, price


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    Supportive material

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    Comfortable chamois

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    Inoffensive styling

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    Good leg length


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    Material can be very slippy with some saddles

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For 2021 Le Col has updated its endurance bib short, the Hors Categorie and with version two comes a new cut, refined leg grippers and a revamped rear section for better ventilation. They aren't cheap though, at £180 these shorts are an investment but if you are looking to spend a lot of miles in the saddle, choosing the best cycling shorts is an investment worth making both for comfort and performance.

Le Col believes its new shorts strike the balance offering a broad spectrum of performance from tempo efforts to all-day cruising. We have been riding the Hors Categorie II bib shorts to see if these premium endurance bib shorts go the distance.

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