Ciovita’s new Apex kit range is something pretty special. But while their puffer riding jackets are exceptionally warm and their ceramic sleeved jerseys (that’s a full article in and of it self) it’s the Apex bibs that steal the show. They are gloriously comfortable.
Now I haven’t been swaddled within my memory. Those days are fortunately lost in the fog of infanthood pre-memory. I would have to imagine that pulling on a pair of Apex bibs are like being swaddled.
The chamois is practically oversized. It feels like it’s edges extend further around (does that make sense?) than any other chamois I’ve experienced. They also feature a dual pad. One that sits flush with your skin and moves with your body. The other is attached firmly to the compression latex outer of the bibs. The two layers are connected, but allow for a measure of ‘float’ between them. This ensures that however you shift, on or out of the saddle, that the padding is always perfectly positioned under you when you put your weight back into the saddle.
The compression effects of the bibs construction feels great on your legs too and the oversized 3D printed silicon leg grippers keep it locked firmly in place. I’m guessing they’ll keep leg and knee warmers up regardless of how hard you pedal. Which makes a nice change from bibs with a single thin line of silicone gripper.
Completing the first class construction of the Apex bibs are a pair of wide shoulder straps. The final feature of the bibs is the relatively low cut front. Which, and there’s no polite way to say this, makes it easy to stop for a road side pee. Okay there is a better way to say it, they make nature breaks a synch.
My only complaint is that the bibs extend a little further down the leg that I’d prefer. The lower cuffs sit about 5cm above the knee which means they’ll stick out the bottom of most baggies. But then when you make a pair of bibs as beautifully constructed as Ciovita’s Apex bibs I guess you want people to see them. There’s no hiding them under baggies then. They’ll force you to go full Lycra bandit. And in my case maybe even shave my, exceptionally, hairy legs. Fortunately gravel grinding doesn’t require a fully streamlined look…
As worn during the De Hoop Adventures by Bike.