Sportful developed the Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Short was developed or the conditions that the BORA-Hansgrohe riders often encounter in the northern classics. This short is made with Sportful's water-repellent NoRain fabric, with a brushed inner surface, to protect you from the wet and wind. With minimal seam construction, the outstanding Total Comfort Pro seat pad for racing, and reflective details, you can enjoy this BORA-Hansgrohe team edition version on rides where protection is desirable and you can add a warmer for more leg protection, but know the fabric breathes and performs when things dry out.
The stretch, moderate compression and anatomically driven limited panel design of the short section ensures maximum comfort, support and maximum range of motion with proper pedaling ergonomics. The minimal seams- which offer fewer places for water to infiltrate, are also made possible with the controlled stretch of the NoRain Thermal fabric, with it's nanotechnology water-repellent outside, brushed fleece inside. The leg openings feature a wide elastic leg band with a raw-cut edge and silicone dot gripper for excellent comfort and hold. Delivering excellent support and impressive all day effectiveness is optimal for pro cyclists, which is the seatpad is the heart of the short section.
The Sportful Total Comfort seatpad is precurved and shaped to fit most body types and sitbone locations. The extremely soft top sheet and a light layer of padding are carried outwards, to reduce any chance of friction zones and protect soft skin on the transition from the groin to the legs. The padding itself is created in a variable density design that offers a maximum of up to 18mm of padding where you need it most, then follows the body shape with varying levels as it moves away from the key zones. The padding is a continuously variable, perforated, closed cell urethane foam that is lightweight, supportive, and effective while fighting any moisture collection. The perforations allow heat to escape to reduce potential build up and friction that causes chafing. The top sheet is bacteriostatic to to keep your skin fresh. While not the optimal late-July- in-the-Pyrenees seatpad, many pro cyclists on teams that are sponsored by Sportful choose the updated Total Comfort for the often brutal roads and long hard days of the Classics and Monuments, as well as the hours and hours of training it takes be ready for race day, making it ideal for the conditions that call for the Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Short.
Besides the panel design, what separates the Pro version from the standard model is the bib upper, which features a great waistband transition that accepts equalizes the stretch of the short section so you get the best support and fit from the top down. The straps are a wide, controlled stretch mesh for optimal breathability and fit. The rear is split mesh panel, with a center strap and supportive, angled strap on either side, for perfect draw, incredible breathability and a great feel, with or without a baselayer underneath.
While some may consider this a niche piece, others, who ride 3-4 seasons in variable climates, and perhaps mountainous conditions will disagree, considering the Sportful Fiandre NoRain Pro Bib Short the most versatile option in the wardrobe. This 2020 BORA version has the logos of the pro team as well as reflective details.