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New Donkey Label Staple 2.0 Bib short takes off the cuff

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Cycling clothing is constantly evolving – though it seems like in the past few years we’ve seen rapid improvements in comfort. A lot of those changes have been focused on the shorts, specifically the leg openings. Morphing from the effective but not very comfortable, thick silicone grippers of the past, modern grippers have gotten very good.

But Donkey Label think’s theirs is even better. Because it doesn’t exist. For their latest short, the Staple 2.0, DL has completely eliminated the leg gripper and cuff for what they feel is their most comfortable short yet…

When it comes to eliminating the cuff, DL says it “was more work than we imagined.” While difficult to pattern and sew, DL is convinced that they are onto something. Apparently, 9 prototypes were created to ensure that the short leg wouldn’t creep up while riding but still offered the right fit. Offering even compression throughout the entire short, the Staple 2.0 uses a new French woven fabric that offers abrasion resistance and durability.

Combined with a MITI light weight mesh for the straps and upper back yoke, the bibs are cut around the riding position for a performance fit. Detail include a 5-7 hour Cytech chamois, silver tack stitching with inverted stitching on the bib straps, and reflective 3M graphics. Hand stitched in Minneapolis, MN, the Staple 2.0 bib will set you back $225 and is available in XS-XXL.

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Allan
Allan
6 years ago

Silly name, “Donkey Label”. What is the inseam on that, looks rather short…too short for any self-respecting roadie (unless you are Thomas Voeckler, hehe!). Also looks extremely tight, but I guess how it feels is most important.

Comrad
Comrad
6 years ago
Reply to  Allan

If your bibs aren’t extremely tight you’re doing it wrong

Allan
Allan
6 years ago
Reply to  Comrad

I prefer not to crush my nuts. I have a pair of extremely tight bibs, and I hate them. There’s a good fit, then there’s ball-smashing tight.

joenomad
joenomad
6 years ago

Someone needs to tell the model that he isn’t a size “S”. I agree with Allan as socks are getting taller, shorts don’t need to become shorter to make up the difference.

takingfunseriously
6 years ago

They look like Daisy Dukes for roadies. Too short

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago

I like the idea of no gripper, but not that short. When in the saddle, the short would cover only half your quads. Compression on only half the muscle is weird.

DTombikenut
DTombikenut
6 years ago

Agree. To short. At least for me, never really have gripper issues. There are some very nice USA made bibs out there at a much more palatable price point.

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

There are time I wonder if this is “Bile Rumor” or a variation on “Women’s Wear Daily”. Way too much time and effort spent on fashion reporting.

CyclistA
CyclistA
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave

In the NY/NJ area, fashion is a much bigger deal with the male riders than female. Perhaps it’s an urban thing.

Eleven_g
6 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Seriously?

Rob Allen
Rob Allen
6 years ago

Interesting, and a bold move.

Doug
Doug
6 years ago

Am I the only one that thinks clothing prices are outrageous? I know, I know, I don’t have to buy them…..just seems like the overall tide of cycling clothing pricing is out of hand.

Andy
Andy
6 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Agree $225 is donkeyballs for a bib, but i suppose because they’re not mass produced and made in USA.

myke2241
myke2241
6 years ago
Reply to  Andy

Fine go fine some other American made bibs. There is a time to understand not everything is equal. Are these basic bib shorts?….. no! Go buy Rapha if these are too much for you!

David Hanys
David Hanys
6 years ago
Reply to  myke2241

Every Garneau short from $80 up is made in VT. They have been doing griperless for 10 years.

Pete
Pete
6 years ago

look like cheerleader pants

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

DL embro is the best! Their kits, mmmm, not so much.

myke2241
myke2241
6 years ago

I own a bunch of DL items and none are subpar! Between DL, Panache, ornot and Cadence DL wins in the quality and comfort department. I’m not sponsored by DL but I find myself wearing their stuff on my long ride.

Robin
Robin
6 years ago

In about 1985 or so I have pair of Shaver Sport bike shorts that short. Assonance aside, I’m glad that was a one time thing.

What is this, Rapha revisited?
What is this, Rapha revisited?
6 years ago

I buy all my shorts used. On eBay. I know, I’m dumb. But not “my new bike specific clothes cost more than three of my work ensembles” dumb. Out of their minds…

Marin
Marin
6 years ago

I got gripperless shorts from PlanetX for like 20-30€ two years ago and they’re still going strong.
Ok, they’re not skin tight but they don’t roll up or move either. Pretty decent PX 365 pad as well.

Also, got another one from Aliexpress, Racmmer brand with excellent gel pad and pretty great fit for like 18$ this summer. Fantastic bib for the price. I tried Endura MT500 and some other slightly cheaper model and couldn’t justify the price difference for the life of me. Both fit nore or less the same, the pad is excellent on all but the price difference is like 5-7x!

Even if these don’t last as long, the proce difference is so large that I could have a 10-20 year supply of these for one more expensive brand name bib.

Double ZZ
Double ZZ
6 years ago

Is it just me or does he need a kilt to complete this kit???

VeloTime
VeloTime
6 years ago

The State Bicycle Co. Bibs which I just got are almost that short.

postophetero
postophetero
6 years ago
Carl
Carl
6 years ago

Best bibs I own I did get a discount so the price was even better. And these you can compare to any in that price range. Most comfortable bibs on the market and they fit fine on my legs not any shorter than my other bibs and more support in areas you need. The chamois protection is top notch you can ride all day with no discomfort.

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