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.