But at the same time, we are using high-grade knitted fabrics
for other bib shorts where we would like to have a more democratic
fit and feeling. We try to use both techniques from woven to knit
to keep the both advantage.
Is there performance to be gained with the use of compressive
We prefer to say we have designed supportive bib shorts rather
than compressive, we use the modulus force of our fabric to enhance
an active support to riders during the pedal stroke.
The premise of compression apparel is that by compressing
muscles, there are fewer vibrations transmitted from the road
surface, correlated to less energy expended. We are more focused to
create ergogenic bib shorts than compressive bib short, the
characteristic of the compression or better the modulus force of
the fabric are mean to arrive to create an intelligent piece of
clothing that it is interactive with you.
Our Salopette Dottore L1 has a gradual compression with four
different progressive levels, to promote the venous return during
the ride. Our 'king' of the collection not only gives a gradual
compression, but we have properly oriented the weft and warp of the
fabric (Italian woven polyamide 6.6) in order to use the stretch
capabilities of the fabric to calibrate and synchronise with the
moment in the pedalling revolution when the leg 'returns' to its
The result is to have a better proprioceptively. This effect is
the Vectorial Elasticity, which gives a structured ergogenic aid
during the ride. All our bib shorts are designed with a lumbar
support as well, it is a very powerful strength panel in the lumbar
area in order to support better the muscles, this area is very
strategic because all the muscles involved in the pedalling are
How do you make sure the bib shorts fit really well and fit a
different range of body shapes and heights?
We have the ability, internally here at Q36.5, to personally
test on the bike the products in any weather conditions, because we
are first cyclists, and then secondly we have a group of tester
worldwide in order to find the most appropriate fit, which is the
result of a long process. We continuously make some refinements to
obtain a piece of equipment, like we are used to saying, something
that you really need and that is necessary during your rides.
Is there really a big difference between low cost and high-end
expensive bib shorts?
There are differences in the quality of the fabrics and
accessories used to construct bib shorts. But in our Salopette's
Collection we don't have a range of prices defined on low cost or
expensive bib short; we decide to have different exploitation with
the use of woven fabrics (for Salopette Dottore L1) and knitted
fabrics (for Salopette Miles Gregarius) and this defines a
different price to the final consumer, which can appreciate two
different fits, but with the use of tuned proprietary fabrics. We
don't like to give a distance use for our bib shorts either because
they are designed to be used for any rides, every Salopette can be
used for a long distance ride, thanks to the construction, the
design and the Chamois with its generous proportion and
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