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If you buy a high-end car, you get a comfortable seat, probably with built-in heaters and electronic adjustments. If you book a first-class ticket on an airplane, your seat is bigger, more comfortable, and it includes perks like free drinks and better boarding.
Consider the Mission Workshop PNG bibs the first-class ticket or the high-end car. You’re going to pay for the privilege, but if you’ve got the cash, you won’t be disappointed. This is a supremely comfortable pair of shorts.
Mission Workshop makes these shorts in the USA, using Italian woven fabrics. The main material features four-way stretch, but it’s less stretchy than other shorts we’ve tested. Mission Workshop used this type of material on purpose. The more you wear it, the more it breaks in and essentially molds to your body. We’ve tested other shorts like this (most notably Ashmei’s V.3 bib shorts), and it worked out well for us. The PNG shorts are no different: After a few rides, they feel custom-made and comfy. They’ll feel a bit rigid on your first ride or two, but the break-in period is brief.
Dyneema panels are used to add durability where it’s needed. And the bib straps are plenty wide. They lay flat to prevent pinching, and they’re perforated for excellent breathability. A fairly substantial back panel keeps the bib straps from falling off your shoulders or migrating, and a rear pocket built into the bibs is a good place to store goodies you won’t need frequently on the ride. Since this pocket is hidden beneath the jersey, however, we found ourselves leaving it empty most of the time.
The PNG (Pavement and Gravel) bibs stick to plain black, which is a bit uninspiring but also easy to reach for since it’s simple and flattering. But the aesthetics aren’t make or break here; it’s all about fit, and all-day comfort, both of which Mission Workshop nails here.
Consider these pricey bibs an investment if you’ll be putting in big miles throughout the course of the year. The PNGs are supremely comfortable and only get better the more you wear them. You’ll pay a premium for them, but they’re built well, mold to your body, and they’re covered by a lifetime warranty. If your summer features a slate of long rides and big races, think about investing in shorts that will keep you comfortable all day long. The PNGs fit the bill.