Nalini’s Incantevole bibshort for women is intended for the cyclist seeking a race fit with race-worthy performance. The cut lives up to those standards and the overall performance hits pretty close to the mark. Two reflective accents and dimpled leg bands are the only visual elements on these otherwise neutral black shorts.
The lycra body and mesh bib straps aren’t the softest materials, but once riding, it wasn’t something we noticed. The material breathes well, dries quickly, and offers decent support and compression. The tall compressive leg band is surprisingly stiff at first, but didn’t pinch or cause a sausage-leg effect. Silicone grippers kept the leg bands from slipping. After a few rides and gentle cycles through the washing machine, the shorts and leg bands softened up a bit, but the straps are still a little more coarse-feeling than we’d like.
Nalini developed the first non-leather cycling pad and their expertise here still shows. Nalini’s 4DL New Q-Skin chamois has minimal bulk with well-designed support that kept us comfortable on rides ranging from one to three hours.
The Incantevole is a solid “daily driver” pair of bibs. For big days, you may want a chamois with more bulk, but we found they offered sufficient support for our everyday rides. At $149, we do wish the fabric was softer — especially the straps. But if paired with a base layer, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. If you prefer a relatively thin chamois or need to add to your weekday rotation, these are a reasonably priced option.