In this article: review and opinion of the GOBIK Absolute 5.0 2022 bib shorts
Absolute 5.0 is the new version of GOBIK‘s most popular shorts, which arrives as another of the novelties of these Warm Series 22 (summer range). It inherits certain characteristics from the model used by the UAE Team Emirates (Absolute World Tour) professional team, such as its new leg strap. Keep betting on the fantastic K10 chamois and it comes in 4 different versions or colors:
Let’s see how this new version suits one of the best-selling bib shorts from the Spanish manufacturer.
Do not miss: comparison of GOBIK summer garments, where you can see all the models ordered by temperature of use, weight and fit.
Renewing a super sales
Absolute is without a doubt the most popular GOBIK shorts. Widely known and used by amateur and professional cyclists, it is a garment that has earned its well-deserved reputation. Aware of this, those of Yecla have decided to renew it maintaining its essence, but polishing details and adding improvements so that it continues to be on the crest of the wave.
Among the novelties we have new graphic designs, new elastic bands for the legs inherited from the Absolute World Tour, new reflective strips, silicone GOBIK logo and new serigraphs. But what better way to see and talk about all these details in our in-depth tour.
Absolute 5.0 in detail
For this review we have selected one of the colors that we like the most, released last season but which has already become a classic: Army green. It allows us to combine with almost any other color and it looks really good:
The straps are the first thing that catches our attention. They are already old acquaintances and we love them. They have a really well achieved elasticity and pressure point, providing a lot of comfort. Their placement is also very well studied, so that they sit well in the middle part of our shoulders, without approaching to the neck:
A look at the inside of the garment reveals the brand’s passion for details, with motivating phrases that make us feel that we are dealing with unique garments, made by people like us, who live for and for cycling:
What can we say about the K10 chamois that we haven’t already said. It is one of the reasons for the great success of the brand’s shorts, for their comfort, breathability and fit. Manufactured exclusively for GOBIK by the world leader Elastic Interface:
Its high-density foam ensures a performance of up to 8 hours, with a very breathable and bacteriostatic carbon fabric. It has a double channel structure that is responsible for collecting sweat and transporting it away from the main contact area, keeping our skin dry and comfortable:
The outer fabric is made up of several panels with different finishes and Flatlock flat seams, excellently finished:
The area of the elastics receives several innovations, with reflective woven strips and the GOBIK logo integrated in negative, with a sober and clean appearance that we have loved. It is also perforated to improve breathability:
The inner part incorporates silicone around the perimeter, which, added to the good elasticity of the straps, guarantees a good coupling with our thighs:
We have thoroughly tested the Absolute bib shorts, as they are a common garment for our training and long-distance outings, so as soon as we tried this new version, we were able to immediately see that it maintains the concept and character of the garment, but updating it with small improvements that make it shine even more.
The new leg straps are very comfortable, fitting perfectly and are more breathable as they are perforated. Visibility in low light conditions has gained ground, as they include reflective around the perimeter of the leg. Good for these details.
If you have never tried an Absolute short, you will fall in love on the first ride. The coupling of its straps, lower abdomen area and chamois is spectacular. It is a second skin that does not move, does not rub and makes you enjoy the route without discomfort. The K10 chamois is a plus, flawless as always. It stays dry and has a medium thickness, perfect for us.
Cosmetic enhancements keep it up to date, with a compelling understated look that we’ve loved. The inclusion of a new color such as Slate gray gives us the option of fleeing from the trite and classic black, although for us the clear aesthetic winner is Army green, which has us in love and goes with everything.
GOBIK has managed to maintain the best of a garment that is already at a high level, adding specific improvements and further expanding the aesthetic offer. It is a recipe that can not fail and so we testify. Absolute 5.0 is a fantastic revision of the Spanish manufacturer’s best-selling bib shorts and assures another season of success. Do you want more innovation? Don’t miss the new Absolute Revolution.
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