Like with their bibbed brethren, the bib free H. milleshortss7 Shorts showcase Assos' goldenGate construction method, which may be our favorite recent advancement in cycling shorts' technology. GoldenGate involves attaching the chamois at the front and rear, leaving the sides free to float so the chamois moves with your body instead of against it. This effectively relocates friction from the skinchamois interface to the chamoisshorts, all but eliminating friction. We're starting to see this feature crop up in other manufacturers' lines but true to the precedent of history Assos did it first and continues to do it better. The Type. 429 material, a durable fabric whose properties are a study in apparent contradictions, is another element of the H. milleshorts that has enjoyed flattering imitation. It combines a low volume with moderately compressive supportive to keep both weight and muscle fatigue to a minimum. It also enjoys the durability of a ripstop material but with breathability, moisture management, and a comfortable touch that belies its hard wearing nature. The shorts are cut to accommodate a regular, athletic build and given that this is Assos you won't be surprised to learn that the shape is engineered so they fit best when you're in the saddle. While we can't speak for every cyclist, not all of us at Competitive are built like the rail thin, razor elbowed climbers of the pro peloton. The mille fit means that the shorts conform to our body with a gently compressive, second skin fit instead of squeezing and pinching our legs into bulging shapes that range from unflattering to uncomfortable. The leg and waistbands continue this theme of fitting your body instead of forcing your body to fit the shorts. The legs terminate in low volume superFlat grip bands to keep the cuffs securely in place, and the waistband uses gentle compression and a wide footprint to ensure coverage without adding pressure and restriction to your stomach. The lack of b...