$155 and $125 (respectively), Roka.com
The draw: Convenience of shorts, comfort of bibs
As hardcore bib snobs, we were skeptical that a short could rival the supreme comfort of full bibs. Turns out we were totally off base—these shorts were just as comfy (if not comfier) than a lot of bibs we’ve worn. The elastic waistband and silicone grips around the leg openings kept the shorts in place, and the cushy (two-piece) chamois was perfectly supportive without any bulkiness. The sleek jersey felt lightweight yet compressive. Mesh paneling on the back makes it a smart choice for summer rides.