• 240g Forza fabric with 38% Lycra® content for perfect compressive fit.
• Nearly seamless BodyPaint construction eliminates all but one seam for maximum comfort
• Chpt. 3 exclusive Progetto X2 Air chamois featuring the Latymer clause
• Bonded braces for just the right amount of pull
• No sew bonded construction in waist
• Embossed / // /// logo across back
• No sew silicone leg gripper elastic
Each pair of shorts are cut from one piece of material, meaning minimal seams and no unnecessary panels. With material weighing 260g per sq/m and a 38% lycra content, it is arguably the most luxurious grade of material available for this most important piece of cycling clothing. A normal World Tour race short will weigh less, approx 190g per sq/m, and has lower lycra content, approx 20%, the principal reason being to allow heat dissipation at maximal exertion, the lower lycra content being because of the lower weight, the down side to the performance benefit being less comfort and lower longevity. The 1.11 short is different, it is designed for high performance, super comfort and higher longevity. The technical benefits of being cut from one panel of material have a downside in that there is an approximate 40% wastage on the cutting room floor versus 15% for an eight panel short as it requires smaller sections. Logic would dictate more panels means higher expense, in fact it’s the other way round. The 1.11 is an item of apparel that offers performance with luxury.
Apart from the quality of the material and the cut there are other factors that differentiate the 1.11 from other shorts. The “bibs” are designed to feel more like “braces”. Again, in racing shorts the bibs are stripped to their bare minimum for weight/temperature purposes but also because they’re designed to match the longevity of the short as a whole. The 1.11 braces feel like an integral part of the shorts contrary to normal bibs which can feel like a separate and uncomfortable addition. The same gauge of material is used for the braces as is used for the leg of the short, and they’re also hemmed to add to the feeling of quality and also in order to increase longevity. The chamois is the same as that used for racing, although everybody will understandably have an individual preference, history and experience would dictate this chamois works the best under all conditions. There is no hem on the actual short leg, the material is simply cut and a gripper is bonded internally, this makes for a cleaner and more comfortable finish.