Monday, July 14, 2008

swobo vs. chrome or chrome vs. swobo...

I do not really know because I do not know who goes first the champ or challenger. Oh well whatever...this is really a comparison of chrome lightweight shins and Swobo Roscoe Knickers. I will disclaim here that I am very fond of them both, and certainly satisfied with my purchases. That said they are quite different.

First, the Swobo: These come in precise sizes, they have a very nice detail in that there is a panel for comfort in the crotch of these pants instead of a seam. They are of a very nice quality textile.

Second, the chrome: These come in a range sizing, small, med, and large. They have a seam and then have a soft overlay panel inside the crotch to protect you from the discomfort of the seam. This panel is not overly bulky but is noticeable. They are also made of a quality textile.

points of detail to compare: The textiles, both knickers are made of a stretch type textile, the swobo is perhaps barely more heavy and therefore just mildly warmer when wearing, heat is a really big deal for me but this mildly heavier fabric is not intolerable to me at all. The swobo being mildly heavier also holds its shape a bit more, though this could be contributed to the sizing conventions as well. Sizing, range vs. precise sizing. Because I have to calculate a broad range of sizing due to health issues, I went with the med chromes. They are a little big, but not terrible, but the 32 swobos in the precise sizing is very accurate for me, for the chromes I probably could have gone with a small, but I am happy with my med, and would likely order med again. As for riding bikes, the seam in the chromes was noticeable but not something one could not negotiate. The legs on the swobo is a bit tighter tailoring than the chromes, and I did find the chrome to occasionally catch upon my water bottle cage, however once I realized it and knew what it was it did not overly trouble me. Another thing that I like very well about them both, they both have a lower rise than say, swobo J-mak which happily I got to try on at MWC, and did not prefer them at all. Anyway these two have a low rise, but still come up far enough in the back to keep you from flashing a plumber posture on your bike. I find them both to provide a very comfortable fit and a very comfortable ride. I recommend either to you, and I am sure I will add additional Chromes in future. I also have a pair of swobo bruno knickers and those too are a really nice pair of bike knickers, similar in cut to the roscoes but made of wool, though they really keep you warm, so they are put away for now.


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