Supporting one of the more iconic countries in cycling's past and present is nothing new. We often see our fellow cyclists out on the roads sporting kit adorned with Italian flags and other emblematic representations of the country, but we can't help but reserve special appreciation for brands who manage to pay homage to the nation with understated elegance, and De Marchi knows exactly what it's doing in this regard. The Leggero Italia Men's Bib Short beautifully honors the Italian brand's heritage with three well-placed stripes of the Italian tricolor adorning one of the short's leg bands.
Of course, aesthetics are never the whole story with De Marchi, and the functionality of the Leggero matches its covetable design. As the lighter, cooler sibling of the Veloce, the Leggero's supple polyester and Lycra main body fabric equip it to rapidly wick moisture away from your skin as you ride while stretching to follow your movements in the saddle. De Marchi addresses the lower back area of the short separately, adding supportive fabric panels to stabilize the muscles of a region that faces considerable demand during a hard day bent over the bars. A light, flexible mesh bib tops the short in crisp white with a minimal cut promising support that doesn't interfere with breathability on hot days.
We're happy to report that De Marchi continues to trust the chamois experts at Elastic Interface on this most recent version of the Leggero, gracing it with the company's appropriately light N-Duro Air insert for a mix of comfort and support. The N-Duro Air follows the increasingly popular slim-and-lithe shape we've seen more and more of recently with all but the most essential cushioning removed for a design that accommodates your pedal stroke. The Leggero Italia is finished with soft jacquard and silicone leg grippers, dutifully ensuring those iconic strips stay in place throughout the entirety of your ride.