Pro Team Shadow Bib Shorts


Pro Team Shadow Bib Shorts is rated 3.857142857142857 out of 5 by 21.
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Top-level bib shorts made from a pioneering fabric that provides excellent foul weather protection yet which remains breathable.

Pro Team Shadow Bib Shorts£260.00

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Revolutionary bib shorts

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The Pro Team Shadow Bib Shorts offer the ultimate in race-ready protection against changeable weather conditions. The shorts are made using a pioneering stretch-woven fabric, which is both ‘hydrophobic – rainwater rolls off it – and highly breathable. The shorts are designed to be worn when racing during days when it could be rainy, windy and sunny.

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The revolutionary fabric of the Pro Team Shadow range has a DWR (durable water repellent) finish applied twice during the manufacturing process, making it hydrophobic – water simply rolls off – and yet it is stretch-woven, meaning that tiny gaps of air allow body heat out despite it compressing for an aero fit. The inner is brushed too, so the bib shorts can be worn comfortably straight onto skin.

The Pro Team Shadow range was developed to provide Team Sky’s cyclists with a three-season weather protective jersey and bib shorts. The team have been racing in them since the start of the 2015 season to great effect, especially during the Belgian Classics.

The fit and upper fabric is the same as the Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts and there is also a reflective tab for visibility.

"Through a number of rides in disgusting weather, the Shadow kit really impressed. It keeps you dry in the rain, the fleece-backed bib short is warm enough at 2ºC, chill air is always held at bay and the pad is superb."
Jamie Wilkins, BikeRadar 4.5/5


  • Stretch-woven fabric that compresses to fit
  • ‘Hydrophobic’ rain protection
  • Inner fabric brushed for on-skin comfort
  • Wind resistant
  • Breathable
  • Same fit as Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts
  • Pro Team gripper on hems
  • Reflective tab


  • Main: 53% Polyamide / 47% Elastane
  • Mesh: 92% Polyester / 8% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool – 30°C using Apparel Wash
  • Wash with like colours
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean

Rapha leg and waist sizing info

Waist: natural waist measurement is taken from above the hips, close to the navel.
Inside Leg: from the crotch to the base of the ankle.

    CM IN

  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 74.5 75-80 81-86 87-92 93-99 100+
    Inside Leg 76 81 81 86 86 91
  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 28 30 32 34 36 38
    Inside Leg 30 32 32 34 34 36
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fit is odd Sorry guys, love your brand and religiously wear the Pro Team kit but these just don't fit right. I'm not sure if it's the material, a bad batch or what but when i measure the thigh circumference vs normal pro team bibs, these are much wider (like an extra 3cm?!) They look silly on and have had to return. Have no idea what performance is like as i haven't worn on a ride nor in rain. I'm sure they do the job promised.
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well finished, a tight fit for a 30" Sadly I wore them yesterday in very light drizzle and was wet through within 3 miles which given the claims about being rain resistant was hugely disappointing considering the price!
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Noticeable Difference I wore these in rain with temperature in the low 60s. Of course they get wet but they don't get "drenched" in the way that a standard bib-short might. They are also fashioned in a way that they are warmer too. Some people complained about the size or the size of the leg opening. I found the former to be consistent with other bibs from Rapha; the leg opening was a touch wider for me but made no difference once riding.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Size is different from the Bib pro team I already have a bib pro team size large, that fits perfectly, and bought the shadow of same size, only to realize that the leg circunference is quite bigger on the shadow. I like the piece but sizing is not as good as the normal pro team bib
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long waisted need not apply 6'3", 185 lbs, 32" inseam (long waisted). Ordered both Large & XL. Straps of large too short. XL straps seem a bit better but leg cuffs baggy. Returning both. Too bad since the design intent seems to fill a void in what is available.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro Team Shadow Bib Shorts, Jersey and Arm Warmers I've read several reviews of this kit and was always unsure as to buy or not. I am now the proud owner of all the shadow garments and I have to say they have performed amazingly well. On a high tempo 100K club we started out on a cool drizzly Saturday morning, the weather soon changed to torrential rain and a cold wind. My shadow kit excelled. Although not completly waterproof I felt immune to the conditions my kit kept me warm without overheating and when the heavens really opened the rain just rolled of me. At our mid point coffee stop it was very difficult to hide my glee as we sat in amongst a number of puddles on the cafe floor. The ride home was fast but equally wet and windy but within a couple of minutes I was up to ride temeprature and once again felt removed from the cold wet conditions which engulfed us. Well done Rapha, great kit!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from waterproofing seems to work Bought recently specifically for wet weather riding. I wore them on a day that started in the rain and brightened later and, yup, the rain really did bead and fall off of the shorts leaving me dry underneath. After 4 hours though the fabric had started to get a little 'itchy and scratchy' around the top of the leg/seat area. The leg hole are cut wider than you would expect but, when worn with leg warmers they are fine.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The cut is all weong Have spoken at length with product team and they finally admitted that the leg cuff is not cut the same way as all other Pro Team bibs. It is, as many other reviews mentioned, much larger than normal. Almost 2"!!! I hope they re release with proper size next season as I was looking forward to doing a Poels!!
Date published: 2016-08-31
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Hi, regarding the fit - it says this is as per the thermal pro team shorts - does this imply the they are longer in the leg fitting? 

Asked by: GrantYG
Hi, the Shadow shorts do have a longer leg like the Pro Team Thermal shorts.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-02-22

In view of the somewhat negative review on their rain resistance are they just slightly shower proof ? Or was the review of a faulty pair

Asked by: Fezzy123
Hi, they are definitely shower proof, with ability to shed spray and dry quickly after a shower has passed. The Shadow range has been extensively tested and testimonials from team Sky, state this is the optimal fabric for high-exertion riding in inclement weather.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-02-08

I don't see the Pro Team Thermal bib shorts in the line-up any more. Do these shorts offer the same warmth as the thermal bibs? Is the brushed lining the same as the thermal bib shorts?

Asked by: ridefar
Hi, The Pro Team Shadow range does not offer any thermal properties.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-03-07

Hello Rapha. These look great and I'm very tempted. But I just wondered, how will I (or someone packing a bag for me) be able to tell these shorts apart from my existing collection of Pro Team Thermal shorts? (the white ones)

Asked by: Scoot
Hi, the material of the Shadow shorts is very different for the Pro Team Thermal shorts and easily differentiated.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-01-12

How are these for riding in good weather? 

Asked by: Anders
Hi, in testing the jersey was found to still be comfortable with the zip open at temperatures up to 15ºc. This does of course depend on individual temperature tolerances and also exertion levels so will not be the same for all users.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-01-11

What pad do they have.

Asked by: Windy_Miller
Hi, the pad is the same award winning Cytech pad used in all our shorts
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-05-08
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