Souplesse Bib Shorts


Souplesse Bib Shorts is rated 4.5479452054794525 out of 5 by 73.
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Performance bib shorts for intense riding which use the same fabric as the acclaimed men’s Pro Team Bib Shorts, tried and tested by Team Sky at the highest levels of pro racing.

Souplesse Bib Shorts£170.00

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High-performance bib shorts for female riders

If you are unsure of which bibs or shorts to choose, take a look at our new Women's Bib Shorts Guide

Technical bib shorts for intense summer training and racing. The shorts use the same fabric as the acclaimed men’s Pro Team Bib Shorts, which have been tried and tested by Team Sky at the highest levels of pro road racing.

NB: The short version of the Souplesse Bib Shorts is 50mm shorter than the regular version.

The fabric is treated with coldblack®, a highly technical dye that reflects the sun’s rays to keep the fabric cool against the skin, and the Souplesse Bib Shorts have an aero fit, for maximum comfort in a ‘race’ position on the bike. The bib section went through many stages of testing and refinement, and the result is a fine and comfortable mesh that contours to accommodate different bust sizes and body types, ensuring a perfect silhouette. The straps use a mesh fabric for breathability, and the waist and legs are tailored for a supportive fit.

"The panelled construction is designed to sit close to the body when riding, and once the bibs are on you'll barely notice you're wearing them. The Lycra itself is treated with 'coldblack', which Rapha describes as a 'technical dye that reflects the sun's rays to keep the fabric cool against the skin'. In action, it works. As a fair-skinned woman, I really feel the heat as soon as the sun puts in an appearance, but the Souplesse bib shorts kept cool, even when in full sunshine."
Aoife Glass, BikeRadar 4/5


  • Wide front strap to accommodate bust size
  • Race fit
  • Contoured seams
  • Flatlock stitching for comfort
  • Award-winning chamois
  • Reflective logo detail on legs
  • Low-profile gripper elastic
  • Breathable mesh straps


  • 83% Polyester
  • 17% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool: 30°C
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean

Body sizing

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.


  •   XXS XS S M L XL
    Waist 62 66 71 76 81 86
    Inside Leg 66 67 68 69 70 71
  •   XXS XS S M L XL
    Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34
    Inside Leg 26 26.5 26.7 27 27.5 28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I expected:( I want to start by saying I absolutely love your classic bib shorts! They are truly my favorite. The only think I do not love about them is the full panel in the summer because they get a little too warm but I still ware them because they are so compfy. I bought the Souplesse bibs hoping they would be just as awesome. Unfortunately they are not. The material is awful and the fit is even worse. I am not a women with hips and they hug my mid-section so they are very uncomfortable. In addition they felt very cheaply made. If you could just take your classic bib shorts and give them skinny straps you would have a total winner in my book. These are in the process of being returned.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sizing I bought my shorts, gillet and top as a complete set. Although I wouldn't usually wear a pair of shorts for the first time on a long ride (95 miles) I did and was very pleased with the comfort of the shammy. My disappointment was towards the end of the ride when I noticed how baggy they had become. I am a size one top & bottom the fit of the Souplesse top is perfect and a professional fit at all times. When I tried the xs shorts on they were definately to tight hence why I bought small shorts. I bought Souplesse because the fit was much better than the core range but the shorts have definately disappointed me. If the shorts give this much on a ride we should be advised to get a smaller size. I look forward to your comments.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Womens Bib and Brace I have been riding and racing both mountain bikes and road bikes for over 10 years. In the past 5 years I been primarily purchased Rapha knicks due to their comfort and longevity. Whilst I would normally give the Rapha bib and brace knick 9/10, I would rate the Souplesse model an 8/10 due to having to get them repaired after less than half a dozen wears. The edging of the straps came apart (as they are glued) very early on. Additionally, the chamois of all my Rapha knicks unstitch around the edges over time. These minor issues aside, I still purchase Rapha knicks due to their comfort and the longevity I get from them. Thanks Rapha for producing such a superb women's knick!!
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shorts This is the second pair I've bought and I'd like to own as many as possible. It's a pair of shorts made for the woman who rides a high amount of miles and is therefore a rare gem. They are tighter than the classic shorts. It has a chamois that supports every inch and stays in place it while moving around (I commute 17 miles to work and there is a lot of stop and go there). It is also lightweight and on a side note it dries amayzingly fast (I hand wash around 7pm and they're usually good to go by my 7 am ride the next morning). They are worth every penny Rapha asks for.
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not cut for curvy figure I'm 5'4" and have a curvy figure - i.e. slender waist, very round and curvy bum - and muscular legs. The cut of these bibs does not work on me at all. The leg opening is too tight and gives me sausage legs, but the remainder of the short is too large, both in terms of diameter and length, such that they sag down when I stand. (I'm not sure what kind of woman would have thinner legs but a bigger bum than mine!) The straps are very thin and - due to my height and their length - are insufficient for holding up the shorts. I'm constantly pulling the shorts up at the waist. I tried to give them a chance - wore them for several computrainer sessions - but the bad fit make these very annoying and uncomfortable to wear. I should have returned them. If you are tall, with a large bone frame, and slender legs maybe these would work.
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Confortable I wore these bib shorts for the first time on a 50k ride. They were super comfortable breathable and light. I was worried a bi the straps but I didn't even feel them. The padding felt good as well and the quality is excellent. the elastic on the legs is a little bit tight but it doesn't bother at all. In fact it prevents the shorts from moving. I feel like they give a bit of a sausage effect but it not super obvious. I a very happy with my purchases since I was struggling to find the perfect pair of shorts. Definitely in love with Rapha despite of the price!
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice fabric and great body shaping I'm impressed by these bib tights as they feel very nice against the skin. I love the lack of silicon grippers on the thighs. The bibs are really slimming and I love the pad (in black) and there seems to be less raised seams between the pad and shorts compared to many other brands. Sizing is good but not as compressive as I thought in the legs. I'm fairly even up top and down bottom but I needed the bibs in small and the jersey in medium. Probably not a bad thing the bibs aren't super compressive as I would expect sausage legs and perhaps some 'back clevage' as the sides of the bibs appear to cut lower on my waist than my normal bibs. Overall love these but only 4 stars as my Ale bibs score better overall for fit, compression and fabric.
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable,well designed bib shorts. Bought for a recent trip to French Alps, wore with Souplesse Jerseys.Always comfortable and no problems.Be sure to size down as comes up big.Shorts good for a long torso. I am 5'11 size 12 and size Medium was the correct fit.
Date published: 2015-09-06
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I have a 28" waist but I'm concerned since my hips are 40" and my thigh/quads are 22". My waist is small but hips are usually a large. How do the leg openings and room for a backside fair?

Asked by: ss23
Hi, these shorts are cut with a close, race ready fit. The leg openings do have quite a lot of stretch to accommodate a variety of leg sizes. The classic shorts have a slightly more relaxed fit if these shorts do not work for your body shape. As always we do offer a free a 90 day returns policy if needed.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-01

Hi, I have a 25 inch waist, appears to be between sizes of XS and XXS, which size would you recommend for me? 

Asked by: Ceeel
Hi, these bibs have a close fit. As you're waist is 25in, we would recommend you purchase an XS.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-08-18

Hello! What is the length of the inside legs for an XS Souplesse bib shorts? I don't know witch option I should choose between short or regular length. I'am 5.3 and my weight is 52 kg. Thanks! Julie

Asked by: JujuA
Hi, the Souplesse Bib Shorts in XS have an inseam of 24cm in the regular, and 19cm in the short version.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-05-19
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