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For cycling bibs and shorts, the HIP MEASUREMENT is the most crucial factor. Measure around the WIDEST POINT of the hips/bum. If you are between sizes or petite (5'3" or under), we recommend SIZING DOWN for a compressive fit. A snug fit is crucial to performance. Check out our FIT GUIDE for more detailed instructions, or pop your measurements into the fit calculator above for a personalized recommendation! (Please note, the fit guide requires chest, waist and hip measurements.)
I've been cycling for years in cheap padded shorts and quick dry tees. I thought bibs and jerseys were serious riders only. That is a lie! Bibs are for everyone!! I cannot believe how comfortable these are compared to my shorts. There's no waistband digging into my stomach, nothing squeezing my thighs - I didn't even think about my clothes on my ride. Which is whole point of cycling clothes. The bibs plus the jersey made me feel like a bad ass cyclist who can take on anything, plus the modernist print is fun and colorful. I was skeptical about the summerweight jersey but I wore it in the sun on the 80 degree day and never felt too hot. I actually felt cold when I stopped in the shade. I love not slathering myself with greasy sunscreen. I actually just ordered a second summerweight jersey so I can have a back up. I followed the size chart for an XS jersey, which was snug but still comfortable, and an S bibs. I also tried an XS bibs but they were suffocating.
I have yet to be disappointed by a Machines for Freedom Purchase. The Jersey breathes so well and the bibs have just the right level of compression. Thanks for making cycling gear that fits real women.
Love the fit and the cut of the bib shorts. Sizing was approx my usual size when normally i would expect to size up in bike apparel. Regarding the jersey - for me the size that matched my bust measurements was a better fit.
I’m 5’10 and 175lbs and ordered the large bibs and medium jersey based on my measurements. Both are quite snug. I also ordered tall, and glad I did! There’s no extra space in the torso- the straps are tight. Otherwise, it feels good quality and the chamois is comfortable. I would just recommend sizing up from what the size chart recommends
The jersey fit and feel is amazing. I'm 5'10 and 170 lbs, based on my hip measurements I ordered a large for the bibs. However, they were very tight and became sheer when I would put any additional strain on the fabric, like sitting and bending in the saddle. The XL fit much, much better without the see through quality when bending. In general, it's such good quality gear and the return process was extremely easy. The padding in these bibs deserves accolade. Compared to comparably priced Castelli or Pearl Izumi gear the padding here is far superior. I love this company.