Escape Jack Frost’s chilly grip and keep riding through winter with six of the best bib tights
Our experts spent hours in the saddle to decide on these six pairs.
AERON ROUBAIX HALTERNECK £80 wiggle.co.uk The zipped ankles make getting these tights on and off relatively easy, and the grips ensured they stayed in place once on. The innovative halterneck mesh bib avoids overheating and makes mid-ride toilet trips a lot less hassle: not to be sniffed at. The chamois does its job and goes the distance on long rides, although does feel quite bulky. The shorts kept the cold out and are reasonably priced, although there’s no little extras such as reflective strips. OVERALL
GORE BIKE WEAR ELEMENT 2.0 THERMO BIB TIGHTS+ £89.99 goreapparel.co.uk Defying the old adage that you can have your bib tights in any colour you like, as long as it’s black, these are available with a red or yellow stripe down the side. The tights use three fabrics, a warm fleece for most panels, a tougher panel across the lower back and crotch to protect from spray, and a mesh bib. The combination works brilliantly, and these have been our ‘go to’ bib tights for weekly tempo training rides with our local club. OVERALL
BONTRAGER CIRCUIT THERMAL INFORM BIB TIGHTS £79.99 trekbikes.com These proved warm on sub-five degree mornings, while the white mesh front, back and straps helped avoid overheating. The chamois is firm and kept its shape and comfort on 60-mile rides, while the ankle grippers and zips ensure a secure fit. There’s a shininess to the fabric that had me sliding up and down the saddle on the first few rides, but this eased over time. Reflective calf stripes boost visibility. OVERALL
ALTURA PODIUM ELITE THERMO BIB TIGHT £109.99 zyrofisher.co.uk These top-of-the-range tights are one of only two pairs on test that breach the £100 threshold, but they justify their price tag. They’re as supple and snug as a second skin, with welcome insulation against the cold. Gripper bands keep the zip-free ankles in place, and the chamois is excellent for hour after hour in the saddle. For higherpaced tempo rides and interval sessions, the mesh of the bib section helps sweat on the lower back to escape. OVERALL
POLARIS TORNADO WINTER CYCLING BIB TIGHTS £85 polaris-bikewear.co.uk There’s an inescapable trade-off with bib tights – the more weather protection they provide, the stiffer and less flexible they feel and these tights don’t feel as supple as others. But, that’s swiftly forgotten when you’re pedalling into a headwind that’s chilled by frost. These are windproof and insulated tights, with underfoot loops that keep them in place. There’s some reflective detailing and the pad is decent. OVERALL
ENDURA PRO SL BIBLONG £139.99 endurasport.com Clever tailoring has made the entire front of these tights from one piece of fleecy, windproof fabric, while more breathable material is used on the back of the knees and hamstrings to help temperature regulation. Reflective material at the calves creates a strobe effect in the glare of headlights, while the tight, elasticated ankle cuffs fit comfortably beneath overshoes. There is a short zip fly to facilitate comfort breaks. OVERALL