Es­cape Jack Frost’s chilly grip and keep rid­ing through winter with six of the best bib tights

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Our ex­perts spent hours in the sad­dle to de­cide on these six pairs.

AERON ROUBAIX HALTERNECK £80 wig­ 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 gore­ap­ 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 trek­ 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 zy­ 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 po­ 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 en­duras­ 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

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