With the worst winter in years for freezing temperatures, keeping warm on the bike has required a fair few layers and the Core bibshorts have become my favourite artillery against the cold.

A thick brushed-fleece material called Lombardy has been used in the construction of these shorts. This extra thermal layer has not only kept my thighs warm but with the high-zipped front has helped to insulate everything up to my chest.

A breathable fabric on the back helps to regulate body temperature, as you can often get too hot in some conditions with a few thermal layers on top. Northwave uses a Bi-Elastic high-density pad with air foam, which was comfortable for hours in the saddle. The only thing I would like to see is a smaller logo on the leg.

Core is spot-on for this time of year and they will certainly be in my kit bag for the chilly spring days coupled with some knee warmers.

Contact Jim Walker www.jimwalker.co.uk or www.gbcycles.co.uk, 0208 688 5094

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