The warmest in Mavic’s range, the Inferno bib tights are good on a cold winter’s day

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 7

Mavic Inferno bib tights

Pros:

  • Wind stopper material does its job
  • Water repellence is a good additional feature

Cons:

  • Restrictive fit
  • Small chamois

Product:

Mavic Inferno bib tights

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£135.00

These bib tights are marketed as a warm layer for winter rides, and in this respect they are very good. The fleece lining is a welcome addition that kept our legs warm on the colder first days of the New Year and the outer fabric kept the worst of the wind out. What’s more, this outer fabric also has some water repellence, which kept road spray and light rain at bay.

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The tights as shown with the Mavic Sprinters jacket

Unfortunately, these Mavic Inferno bib tights are not without their faults. The chamois is similar to that found on a trisuit, a garment designed for much shorter stints in the saddle, which meant comfort on long rides left a lot to be desired. Add to that the fact that the frontal area didn’t leave a lot to the imagination of the casual passerby, and we were left with no choice but to wear a pair of bib shorts over the top.

Furthermore, the fit was slightly restrictive when pedalling. This is partially a pay off for the windproof-water repellent material, which as mentioned is excellent, but it did become irritating on longer rides. A way round this could have been to go a size up, but the bib tights would then have been baggy in the places where the fit was ok.

If possible, try these on in your local bike shop before taking the plunge as you’ll know about it if you’ve bought the wrong size.

Verdict

Not without their flaws, the comfort of staying warm on winter rides is important so these could still be a good buy, just don’t expect a flawless piece of kit.

Details

Weight:377g
Sizes:XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
Colours:As shown, black with red mesh bibs
  • Andrew Bairsto

    I have a set of Mavic bib tights and they are superb fit and are warm but the stitching is diabolical.