With a very traditional look whilst incorporating some cutting edge material technology that actually creates heat, the Santini BeHot bib tights should make a good choice for cold weather riding
The stand-out feature of these tights is the BeHot fabric that is said to generate heat when stretched.
In use the material felt very warm but quite stiff and restrictive when pedalling. The other feature of this material is that it combines a water-resistant coating to allow for a wider range of weather conditions.
I found these longs tight, so sized up as I barely fitted in large despite normally being a medium.
The tights have a very supportive feel, especially around the legs, and have a very active cut to suit a riding position.
The Twist Gel chamois insert felt supportive, with padding in the right places for longer rides, and no bunching.
The bibs and torso come up very high but fortunately there is a zip to aid comfort; however, as the material is the same as the legs, the area felt a touch tight when breathing hard.
The BeHot tights make an excellent choice for those sub-zero rides when your lower half actually benefits from the warmth generated by the material. This does lead to them being a little too warm for temperatures above 5 degrees. The traditional styling will not be to everyone’s taste