We put Zappi's new bib tights through their paces
Kit emblazoned with the name of former Italian pro Flavio Zappi has become a regular sight on the roads around Oxford in the last few years, with the Zappi’s cycling club boasting nearly 300 members and five different race teams. And in 2016 you can now buy a full range of Zappi kit, with summer and winter options for men and women.
The Zappi men’s bib longs have a fairly understated design, with the only flashes of Italian exuberance in these all-black bib tights being the reflective Zappi logos on the side panels of the thighs and just above your left ankle, and the green, white, and red tricolore above your right ankle. But this is no bad thing – after all who needs a flash design when it’s all going to be covered in muck anyway?
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As you’d expect from a decent pair of bib tights, the Zappi men’s bib longs have a fleece lining on the inside of the fabric which helps to provide a decent level on insulation to keep heat from escaping. However unfortunately the outside of the fabric isn’t particularly windproof, so in very cold conditions or when there’s a brisk north-easterly blowing, you’ll be wanting a bit more protection.
The pad of the Zappi men’s bib longs provide a similar level of protection for your backside as the main part of the tights do for your legs. It has a fairly low profile design which means that it doesn’t get in the way even when riding hard and fast in an aggressive position, but when I was on the bike for more than four hours or so, I would have liked a bit more comfort.
However, pad aside, the Zappi men’s bib longs are nice to wear. That fleece lining feels nice against your skin, while the bibs provide plenty of support without digging in at the shoulders. Finally the zips at the ankle mean that they’re easy to get on and off even at the end of long, cold rides when fumbling around with frozen hands.
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The Zappi men's bib longs are a decent pair of bib tights that are comfortable to wear and offer decent insulation. However, they could be better if they offered better windproofing and a cushier pad for long rides.