Madison Protec Women's 2-Layer Waterproof Trousers

Good for light rain and protection in very cold conditions

Madison waterproof trousers
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Madison’s Protec Women's 2-layer Waterproof Over Trousers are a rustle-free, reliable layer for anyone braving the elements for short periods of time. They are well-made with taped seams and DWR coating for extra protection. The wide leg means you can pull them on without having to remove your shoes. They fall short where reflective detailing is concerned, so aren’t the best option if you value extra visibility for riding in the dark. If you are long legged, you may want to avoid them.

Reasons to buy
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    Soft, compliant fabrics

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    Not obviously waterproofs, so ideal for 'no-rain' protection

Reasons to avoid
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    Minimal reflectives

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    Shorter than average leg

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Construction and fit

I followed Madison’s size guide to test a 14. I’d normally wear a 10 or 12. I should have stuck to what was the norm for me; the 14’s literally fell off me and were returned for a 10. They are undoubtedly a better fit, but still generous at the waist and come up a little short in the leg. I wouldn’t want to size down again for fear of losing leg length. I’d always suggest trying before you buy with overtrousers. If that’s not possible, definitely sizing down here would be advisable, but be conscious of the shorter-than-average leg length. 

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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.