Castelli LW 2 bib tights review

A midweight pair of bib tights, designed to balance warmth with breathability in cool weather

Castelli LW 2 Bibtight
Cycling Weekly Verdict

These bib tights offer a great balance between warmth and breathability which makes them perfect for the kind of winter weather we experience most often in the UK. The lack of reflective detailing is a let down, and the chamois doesn’t have the best padding distribution for me personally, but I'd have no trouble in recommending these. Their versatility means they are likely to be your most used bib tights and the price is relatively good value.

Reasons to buy
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    Great temperature balance

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    Great fit

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    Water resistant lower

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Reasons to avoid
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    Chamois padding distribution

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    No reflective detailing

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Three-quarter length bib tights are a thing of the past and lighter weight tights are the future. Fabrics for cycle clothing have come a long way in recent years, to the point that Castelli believe you can now experience all the benefits of a three-quarter length—and none of the negatives—in a full length tight.

The LW moniker stands for Light Winter; these tights are designed for high intensity riding in cool spring and autumn weather, or warmer winter days. The kind of rides where you would overheat in a full-on winter tight but need more protection than just a set of leg warmers—essentially, the kind of riding that we experience most often in the UK.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg