Chapeau Repel bib tights review

British company Chapeau! look to provide a quality pair of winter bib-tights that are both water and wind resistant

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Chapeau Repel bibtights are innovative and have several great features, we feel that the lack of stretch in the windstopper fabric hinders comfort. We understand why the fabric has been chosen, but for £160, we'd expect perfection form out bibtights.

Reasons to buy
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    Nice Pad

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    Good Foot Loops

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Reasons to avoid
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    Wind Stopper fabric is neither stretchy nor comfortable

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    Not very water resistant

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The Chapeau Repel bib tights sit at the top of Devon brand's range,  and come with an option of two pads. The narrower red "racer" pad suited to more aggressive positions and the wider, green "rider" pad aimed at sportive riders. Our test pair featured the Chapeau's red pad which we really liked: it remained comfortable after several hours in the saddle.

The tights have a panelled construction, consisting of a high tech c_change membrane fabric developed by Schoeller. This is complemented by Super Roubaix fabric panels for comfort. The c_change panels are effective at blocking the wind, but we found the water repellency quickly succumbed to driving rain.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.