The dhb Professional bib tights are a seriously warm pair of winter tights that will keep you cosy through your base miles. And not only will you be warm but you’ll also be comfy thanks to the surprisingly good chamois for the price. The only glitch is that the dhb really struggle in the rain, and we’d advise checking the weather forecast before plucking them from the wardrobe.
Struggle in the wet
A pair of bib tights are one of the most essential pieces to get you through those winter miles. Charged with keeping you both warm and comfortable, selecting a good quality pair of bibtights will make all the difference to your enjoyment of your winter training.
This is where the dhb Professional bib tights come in…
Developed in collaboration with the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team, these new bibtights are part of dhb’s new top-end “Professional ASV” range that seems to be an attempt to dispel dhb’s reputation as an unfashionable brand targeting the lower half of the cycling market.
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That’s not to say that dhb have abandoned their commitment to producing products at surprisingly low prices. With an RRP of £89.99, the dhb bibtights are at least £10-15 cheaper than what we’d usually consider to be the price to pay for top-of-the-range thermal bibtights.
And a high quality pair of thermal bibtights is exactly what you’re getting here. The dhb Professional bibtights are among some of the warmest we’ve had on test. An Italian Super Roubaix brushed fleece fabric is used in pretty much every area, and did an excellent job at keeping out the cold even as the mercury dropped towards freezing. The fact that this super-warm material is also used for the bibs adds a touch of extra warmth for when you’re jacket can’t offer the same sort of protection offered by the tights.
The brushed fleece of the Super Roubaix material also helped to make the dhb Professional bibtights exceptionally comfy. Although we’re generally a little sceptical of bibtights that come without foot loops, the silicon grippers keep the bottom of the dhb tights from riding up, while the ankle zippers are taped to prevent irritation. The soft, wide bibs didn’t dig into the shoulders while still doing a good job at keeping the chamois firmly in place.
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The chamois is produced by Italian company CyTech (whose pads can also be found in products from the likes of Assos and Rapha) and is specifically designed for long-distance riding. Of course this is a very personal item, but we found the chamois to be exceptionally comfortable, and didn’t experience tenderness even at the end of four or five hour rides.
Our only bad experience with the dhb bibtights came when the rain started to fall. Admittedly these aren’t designed as waterproof bibtights, but you’re unlikely to make it through the winter without getting caught in an unexpected shower. And when the heavens open, the dhb tights are quickly saturated taking on large amounts of water which unfortunately negates the warmth of these otherwise excellent bibtights.
For more info visit the Wiggle website.
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