Ekoi Competition9 Gel bibtights review

We've tested the Ekoi Competition9 Gel bibtights. How did the French brand's colourful offering cope with a dark UK winter?

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Ekoi Competition9 range is well made, warm and comfortable with a quality pad and good fit. It’s good for cold rides, although there are no reflectives and the bright colours may not appeal to all.

Reasons to buy
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    Warm fleece fabric fits well

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    Comfortable pad

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    Lots of waist coverage to avoid cold spots

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Reasons to avoid
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    No reflectives

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    Won’t match a lot of your other kit in this colourway

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Ekoi’s winter 2016/17 Competition9 range includes jackets and jerseys as well as these bibtights. They’re designed for riding in colder conditions, down to around 0°C.

The Competiton9 range comes in some very bright colour options, including this Neon Green option, making up for the absence of reflectives. It’s also available in more understated colourways.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.