Endura Pro SL bib tights review

The most comfortable tights I’ve used for a long time, Endura has put a lot of quality features into the Pro SL bib tights

Endura Pro SL bib tights
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Endura Pro SL bib tights use a variety of fabrics for excellent protection from wet and cold. They’re super-comfortable and come with three pad width options as well as unpadded. Plus there’s a huge size range to fit all comers.

Reasons to buy
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    Three pad widths to fit different saddles and anatomy

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    Massive size range

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    Clever fabric mix for excellent comfort in winter conditions

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    Plenty of reflective details

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Reasons to avoid
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    Come up on the large side, so you may need to size down

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Endura’s Pro SL is its premium road kit range. Like its Pro SL bib shorts, the Endura Pro SL bib tights (Endura calls them bib longs) benefit from the brand’s three different widths of its 700 series pad for different sit bone anatomy. There’s also the option to buy a padless pair.

There’s an online pad fitting tool on which you select your saddle from a drop-down list. This then recommends a pad width for you. A few bike shops, listed on Endura’s site, offer a fit using a pressure sensitive pad for the most accurate results.

Although Endura’s pad has a smooth inner surface, rather than the bumps and ridges of many pads, it’s still extremely comfortable, with a continuously variable thickness that provides plenty of depth under the sit bones and less where it is not needed.

Clever fabric mix

The comfort features of the Endura Pro SL bib tights don’t stop at the pad though. Rather than using one fabric throughout, there’s a mix of different materials to suit their placement.

So the front facing panels are made of extra-fleecy, DWR treated and wind resistant thermoroubaix fabric. This does an excellent job of keeping windchill out and also repelling spray from the front wheel. The rear of the legs is made from a lighter weight – but still fleecy – brushed fabric.


Endura Pro SL bib tights

Fabric mix includes large pixelated areas on the rear of the calves

Plus you get pixelated reflective brushed panels on the rear side of the lower leg and reflective bands at the ankle, while the area around the pad and at the rear of the seat is made of a non-fleeced water repellent fabric. There’s a high front rise with a short zip to help you get in and out, giving lots of overlap with top half clothing.

The bottom hem of the Endura Pro SL bib tights is raw edged too and without zippers. This makes getting the tights on and off a bit harder, but means that there’s nothing to irritate with the usual winter layers and it’s comfortable under overshoes.

All in all, the Endura Pro SL bib tights are something of a tour de force, with an amazing array of features that I found really kept me comfortable in damp, cold or cold/damp conditions.

Another advantage of the Endura Pro SL tights: as well as the three pad width options, there’s a massive range of eight sizes from XS through to 4XL, so you’ll find a pair to fit.

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If you’re used to an Italian fit from the likes of Castelli, it’s worth bearing in mind that Endura’s kit tends to run a bit larger: I was comfortable in a small size in the Endura Pro SL bib tights despite usually coming up as a medium.

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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.