Lightweight bib tights for those who despise wearing leg warmers: Ornot’s Women’s Lightweight Droptail Tight reviewed

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'Tights like these are why I’ve bid farewell to the hassles of knee- and leg warmers for good.’

Ornot Women's Lightweight Droptail Tight
(Image credit: Billy Sinkford // ECHOS Communications)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ornot's Women’s Lightweight Droptail Tight is a game-changer for those who, like me, find knee or leg warmers more trouble than they're worth. They’re a well-designed, no-frills and comfortable option for lightweight, full-length coverage. From morning summer commutes to endurance rides during the shoulder seasons, these tights are quite versatile as well, and will likely see a lot of use.

Reasons to buy
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    Tights offer rare, lycra-only full coverage

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    Comfortable endurance chamois

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    Minimal branding

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    Fun, textured pattern

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    Wide, soft bibstraps

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    Easy droptail functionality

Reasons to avoid
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    Lack of wind shield or rain resistance won't suit everyone

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I'm not alone when I say that I despise wearing knee or leg warmers. They create the dreaded 'sausage leg' look or fall down during the ride. Instead, I tend to opt for the hassle-free, full-coverage protection of bib tights. However, most bibtights on the market today have some sort of insulation or weather protection – great for freezing temps but prone to overheating as the mercury rises. For spring and fall riding, when the weather is mild, all I really want is full-length lycra – just some thin fabric to ward off the air's chill, a good chamois, comfortable bib straps, and little else.  

In my experience, the availability of such tights is far too limited. I've completely worn out two Castelli knickers after several shoulder seasons of riding, and Velocio's Signature Bib Knickers, which have been around for quite some time, also feature heavily in my rotation. But these are all shin-length.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.