Madison Sportive Shield Softshell bib tights review

Despite being warm, the Madison Sportive Shield Softshell bib tights suffered with regard to fit and were not the most comfortable we have tested

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

These bibs are certainly warm and we like the styling and the warmth, but they are flawed with regards to fit and comfort. With an RRP of £99.99 we feel this can't be overlooked. This is a shame as Madison have impressed us hugely with other products.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Poor fitting

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    Constrictive above the knee

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    Not very stretchy material

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    Chamois uncomfortable for us

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There's little debate that a good pair of winter bib tights are essential for riding in cold weather. The main criteria on which we judge a pair of bib tights are: fit, comfort, warmth, breathability, value and bonus features.

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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.