Mavic Inferno bib tights review

The warmest in Mavic’s range, the Inferno bib tights are good on a cold winter’s day

(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Not without their flaws, the comfort of staying warm on winter rides is important so these could still be a good buy, just don’t expect a flawless piece of kit.

Reasons to buy
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    Wind stopper material does its job

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    Water repellence is a good additional feature

Reasons to avoid
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    Restrictive fit

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    Small chamois

These bib tights are marketed as a warm layer for winter rides, and in this respect they are very good. The fleece lining is a welcome addition that kept our legs warm on the colder first days of the New Year and the outer fabric kept the worst of the wind out. What’s more, this outer fabric also has some water repellence, which kept road spray and light rain at bay.

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The tights as shown with the Mavic Sprinters jacket
(Image credit: mike prior)

Unfortunately, these Mavic Inferno bib tights are not without their faults. The chamois is similar to that found on a trisuit, a garment designed for much shorter stints in the saddle, which meant comfort on long rides left a lot to be desired. Add to that the fact that the frontal area didn’t leave a lot to the imagination of the casual passerby, and we were left with no choice but to wear a pair of bib shorts over the top.

Furthermore, the fit was slightly restrictive when pedalling. This is partially a pay off for the windproof-water repellent material, which as mentioned is excellent, but it did become irritating on longer rides. A way round this could have been to go a size up, but the bib tights would then have been baggy in the places where the fit was ok.

If possible, try these on in your local bike shop before taking the plunge as you'll know about it if you've bought the wrong size.