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.
Wind stopper material does its job
Water repellence is a good additional feature
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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.
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.
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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs