For the transitional periods between autumn, winter and spring the Chill Bike tights make an ideal choice. The cut and material gives comfort for all styles of riding and the windproofing is a bonus. They are however too lightweight to wear in colder conditions
Thinner Roubaix fabric almost disappears when on
Windproof panels protect delicate knees
Cytech seat pad performs well
The thicker windproof layers tend to bunch up
Not warm enough for proper winter riding
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The Roubaix material that the Odlo Chill bib tights are made of initially seemed quite thin compared with some of the others that have been tested recently. But the upside is that the tights are really comfortable.
The torso and thigh areas are exceptionally comfy and the chamois is a Cytech pad designed for longer distances.
The front of the knees have additional windproof material that worked well to keep them warm in showery conditions, but the lack of stretch meant they felt awkward.
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Despite the lack of ankle grippers or zips, the tapered cut of the tights kept them in place incredibly well. Small dots of reflectivity on the tops of the thighs and a small reflective logo on the seat helped visibility but lacked sufficient vision for night rides.
Due to their thinner make-up, they would be suited to autumn or early winter rides when the temperatures haven’t dropped too much.
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