Rapha Pro Team bib tights review

With a careful eye on all weather riding the Rapha Pro Team bib tights delivers a full range of features designed to keep you riding whatever the weather

Cycling Weekly Verdict

With classic Rapha styling the Pro Team Winter tights are a good choice for winter riding when the mercury starts dropping. With a cut that felt comfortable whether cruising or going hard the tights performed well. Just a few small niggles stopped these from becoming one of the favourites of the test

For
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    Excellent placement of different materials to ensure comfort

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    Bibstraps are very comfortable

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    Classic styling

Against
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    Seatpad tends to be quite bulky at the back

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    Expensive compared to others

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    Night time visibility is poor

The Rapha Pro Team bib tights are designed for winter and everything it can throw at you.

During a recent visit to Italy I found myself riding through snow with the temperature hovering around zero and these tights shrugged off the worst of the chill.

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The fit of these tights is for all-day comfort with a sensibly thought-out mix of water-resistant panels and thinner materials around the back of the legs and torso to regulate temperature.

When walking around the pad feels quite ‘nappy-like’ but fits well and delivers superbly when in an aggressive riding position.

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The tights never felt uncomfortable in use and there were no annoying seams as on some other pairs we tested.

The only niggles were that the ankles had a tendency to ride up due to lack of gripper, and despite having ‘low light’ white stripes across the calves there is no nighttime reflectivity.

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James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.