Santini Adapt Polartec Thermal C3 bib tights review

The Santini Adapt bib tights perform well across a wide range of temperatures thanks to a snug but breathable combination of natural merino and synthetic knitted fibres from Polartec – but they're very expensive

Santini Adapt tights
(Image credit: Simon Smythe)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Santini Adapt bib tights are great for either side of deep winter, they’re very comfortable and very well made – but they’re also very expensive..

Reasons to buy
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    Work well across wide range of temperatures

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    Very comfortable

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    Fabric includes natural merino

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    High-quality construction

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    Made in Italy

Reasons to avoid
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    Ankle wrinkles

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    High price

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The Santini Adapt Thermal Polartec C3 bib tights are designed for temperatures between 7°C and 15°C, according to Santini, but I would say they're warm enough for a few degrees below that. At the upper end of their range, since they’re so comfortable and lightweight, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear them as soon as shorts season is over, skipping leg-warmer season altogether. They're very versatile, as the name suggests.

Additionally, even though they’re not water resistant, they don’t hold onto water (despite the wool ingredient) and dry very quickly in-ride.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.