Shimano Evolve Wind bib tights review

These tights are designed for the worst conditions and the lowest temperatures, but possibly not for the smoothest looks

Shimano Wind Evolve bib tights
(Image credit: Simon Smyth)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Evolve Wind bib tights do exactly what Shimano intends them to do – keep out the wind – and are comfortable, durable and not ridiculously expensive compared to rival premium tights. I didn’t get on with the two-way zip and some people might not like the look of the wrinkling around the edges of the windproof panels, but this is a good pair of deep-winter tights.

Reasons to buy
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    Very warm, windproof panels

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    High bib front for extra insulation

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    Thick, comfortable chamois

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Reasons to avoid
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    Two way zip creates a lump

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    Untidy-looking wrinkles

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    Flatlock seams frayed slightly after multiple washes

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The Shimano Evolve Wind bib tights are seriously heavy duty. In fact, it needs to be really wintry or they can be a bit too warm if you’re riding hard. But as soon as the north wind starts to blow in earnest and the sleet sweeps in, these tights, with their multi-fabric, multi-layer, fleece-backed construction, are the perfect defence. With the excellent Evolve pad, which is thicker than many and perfect for longer rides, they're a formidable winter weapon.

The two-way zip isn't quite in the right place for me, and they're not quite right in the looks department due to a bit of unsightly wrinkling, but for really cold weather they're great.

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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.