Monday, December 21, 2009 10.00am
By Mat Brett, Cycling Plus
What you get here, essentially, is a pair of ﬂeecy tights with windproof panels over the top of the front section right the way from the waist to the ankles.
They wrinkle a bit around the knees when you straighten your legs, but in terms of performance it makes no odds – they keep the cold air out a treat.
The Craft bibs provided good insulation overall when we tested them in an environmental chamber – only the tights from De Marchi and Gore performed better – and they’re easily the warmest of the sub-£100 options we've tried.
All the seams are ﬂat-stitched so that you can barely feel them, let alone be bothered by them as you ride. The ankle zips are extra long (they extend all the way up to your knees) so you can haul them over shoes mid-ride without any trouble, and you get a useful amount of reﬂective piping and logos, although some of it’s on the wrong side for the UK’s left-hand trafﬁc.
The slim foam seatpad isn’t the plushest and unlike most winter tights, the bib is made from mesh so it doesn’t provide you with much extra insulation on the torso, but you’re still getting impressive performance considering the relatively low price.
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