Vermarc Super Roubaix Double Zip Warmup Tights£102.66

Pricey – but indispensible – pre-race kit for cold days

BikeRadar score3.5/5

All racers have been there at one point or another: stood on the start line, waiting for the last few minutes to count down… and freezing your tail off because you're dressed for riding, not waiting.

Vermarc's Super Roubaix Double Zip Warmup Tights handle the warmth aspect of the problem with full fleece-backed Super Roubaix construction throughout that's good down to nearly freezing, but the real trick is the full-length zipper running down each leg. 

In literally 10 seconds and without disrupting any other kit, you can strip these off and toss them aside (to a waiting partner or at least a secure spot, to be recovered after the event), leaving your muscles warm when the gun goes off and yet still properly attired for full-blown efforts without overheating later. 

Fit quality is good – but not great – with a rather basic tapered four-panel-plus-crotch gusset pattern, ankle grippers and an elastic hem up top. The fit around the knees can be a touch floppy while riding on account of the heavy-duty zipper at their sides, and the waist is cut very high and nearly level from front to back – normally major demerits for a cycling tight in this price range.

Sizing runs a little big, too. This is all mostly forgivable, though, given the garment's intended use as strictly a short duration, pre-event item, and to that end it works fantastically well.

Even so, critics will argue that these are awfully expensive for what amounts to a pair of straightforward thermal tights with a couple of extra zippers, and we'd tend to agree. But given that Vermarc are competing in a field of one as far as we can tell (non-cycling full-zip pants tend to be even-simpler nylon windbreakers and far too baggy for riding), if you're a 'cross racer, you should consider these a no-brainer, expensive or not.

Zippers on both legs run from ankle to waist, making removal a matter of seconds :
Unlike standard tights or leg warmers, you can quickly take off the Vermarc tights while straddling your bike waiting for a race start - even with a foot clipped in

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 173cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 70kg / 154lb
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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