The Merstons' fleece-backed Thermo-Stretch fabric is double-thickness over your knees and that extra warmth is really welcome on frosty mornings.
The bib section uses the same material and is generously cut so it functions almost as an insulating base layer top. A Coolmax-lined antibacterial seat pad provides effective sweat-control while the zipped fly, silicone leg grippers and reflective logos are real quality touches. Seams behind the knees can irk on long rides but, hey, you can get four pairs for the price of the equivalent Raphas! DHB's lightweight Earnley three-quarters are just as good and even cheaper at £27.99.