Rapha Deep Winter tights review£220.00

Bib tights for very cold weather

BikeRadar score4/5

Rapha have added a pair of Deep Winter tights to their range this year. These have no chamois and are designed to be worn over padded shorts on the most inclement of days.

They're made from a fleece-lined, heavier-weight material than Rapha’s standard tights, adding more insulation, windproofing on the front of the legs and water-repellent properties to the mix. There’s a reflective stripe on the left heel, and the word ‘wheelsucker’ subtly printed on the seat panel.

There’s a lot of attention to detail, with pre-bent knees and a hard-wearing, water-resistant seat panel. The result is a beautifully cut, comfortable product that’s exceptionally warm.

Unless you’re really cold-blooded, a normal pair of longs will probably suffice, but if no amount of cold will put you off venturing out on your bike, these are hard to beat. From our experience of Rapha bibs, these are likely to prove hard-wearing – which is just as well, given the price tag.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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