Vermarc Super Roubaix Double Zip Warmup Tights review

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

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £102.66 RRP | USD $170.00

Our review

Ultra-convenient full-zip tear-off capability, warm and cozy Super Roubaix fabric and high quality construction, but very expensive and so-so fit
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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.

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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.

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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
Zippers on both legs run from ankle to waist, making removal a matter of seconds :
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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

Product Specifications

Product

Name Super Roubaix Double Zip Warmup Tights (10)
Brand Vermarc

Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Fastening Type Full-Zip