I was SO excited when I heard Anna Glowinski – the designer behind Ana Nichoola – was back with her new project ‘Anna’s Legs’. I always loved Ana Nichoola kit, but found it sometimes difficult to get hold of, so when I learned that the capsule collection of leggings would be available via online women’s cycling retailer VeloVixen I was even more thrilled.
The leggings (£95-£105) are designed to be premium cycling tights – they’re fitted with a top end cycling chamois, that is slim enough that you would feel perfectly comfortably locking your bike up and wearing them around the supermarket or for a coffee break with friends. They’re available in China Blue, the iconic ‘Star’ print and ‘Mountain Sunset’. I was lucky enough to test two pairs: China Blue in a size 8, and the star print in a size 10.
The leggings arrived in a lovely presentation box, which contained a helpful guide that would be genuinely useful for anyone wearing chamois tights for the first time. Most importantly, Anna’s Legs made it very clear that the tights should not be worn with knickers – something that can completely negate the value of a chamois.
Pleased with the presentation, I set out to put the tights to the test…
The chamois pad is an Italian CyTech affair – in cycling speak, that basically means ‘the best, most trusted chamois brand out there’. The tights are first and foremost designed with short town spins at front of mind, but ‘stylishly owning the road’ and ‘spinning’ are also listed in recommended uses. I’d be happy wearing these on longer rides too, though I’d never wear tights for a spinning class unless that class was taking place atop of the polar ice caps. In winter.