I first came across these tights cycling to work. Riding along embankment on a dark autumnal morning, my eye caught a shining beacon of light 50 metres ahead of me.
Cycling up to a red light, I realised the beacon of light was actually the reflective detailing of the dhb Flashlight Tights. Sitting at the lights, I took a good look at the tights, they really looked fantastic. Super flattering and when out of a direct beam of light, the hexagonal reflective detailing was actually a nice touch to the appearance of the tights. I knew then and there that I needed to put these tights to the test.
As any hardened commuter knows, finding a pair of flattering, attractive high-viz tights can be a challenge. While effective on the bike, off it they look dowdy and personally I feel less inclined to hop off the bike and run errands in my gear on the way home which means my poor boyfriend and I are forced to endure eggs on toast for the fourth time that week!
Popping on the Size 10 dhb Flashlight Tights, the first thing I noticed was the fit. I am a very standard UK Size 10 and the sizing proved perfect. At 5′ 10″ I am tall and am happy to report that they also didn’t end somewhere on my mid-calf.
Unlike other winter tights, the lycra used on these is relatively light, quite similar to a standard running tight which might prove a little chilly for those bone-aching mid-winter days. Although we have been informed that a warmer version will be available from the 1 November.
Elsewhere the Flashlight Tights have a zip at the ankles and silicone grippers. The reflective detailing is plentiful with hexagonal detailing on the thighs and back of the knee, on the ankle zips and just above the bum. dhb has used 3M Scotchlite reflective prints so when you have these on, you literally POP!
As much as I wanted to love every aspect of these tights, I did have one minor gripe. The stitching around the chamois comes down a little low on my upper thigh which caused a little bit of discomfort. The chamois itself is great – not too bulky. While the stitching issue is not quite enough to prevent me from wearing them on my five mile commute, I know it would become an issue if my commute was any longer.
A super flattering tight that looks as good on the bike as off it. And boy does that reflective detailing pop.
The stitching issue on the chamois makes this tight a good choice as opposed to a great one. It might also be a little on the light side for those super chilly winter days.
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