Those winter commutes and long distance road rides can be incredibly uncomfortable and chilly if you're not wearing adequate gear for the job. A high quality pair of insulating tights – wearable on their own or as a thermal layer – are just what you need to ensure your legs stay toasty and your bottom comfy even in the harshest of wintery weathers.
Here are ten best-selling pairs, sure to keep you on the saddle whatever the weather.
1. dhb Ladies Vaeon Reflex Roubaix Padded Waist Tight, £44.99
Perfect for those dreaded cold, dark commutes, dhb Ladies Vaeon Reflex Roubaix Padded Waist Tights feature a fleeced Lycra padded waist for optimum comfort and warmth. The waist sits relatively high to stop air getting in between your tights and jersey and the foot loops work well to stop the legs from riding up. For added peace of mind, reflective prints have been added to make you easier to spot by motorists when you're on the road.
2. Madison Oslow Thermo Women's Tights, £39.99
Great for wearing on their own or as a thermal layer underneath some baggy trousers, the Madison Oslow Thermo Women's Tights are made from snug-fitting fleece backed Italian Lycra to keep the winter chill away. Well-fitting and true to size, the elasticated waist cord enables you to further secure the tights to your perfect fit so they don't slip down whilst you're pedalling. A padded alternative is available too for those in need of extra comfort on their saddle.
3. Altura Women's Night Vision Padded Waist Tights, £49.49
Designed to make you visible during those chilly, dark, winter commutes, Altura Women's Night Vision Padded Waist Tights feature lots of hi-vis reflective trim and prints. The thermal fabric is stretchy as well as toasty and finishes high on the back to prevent the tights from slipping down as you ride. For extra comfort during long distance rides, there is also a layer of moulded foam padding to prevent irritation and saddle sores.
4. Endura Women's Thermolite Tight with Pad, £64.59
Warm, waterproof and incredibly comfy, Endura Women's Thermolite Tight with Pad is ideal for chilly medium to long road rides. Constructed from Thermolite fabric they are both insulating and moveable. The double thickness at the knees provides added support and a removable gel pad in the rear prevents saddle fatigue.
5. Castelli Women's Sorpasso Waist Tights, £81.25
For riding in temperatures as low as zero degrees celsius, the Castelli Women's Sorpasso Waist Tights are a great choice. The high waist band, ankle grippers and shoe cover seal ensure that there are no gaps for air to sneak in as well as securing the tights in place so they don't slip down or up whilst you're in full force. They also have a layer of fleece lining for extra warmth and a padded bum to protect you from chaffing on long rides.
6. Pearl Izumi Symphony Women's Thermal Tights, £44.99
Warm and windproof, Pearl Izumi Symphony Women's Thermal Tights are extremely good value at just £44.99. They come up tight so you are likely to struggle to wear anything underneath them but thanks to the ELITE thermal fleece liner, you probably won't want to anyway. Silicone leg grippers keep them firmly in place and the stretchy fabric is long-lasting and keeps in shape even after numerous washes.
7. Sportful Women's Dream Tight, £39.99
Made from Thermodrytex Plus fabric for terrific comfort and warmth, Sportful Women's Dream Tights are highly breathable, keeping you dry even on intense rides. The seat padding helps protect from saddle sores and the ankle zips allow them to easily be put on and taken off whilst wearing shoes. To get the full Sportful look, a matching jacket is available too.
8. Northwave Women's Vitamine Tights, £44.99
For a flattering fit that doesn't break the bank, try the Northwave Women's Vitamine Tights. Made from stretchy Lombardia fabric, these tights offer complete freedom of movement and the chamois seat pad increases comfort further. They come up a little long so are a fantastic option for tall women.
9. Specialized Dolci Winter Women's Tight, £44.99
Another great buy, the Specialized Dolci Winter Women's Tights are both warm and shower proof. The female-specific fit provides optimum comfort for the rider and the high back keeps them firmly in place whilst in riding position. A padded insert helps to prevent saddle discomfort and reflective elements are great for increasing visibility along dimly lit streets.
10. Mavic Gennaio Women's Tights, £52.93
Well-regarded for their durability, Mavic Gennaio Women's Tights are made from snug Warm Tech fabric offering unrestricted movement whilst cycling. An Ergo 3D Women's Insert is included, perfect for keeping you comfortable throughout long rides and reflective panels help to increase your visibility too.
Would you prefer a pair of bib tights instead? Check out First Impressions: 5 Women's Winter Bib Tights.