dhb Aeron Women’s Roubaix Halterneck Tights: The ride
So far, we’ve got a pretty conclusive offering from dhb: warmth, ease of pee, comfort from the chamois and all the extras such as reflectivity and good leg grippers have been taken into account. But how did they perform on the ride?
In terms of protection from the elements, these tights had me covered through the arctic conditions of November. Some more expensive bibtights will have reinforced panels at the thighs for extra warmth, and dhb don’t offer that. This said, Roubaix fabric is renowned for being warm and intensely breathable and performed as expected. I tested a size 8, and the fit was close and comforting – though I can’t see availability of any size smaller than that which makes me wonder if some of my smaller friends might struggle.
The halterneck design did take me by surprise on my first ride. I pulled the bibs on, expecting to jump on the bike and ride away in comfort, only to find myself struggling from the get go. The chamois wasn’t really staying put and I was suffering adverse side effects. It was only a short trip out on my cyclocross bike, so I put up with it at the time.
On my next ride, I paid special attention to the way I put on the tights. Sounds ridiculous, I know. But I carefully made sure I pulled the back of the tights up, so that the waist was as it should be: sitting snuggly on my waist. This instantly felt better and I realised that on the first outing, I’d had the chamois sitting far too low, causing a waddling walk and discomfort on the bike. From then on, I had no issues and rode in comfort.
Whilst it’s almost status quo now for a brand to offer a ‘quick pee stop’ solution when it comes to summer shorts, it seems like most don’t afford the same luxury in winter. It’s likely that this is for the same reason that dhb held back: the extra material means the process becomes more complicated. Though this is understandable, it’s also quite unfortunate because it’s on winter rides that the idea of stripping off your jersey to nestle down in a frosty bush is least appealing. After some research and trial and error – it seems like they’ve cracked it. The solution does however require the user to pull their bibtights up properly before getting on the bike.
dhb Aeron Women’s Roubaix Halterneck Tights: The Verdict
A great new addition to the women’s bibtight market, that allows the same ease of pee that we often get from summer shorts these days. The hole that developed on my first pair was very unfortunate, though the second pair held up well and so I’m inclined to believe the first was a ‘one-off’. dhb would always replace a damaged item so this doesn’t concern me too much. For £80, you’re getting plenty of warmth and comfort, though at higher price points you might find tights with added windproofing or even waterproof panels.
The bibs are available in sizes 8-16, from Wiggle.co.uk.