Review: Sportful Diva Bibtight

Perfect for winter and spring riding.

I have no internal thermostat. I’m either boiling hot or freezing cold. This is challenging when you cycle, especially in the winter when conditions can be changeable. Often, I find myself our riding in shorts when my friends are in thermals so when I was asked to try out these Sportful Diva Bib Tights, I was a little apprehensive. How long was it going to take before I overheated?

I was patiently waiting for the thermometer to drop below zero before I could get the ‘divas’ out, which is usually when I could justify wearing thermal lined tights however, impatience got the better of me so at a rather toasty 7 degrees C I decided to take the tights out for a spin. I should not have worried.

The Sportful Diva Bibtights are not only great to look at, they keep you warm when the temperature drops. Plus, I did not overheat when I picked the pace up and did some hill climbing. They are made with a product called Thermodrytex which is a unique fleece backed breathable material, designed to keep you warm and dry. In short, these tights will keep you warm and dry during the colder winter months.

Review: Sportful Diva Bibtight

If you are not used to bib tights, these are a bit like a full body suit, with a mesh back and a front zip making them nice an easy to put on and take off.

I’m 172cms and usually wear a 10/12 so a medium is almost always the perfect size for me –these bibs did appear a bit short on the body section. That said, once I was riding I hardly noticed this.

The chamois is like sitting on a padded throne instead of a saddle – perhaps my old shorts really do need replacing – or perhaps I have spent a little too many hours this year cycling in my tri gear, but wow, 10/10 for comfort. Sportful are quick to promote the key features of the chamois with padding up to 10mm, 4-way stretch, special “press to finish" edges to prevent chafing as well as polygene bacteriostatic treatment to help with hygiene (very important)

In summary, if you are looking for a decent quality, good looking pair of bib tights for winter, you could not go far wrong with these and priced at £105, they sit nicely in the middle of the market.

Pro

- Breathability.

Con

– slightly short in the body.

Weight: 280g.

Price: £94.99 (RRP £105.00), available from Sportful.

Sizes: S,M,L, XL.

What the brand says:

“A long-distance bibtight made for cool and mostly dry conditions – exactly the conditions when you’ll do most of your winter riding."