Santini Coral Bib Tights
Like the jersey, the key fabric on these bibs is a soft thermofleece that stretches nicely to provide a fit that’s snug without being restrictive.
Though the guideline temperatures top out at 5 degrees, I wore these in conditions over 10 degrees without overheating, and I’ve worn them as low as 3-5 degrees and stayed warm.
It’s the upper body design that is most interesting in these Coral bib tights. And if you’re at all fashion conscious on the bike you might find yourself feeling that you simply can’t have the bibs without the jersey.
The upper body on the front is made from a breathable mesh fabric, that extends right over the chest, providing an in-built base layer that adds warmth without causing you to feel over dressed.
The rear of the bibs, however, features a low back. This is in keeping with the way most winter jerseys will feature added wind protection over the chest, and breathablity on the back where most people find they get a little sweaty.
- Thermofleece fabric, mesh upper, low back
- Reflective details at ankles
- Colours: Yellow/Green, Red/Orange, Pink/Purple
- Sizes: XXS – 3XL
- RRP: £99.99
The design is ideal in terms of breathability and temperature regulation. It’s also nice as it allows you to undo the jersey zip even to your waist, without flashing way more than you wanted (though this is really something we appreciate more in summer kit designed for climing mountains).
My only critcism is that this leaves your back exposed. Many riders like to wear a base layer – even in winter – to wick sweat and also provide an extra layer of fabric to act as a buffer against road rash in the event of a crash. These bibs provide a ‘base layer’ front, but no base layer rear coverage. Whether you decide to give yourself a double layer at the front, or accept having no coverage at the back, is up to you.
As is probably obvious, there’s no ‘easy pee stop’ feature. I did find this a bit annoying when heading out for a ride, and it makes mid-ride stops a bit more of a faff than I’d like. This said, as always I’d favour comfort when riding over ease of peeing so it’s not a deal breaker.
In terms of the chamois, you get an anatomical Gil2 pad with anti-shock gel core and I felt well protected on long and short rides. Rather cleverly, anti-irritation anatomical microfiber wings have been sewn in around the chamois. Rather than the pad meeting directly to the rest of the fabric, there is a gentle graduation with a softer material which avoids chafing.
There are some reflective details on the ankles, as well as a reflective logo on the hip. As per the jersey, I wore a Small and you can get these in black with Yellow/Green, Orange/Red or Pink/Purple upper.
UK RRP £99.99 – see them here, also available via Wiggle here