As ZWIFT and Peloton become more common, there is no reason for cyclists to brave cold weather. For this reason, I refused to develop a pair of Winter Bib Tights for years. I even wrote a blog post about this in December 2019.
However, a large number of customers wrote in, asking for a RedWhite Winter Bib Tight for the better weather winter days. So, I took a crack at making one. I think you'd be very pleased with what I came up with.
Polar Bear Fur Inspired Thermal Lycra
This winter bib tight uses a lycra that is inspired by polar bear's fur. The fabric is woven using yarn that is hollow. A polar bear's fur has hairs that are similarly hollow.
The hollow yarns contain air which is an excellent insulator. The same principle is used in double pane windows. The air prevents too much heat from escaping your body, keeping you warm while you brave the cold. The air yarns also keeps the fabric light.
The downside of this insulation is that you can overheat in temperatures above 10 deg C (50 deg F). If you want to stay warm when it's not super cold, consider getting the less toasty RedWhite Thermal Bibshort.
Soft on-skin Feel, Water & Wind Resistant
This thermal lycra has brushed fleece on the inside and a smooth finish on the outside. The brushed inner fleece provides you with a soft on-skin feel that feels light and warm.
This fabric has a hydrophobic treatment and will repel light rain and road spray. The yarns are also tightly woven, resulting in a wind resistant fabric.
Do note that this is not 100% waterproof or 100% windproof fabric. Only rigid shell fabrics can offer this level of weather protection. The weather resistant nature of this fabric will keep the elements away long enough for you to get home.
How it Keeps you Dry
As you ride, you will sweat. This thermal lycra is designed to quickly pull sweat away from you keep you dry. This is achieved by using Polyamide fibres on the outer fabric layer and Polyester on the inside.
Polyamide on the outside of the fabric and Polyester on the inside against the skin allows sweat to evaporate. Polyester yarn has a low hygroscopicity, that absorbs little water, while the polyamide yarn has a hygroscopicity that’s 3x higher. The difference of hygroscopicity between the two fibres quickly transports moisture to the outside of the fabric.
Your body stays dry and comfortable.
Cut Long with Ankle Zippers
This Winter Bib Tight is cut long enough to cover your ankle. This was designed in response to customers who complained about bib tights that exposed a portion of their shin to the cold wind.
The ends are hemmed with silicone. Ankle zippers make it easy to wear. The zippers have a lock-function. This prevents them from tapping your leg with every pedal stroke. They stay in place once you've zipped them down.
Similar Fit to our Bibshorts
To keep sizing consistent across all of RedWhite's products, this winter bib-tight is based on the bibshorts. A lower leg portion was added and tailored well to create a beautifully body hugging garment.
Special attention was given to the calf and ankle dimensions. I wanted this to compress and hug a wide range of ankle and calf sizes. It fits riders with slim and muscular lower legs equally well.
The thermal lycra does most of the heavy lifting. It's stretchy, warm and light, allowing it to move well with your body.
The Winter Bib Tight is available in Men's & Women's models.