I finally had the chance to put these winter tights to the test recently and they performed perfectly. They were just what I have been looking for. They are very stretchy (not always true with thermals) and have great compression. Everything was up to what I have come to expect from RedWhite. They kept me nice and warm on my rides. One ride was below 25F (-4C) and these were perfect when I was in the sun but I probably could have used another layer to keep me warm in the shade. They are a definite must-have. For reference I am 6’2” (1.88m) and 215lbs (97kg) and the XL is perfect. I saw another review from someone my size who went with a 2XL, and I could imagine that would also work for me. The XL definitely did the trick for me though. The legs are plenty long enough, which I was worried about.
I love these tights!
The material feels great against my skin, keeps me warm, and fits great. The chamois keeps me comfortable for hours-long rides, so I'm a happy customer!
I waited a month or so before posting this so that I could test them under various weather and riding conditions. I am primarily a road rider/racer, but also do some gravel biking.
Simply put: these are fantstic cycling tights regardless of price (but a great bargain as well). BUY THEM !! For more details, read on:
The fit I am 6'2" and 160lbs (188cm / 72kg) and size L fits perfectly. I usually take XL in my usual bike brands, but according to the fit page and also Yuva's advice, I went for the L and it is a good fit - enough compression with no bunching, yet easy to get on and off. I should add that Yuva's personal accessibility and knowledge were exemplary; a rarity in today's world..!! The material is quite stretchy and there are no bunching issues in the usual spots such as the inside hip joint/groin when the legs flex upward. Altogether they are very comfortable in every riding position - relaxed or aero. I discovered that pulling them on, it is best to roll up each leg first, rather than pull up from the waist as this might distort the fabric over time. I'm not sure that the cuff zipper is necessary, given the stretch in the fabric, but the zips have stops so they can never come open by themselves. Overall this is a wonderfully designed garment from the ergonomic and comfort standpoint.
The chamois: The pad is an ingenious multi-layered design, which does its job supremely well. At first blush, walking around the house, it seemed that the pad was a bit bulky, but as soon as I got on the bike it virtually disappeared - no binding or feeling like I'm wearing a big diaper. The main job of the pad of course is moisture control, and this was superbly handled even in the most energetic of workouts. I never felt any chaffing or 'squishiness' due to perspiration.. The pad is not there to give comfort or compensate for a bad bike fit or saddle, but for those looking to relieve pressure points, this pad is quite generous in that sense, yet I never lost the feeling of contact with my bike at all. Full marks for the chamois as most makers really fall short in this area, which can make or break a quality garment, not to mention destroy a bike ride. My favourite (Swiss) shorts maker has been evolving their chamois repeatedly over the past 20 years that I have used them, and Red White seems to have hit the nail on the head with no complaints. BRAVO !!
The fabric: The most difficult job of cool and cold weather cycling clothing is to wick away moisture while still keeping the heat in; a very delicate balance. Most jackets and tights have various wind blocking areas in front combined with more perforated areas in underarms or back to carry away moisture. At first I was concerned that there are no wind-block panels in these tights and thought they might be too chilly on quick rides in the cold, but not so. The fleecy nature of the fabric forms a good insulation layer against the skin, and yet seems to draw moisture away efficiently so there is never any temperature transfer due to convection. It seems that the outer 'skin' is enough of a wind/cold barrier, yet lets enough air pass to the inner layer for evaporation, but not through to the rider's skin. Brilliant ! These tights are best used between 5 and 16 degrees Celsius (40-60F), depending on the workout exertion, wind speed, etc. - quite a wide range really. I have ridden with them as cold as minus 4 and also warmer than +16, but this is beyond the 'comfort zone' of this piece. I also tried using a light nylon overpant at -6 deg on a gravel-bike ride and I was totally comfortable. So some layering options can be explored for extreme conditions.
All in all, this is a wonderful cycling tight, I can think of no negatives. Every functional aspect seems to have been thoroughly thought out and the manufacturing (fabric, stitching, etc.) is of the highest quality, at least on a par with the best in the industry, some of which cost 2 or 3 times as much as these tights. This is the first product I have used from RedWhite, but I will be ordering my summer shorts from them this season. based on the quality of these tights. Thank you, Yuva !
These are really comfortable and my new favorite bibs. Living in the Pacific NW, I have been enjoying the extra coverage and thickness now that temperatures are dropping on my rides. I am between 6' and 6'1" tall and about 205 lbs. The 2XL winter bib fits great.
I live on the West Coast of Canada. Riding here in the winter means dealing with cool temperatures (typically 2-8°C) and lots of rain. On the coldest and wettest days the Winter Bib Tights have exceeded my expectations. I own other tights and they don't compare. Even when riding while wet, I have stayed warm. I really appreciate how the material through the upper bib, and the fit through the low back and kidneys, contribute to keeping the body core warm. Although I haven't yet ridden in sub-zero temperatures, I am confident these Tights will be more than up to the task. On the flip side, I won't wear these Tights if I am going out on a hard (shorter) ride and the temperature is 10°C+ - I get too hot. The fit: I am 5'7" / 75kg and purchased large. Although the legs are a touch long (I expected this), I very happy with the fit and all-day riding comfort of the tights. I also own a pair of the latest Cargo Bib Shorts (size L) and the fit is comparable. I have other brands of bib shorts, but when I get ready for a ride, I reach first for my Cargo Shorts or these Tights. No other manufacturer can match the comfort, utility, customer service, and value of R&W bibs.
Have purchased 4 bibs...this is my first winter bib. Very pleased with fit quality and value. Highly recommended. Dm
Comfy, warm. Ride these in just above freezing temps up to ~50F. Same great quality as other RW shorts. Keep up the great work.
Excellent fit and very comfortable. I was worried being overdressed while climbing but they were perfect
Really happy you like these. The Winter Bib Tights are incredibly versatile because of the fabric choice. I'm discontinuing the thermal bibshorts (The BIB Thermal) because if you buy The Winter Tights, you don't need them. Pairing thermal bibs with leg warmers is combination that easily replaced with good quality tights that can handle a wide range of temperatures.
I’m 6’5” 215 lbs with really long legs, and was hesitant to purchase these because I was pretty confident they would be too short. They fit perfect(size XXL) all the way to my ankle. Wore for the first time on a 40 degree F ride and stayed warm the whole time. With these tights I should be able to get an extra month or two of outdoor riding before I have to hit the trainer.
I have tried a few different bibs at this point and I can honestly say these are the best ones I own… I have the short bibs and the winter bibs and both fit impeccably and are extremely comfortable.