So the clocks have gone back and the weather has started to decline. We are not fully into winter yet but you are probably wanting something to give you a little bit of extra warmth. I have always preferred the combination of shorts and leg warmers, even in the colder months. This is because I like the ability to moderate my temperature. For me a good pair of bib shorts are a must.
The Rapha Pro Team Thermal Bib Short are not your standard bibs, the combination of Lycra and the Thermoroubaix fleece inner definitely keep you toasty. Even though they are thicker than your normal summer shorts they do not restrict you; which ever position you ride in. They feature the new top-spec Cytech pad, and I must say; it is very pleasant indeed! The legs are slightly longer to give you a bit a of extra warmth in the winter months, which is a feature I really like.
They are great fit, and I experienced no problems or discomfort wearing them all day on long rides. As they are fleece lined I thought that they may get a bit warm when climbing, but I am pleased to report this was not the case. The dense mesh back gives additional warmth and breathability, again this was not too hot when climbing and kept me feeling quite snug especially on descents. There are a number of features that really add to the feel and comfort, a brushed inner, flat lock stitching on the outside, overlocked inseam and the panelled construction ensures they fit perfectly.
Aesthetically they are…well to put it simply; gorgeous! It is no secret that Rapha gear is expensive, though I am a true believer of paying more for quality products that stand the test of time. These are a tough and robust pair of bibs that I am sure will serve me well for the years to come. For me cycle clothing and equipment is not purely about function. Obviously I like things to perform amazingly; though the look is also really important, especially if I am to part with a fair chunk of cash. I like the way my bike both rides and looks so my clothing needs to mirror that.
I think these bibs are worth every penny, some may think that €220.00 is a tad excessive for some shorts but when you are clocking up the miles on bike probably cost a fair bit then it makes sense to have a short that will keep you happy for the duration of the ride. Rapha have always been known for high quality and perfect styling; they have certainly continued that trend with these bibs. Highly recommended!