Product Test: GIESSEGI Redoute Bibtights
Its mid October we have stopped wearing shorts and reluctantly got the winter wardrobe out again, autumn is here with winter just around the corner. Whether on the daily commute or out getting the miles in, Bibtights are essential part of that wardrobe, protecting the knees, keeping the cold at bay and ensuring there are no excuses to miss a ride. Made in Italy from Carvico's Vuelta four way stretch fleece-backed fabric with doubled-stitched flat seams for durability, Giessegi Redoute Bibtights offer comfort and function at an affordable £59.95. A mesh back affords some breathability and the high density ergonomic pad (chamois) is lined with coolmax, fast drying high-tech fabric. But enough of the blurb, how did they perform? Pretty good actually, well fitted, smart looking, as smart as plain black can be anyway, the Vuelta fabric has that familiar "Roubaix" feel! The reflective, lateral knee panels a neat, practical touch, the reflective logo on the rear, too small and on the left (wrong) side, less so.
The strikingly coloured ergonomic seat pad, as it is called, is not too bulky and like all chamois, improves after a few washes, the pair we have been using were comfortable from the start. The braces and feet stirrups are made from a thinner fabric and felt a bit too lightweight at the "points of stress" for our liking, can they stand up to the rigours of winter riding? Indeed, we have yet to subject them to the real winter weather, we will find out in the next few months and report back but we already know they will get plenty of use.
For: Price, Good value autumn/winter/early spring kit. Ideal for daily commute and midweek training rides.
Against: Lightweight braces & stirrups, would we wear them for 5 hours in January? Probably not. (but we will)
Giessegi Redoute Bibtights Available from Prendas Ciclismo HERE