dhb Ladies Vaeon Reflex Bib Tight

 

The dhb Ladies Vaeon Reflex bib tight is a fleecy bib tight with a high tech pad and over-sized reflective prints to help you stay safe in murky winter weather or your daily commute.

 

dhb vaeon reflex bib tight

 

The thing that really makes the dhb Vaeon Reflex bib tight stand out from the crowd is the large 3M reflective prints on outer thigh and calf.  These work with reflective inserts in the seams to give a good area of reflective material that is very effective at catching the light – certainly more than any other longs we have tested.  So, if you want to be higher vis (and who on a bike wouldn’t?), these are the longs for you.

 

The dhb Vaeon Reflex bib tights are made from 235g Roubaix fabric, which has a wonderful fleecy lining that traps an insulating layer of air between yourself and the elements.  So far we have been spared the really cold weather of previous years, but we have worn these tights in sub-zero temperatures and found them toasty warm and, critically, breathable in all the right places as well – it can be easy to forget just how much you are sweating when it is really cold!  The breathability and overall temperature management is helped by the use of a mesh panel in the back of the bib, which helps to vent out sweat, without any additional wind chill on the body.

 

The body of the bib is cut to give coverage chest area, so it gives some additional warmth against the cold to your core section.  We liked the generous zip, which tucks away into its own port, and the wide bib straps, which ensure there was no feeling of cutting in.  There is no doubt that bibs are a serious hassle if you need to take a comfort break, but for us the extra protection you get on the lower back is a trade-off that is well worth the bathroom bother.

 

The Roubaix fabric has a particularly soft feel against the skin and plenty of stretch too, which has allowed dhb to cut these bib longs to be very form fitting, without compromising flexibility or movement on the bike.  The legs are well shaped and made up of enough panels to ensure there is no tugging or pulling.  We felt about as aerodynamic as you can in winter gear and liked that our range of movement was not restricted in any way.

 

The tights have a padded insert from specialist chammy manufacturers CyTec.  The pad is their Performance insert, which dhb suggest is good enough for a two hour ride or a 30 mile each way commute.  We would disagree, we have worn them for rides of up to three hours and found the level of comfort was definitely good for this time and perhaps more.  The pad moves well with the body and there is extra cushioning just where you need it, so it’s not too bulky and there is definitely no chafing either.  However, if you want more protection, you can move up to the dhb Vaeon Roubaix tights with the Giro pad, or even the dhb Vaeon Zero which have the top of the range Tour HP pad, which we are also testing.

 

The legs are generous in length and finished with light weight foot loops that keep everything in place, but most importantly we were not aware of them at all once we were on the bike.

 

Always great value for money, even with the small (£15) premium you pay for the high vis features, the dhb Ladies Vaeon Reflex Bib Tights are a great choice for winter riding and particularly for commuters.

 

Sizes: 8-16

Colour: Black with high vis logos

Price: £64.99

Website: www.wiggle.co.uk dhb ladies vaeon reflex tight

 

Performance: 8/10

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

 

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