dhb Ladies Vaeon Zero Padded Bib Tights

 

The dhb Vaeon Zero Padded bib tights are the warmest winter tights in the dhb range, using heavier Roubaix fabric, combined with windproof and water resistant panels.  They also boast dhb’s top of the range Tour pad for added comfort.

 

dhb Ladies Vaeon Zero Padded Bib Tights

 

The second you slip the dhb Vaeon Zero bib tights on, you will feel like a femme fatale! These tights fit the female form beautifully, it’s what dhb call “anatomical form fit” and we can confirm they are just like a second skin – definitely performance fit and about as flattering as a bib tight can ever be.  If you are concerned that this means they might be tight and unforgiving, don’t be, the 235g Thermoroubaix Lycra offers four way stretch, so they move really well with the body and are extremely comfortable.

 

The slightly thicker, fleecy Roubaix fabric feels really soft and traps a layer of air next to the body, which gives it excellent insulating properties, but it is the windproof and water resistant panels that really set these bib tights apart from the others in the range.  These panels cover the front facing parts of the legs, protecting the quads, knees and upper shins, and they make the long rides in freezing cold weather bearable. Our tester reported that there was almost no wind chill penetrating the legs, even on the coldest days, and she particularly liked the added protection over her knees. They also have the added advantage of repelling water, so you can happily splash through puddles or ride in light rain without feeling wet and miserable.

 

We have really put these tights through their paces, testing them in the coldest conditions of the winter and we found them deliciously warm.  Crucially though, they were also great at wicking away sweat, even when we had really piled on the layers to keep warm.

 

dhb have done a great job with the bib section, which covers all of the core body and is held together with a substantial zip, that tucks away into its own little port.  You feel nicely wrapped up and there is absolutely no chance of a chill on the lower back area.  Thoughtfully, the bib has been put together to include a mesh panel which covers the upper chest, runs under the arms and then from the mid back, up the spine, in a narrow panel and this really optimises the breathability just where you need it most. 

 

There is no scrimping on the bib straps either, they are extra wide and very comfortable, whatever your position on the bike. 

 

The pad is the best that dhb offer and is good for the longest winter rides.  Designed by CyTech, the Tour pad is multi density – to give more padding where you need it – but without being too bulky, and it is elastic enough to move with the rider without any hint of chafing.

 

Overally, we found the sizing to be spot on and the legs are finished with light-weight foot loops, that are snug fitting and keep everything in place, without any rucking up when you put your shoes on.

 

There are reflective strips on the rear of each calf, as well as reflective logos on the bum and lower right leg, although these were starting to come off after a few washes.  If being seen is priority for you, then the Vaeon Reflex reviewed here might be the better option for you.

 

We found the dhb Vaeon Zero bib tights a really warm option and we appreciated the upgraded pad as well.  If you refuse to let the weather get the better of you this winter, these are a great pair of tights that will keep you comfortable and represent excellent value for money as well.

 

Sizes: 8 to 16

Colour: Black

Price: £89.99 (but just £62.99 at the time of publishing in Feb 2013)

Website:  www.wiggle.co.uk - dhb ladies vaeon zero padded bib tight

 

Performance: 9/10         

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Emma Sainsbury-Munn

 

 

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