Alé Solid Bib tights

 

Alé Solid bib tights are great value and warm, with a brushed fleece lining and a quality pad that together offer excellent comfort on long winter rides.

 

Ale Solid bib tights

 

To the casual observer it might look like Alé have fairly burst onto the cycling scene, announcing their arrival with some seriously loud colour options and going from 0 to 60 in no time at all, but actually the parent company, APG, has been making technical clothing for over 30 years.  The brand Alé (pronounced like ‘allez’, the French word for go) was launched in 2013 and is already huge in Europe.

 

With so many clothing companies choosing Asia to manufacture their kit, it is surprising to learn that Alé have kept production exclusively in Italy and source most of their fabrics locally too.  It is a decision that can only add cost into the process but the pay off in quality should be significant and it was one of the many reasons we were keen to try some of their kit.

 

So when the Alé Solid Bib Tights and PRR 2.0 Strada Jersey landed at Bike Envy we got straight to work testing them and since then the British winter weather has done its bit and thrown everything it has at us to ensure we really put them through their paces.

 

It is worth noting that the Alé Solid bib tights are the entry level women’s bib tights in a range with eight options, priced from £90 to £165.  They are made from a warm Roubaix fabric with a brushed fleece lining which traps air against the skin and adds to the warmth, whilst also being nicely breathable.

 

The fabric Alé have used for their Solid bib tights is very stretchy, so you can enjoy a close fit with no bunching up of fabric around the waste area and no restriction of movement either.  We have found that some less stretchy fabrics have pulled over our knees on every pedal stroke – not a nice sensation and after three or more hours on the road it’s a cause for real concern.  The fit and feel of these bibs however did not cause any such grief and we really could enjoy being on the bike and banking the miles!

 

The bib straps are also made from the warm Roubaix fabric at the front and they cover the tummy area adding much appreciated extra warmth to the core body, before splitting to form classic bib straps, which are wide enough not to cut in to the shoulders and which we found stayed perfectly in place – in fact, once on we did not give them a second thought, which is just as it should be.  The back panel is cut to sit comfortably between the shoulder blades and is made from a very lightweight, breathable fabric that helps move moisture away from the body to keep you dry.

 

The overall design of the Alé Solid bib tights is quite simple and there are no stirrups or zips at the ankle either.  Instead Alé have used silicone strips around bottom edge of the legs and in our testing this worked well to keep everything in place.

 

We reckon these bibs would be good for all but the coldest or wet days and the pad was excellent with no comfort issues on rides of up to three hours. Our feeling was that the Alé Solid bib tights would be good for rides that were longer than that but at this stage in our winter training our legs did not want to test the theory.

 

Alé have included some reflective inserts at the ankles but in truth we would prefer a little extra visibility, perhaps through the use of high vis colours around the lower legs in particular, but the all-black design does mean that these bibs will coordinate well with every winter jersey or jacket you already own.

 

The Alé Solid bib tights are a great bit of kit that will get you through all but the worst of the winter – well designed, great fitting and warm, with a quality chammy and all at a price that will put a smile on your face too.

 

Sizes: XS to XXL

Colour: Black with pink highlights

Price: £90.00

Website:  https://aleclothing.com/women/440116-ale-solid-bibtights-black-fluo-pink-w.html

 

Performance: 8.5/10     

Value for money: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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