The Finchdean bib tights from Wiggle are aimed squarely at winter riders, and will keep you warm through those chilly days in autumn and spring too, making them ideal for commuting, training and early season sportives.
I’ve got thin blood, so in the depths of winter I wear big fat windproof mountain-bike tights, even when I’m out on the road. But once the icy winds disappear around early March, I need something a bit more slim-line, though still nice and warm, and the Finchdeans do just the job.
The Cadence tight is the top non-bib model in the Polaris range. At a penny shy of fifty pounds this is placed in a tough market with many brands fighting it out in the entry-mid range price tag. I am not usually one for non-bib anything but all previous experiences with Polaris leg wear have been positive and the Candence tight offers some great features for the money.
These are good mid-weight longs. The main fabric offers much more warmth than standard Lycra and, although it isn’t as insulating as a deep Thermo-roubaix, windproof knee panels keep the cold air out a treat without noticeably affecting breathability. There’s more windproofing – provided by a polyurethane laminate – at the front of the torso although, under a jersey or jacket, it’s less useful there. You might want more warmth for the really bitter days, but for most off-season conditions these will do the job.