Funkier's S-984W Winter Aqua Repellent unpadded bib tights are comfortable, warm and keep you dry in lighter rain, though torrential downpours will see some water getting through.
The tights are made from a microfleece fabric that's 80% polyamide and 20% Lycra. As the name of the tights suggests, it's designed to repel water, and it works to a large extent – depending on how heavy the rainfall is.
The legs, body and straps are all made from the same material, with the whole garment stitched together from smaller panels to ensure a comfortable fit. Because of the high cut at the front Funkier has used a black flatlock zip to make toilet stops easier. I did have to close this zip at the end of several rides, which was a bit annoying, but it wasn't noticeable while riding and didn't cause the shoulder straps to slide down.
Each ankle is secured with a large elasticated band, with a zip allowing easy entry. The ankle zips are also covered with reflective strips, improving visibility in the dark.
To be honest, I've always thought unpadded bib tights just created additional washing and generally meant you'd slide around on two pieces of Lycra, but the great thing about them is you can wear your favourite shorts underneath without getting them covered in mud/winter road grime. Even better with these Funkier tights, where it does touch the skin the microfleece material is soft and very comfortable, and the high back and front ensured that I stayed covered at all times, even when wearing a slightly short winter jersey.
The water-repellent material certainly helped driving rain bounce off rather than soak in; compared with my usual tights there was noticeably less water soaking in and bypassing my overshoes to fill my shoes during wet rides. Even during Storm Abigail's visit, the tights kept me warm enough, providing plenty of wind resistance as well as protection against the rain.
Overall these are reasonably priced bib tights that do what they're designed to. The fit is comfortable, even with my long upper body and short legs, and ensures that you remain warm during cool and wet conditions. The only downside is that front zip creeping down during two to three-hour rides, but it wasn't something I noticed until after I'd finished.
A very good pair of bib tights that'll help you keep on cycling comfortably in bad weather
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Funkier S-984W Aqua Repellent Bib Tights
Size tested: Medium, Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Funkier says: "Winter Lycra water-repellant microfleece fabric allows you to ride comfort and dry for longer periods at cool and wet conditions."
Roughly translated, it's saying its water-repellent bib tights are comfortable and suitable for cool and wet weather.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*SG6 Grippers ensure the tights stay in place
*Self-lock Nylon zipper on front and legs for comfort and safety
*Reflective strips for visibility and safety
*Composition: 80% Polyamide, 20% Lycra
Seem well made, apart from the front zip opening up after about 30 minutes on test rides.
Good so far, but the soft material could easily be damaged by Velcro overshoes so take care there.
The fabric feels light and comfortable even after hours in the rain.
A very good mid range product.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
These bib tights kept me feeling comfortable and warm on rides for up to five hours. The microfleece fabric feels soft on your skin and the SG6 grippers ensure that nothing creeps up as you ride. Even if you have larger calf muscles, the zips are easy to pull up and down and there was no sign of them unzipping during the ride.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
After hours of cycling in the rain the fabric didn't feel any heavier and there was much less water tracking its way down into my cycling shoes than normal.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The front zip kept opening up during the ride.
Did you enjoy using the product? I would happily use the Funkier tights on a daily basis.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Funkier has produced a very good product at a competitive price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Surly Cross-check My best bike is: Cipollini Bond
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, I'll give anything a go