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The Cannondale Performance 2 Printed Bib Tights are solid performers in cold weather, but they aren't particularly water-resistant and the lack of technical features seems to make the price rather steep.
There's little to go on from Cannondale's website, but what I can tell you is that the Performance 2 tights are: mostly black, comfortable, and good for maybe 5-15°C, depending on how warm you run. I can also tell you that they don't have: zips, silicone grippers, foot loops, or waterproof or windproof panels.
That's not to say they aren't good bib tights for cold rides – far from it. I used them both on and off-road, from one to three hours, and forgot I was wearing them. The Save chamois pad didn't feel too large or too thin, and didn't bunch or move around.
The shoulder straps were just the right length to hold everything in place (I tested a medium, I'm 6ft tall, 73kg, longish in the body with a 35in inseam, if you ask). The totally non-tech leg-ends stayed in place over my merino socks.
The tights never felt baggy or restrictive, probably down to being made from over a dozen separate panels, so each would be doing its particular job to keep it close-fitting. As every seam is flatlock stitched there was no chance of any irritation.
The thermal fabric is all below the waist, so if you need your kidneys/lower back keeping warm, these aren't the tights you're looking for.
So what you have are tights that perform so well you forget they're on, and don't rely on a single bell or whistle that might wear out/fall off/break. The branding is limited to the word 'Cannondale' split between the inner thighs (okay, bit odd that – but you can buy a non-printed version), a 'C' on the left buttock and each ankle, and 'Save' behind the right knee.
Trouble is, £120 can get you some pretty tricked-out tights these days, and it would be fair to say that the £80 Dhb ASV Roubaix Bib Tight recently reviewed meet or exceed the performance of the Cannondale Performance 2s; the 30g of weight saved is probably down to the Cannondales not using zips at the ankles.
If you're a huge Cannondale fan, have the cash and want the kit to match the bike, the Performance 2 won't disappoint you on cooler/drier but not icy/soaking wet rides. But there are others with more features at better prices elsewhere.
Fundamentally good tights for cooler days, but for the cash you might expect a greater range of usability
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cannondale Performance 2 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?
Bib tights for Cannondale fans who don't need wet-weather or deep-cold protection.
Thermal fabric strategically placed where you need it.
Great thermal performance at an even better price.
Textured thermal fabric keeps you warm and comfortable
Performance level bib tight with our new Save chamois.
Subtle reflective detailing for night time safety.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Basic brushed fabric, flatlocked seams throughout.
Flatlocked seams throughout – very well put together.
I was happy in these on 5-15°C rides, on drier days.
After a month of washes they still look good.
For me, they were spot on. The multi-panel construction works very well.
Spot on. Which for my height/weight is a rare thing - it shouldn't be, but it is.
For the stated temp ranges, very comfy.
This is where I have to mark them down – £120 is a a lot of cash, especially as they lack wind/waterproofing.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well - no complaints, didn't feel restricted in comfort or performance.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Lack of water/windproofness - for £120 I'd want a greater range of usability in temperature or precipitation.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No - I'd go for the Dhb ones and spend the £40 saved on something else.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they were looking for tights to match their Evo6.
Use this box to explain your score
The Performance 2s win on weight, fit and looks, but lose out on price and lack of weatherproofing.
About the tester
I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: club rides, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking and Dutch bike pootling