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A decent pair of bib tights can make a world of difference to comfort levels when riding in cold conditions, and are a worthwhile investment. That said, there's always a hope that it's only going to be a short spell where they'll actually be genuinely necessary, so cost, quality and comfort are always going to be in delicate balance. The Dhb Women's ASV Roubaix Bib Tights successfully manage to deliver the performance and quality of far pricier options and are spot on for long ride comfort.
These are designed for demanding pro-level cyclists, and made from gorgeous fuzzy Italian Super Roubaix fabric. They instantly feel and look a lot more expensive than they actually are. The addition of some colour accents (or grey bits for those who are allergic to colour in their bibs) gives them a bit of a design lift too, an alternative to the more common plain black offering.
There are zips at the rear of the ankles and gripper tape at the bottom, along with a host of reflective bits and pieces all over the place.
The fit and cut of these tights is just right, with plenty of stretch to suit all types of figure – tall or short, curvy or athletically built. The fabric feels extremely comfortable next to the skin and wicks moisture quickly and effectively, helping to maintain a good, stable temperature.
The bib section is a stretchy-around-the-boob affair and features nice broad straps with a mesh panel in the centre of the back to help ventilation a little. The level of stretch in the fabric means the straps are nice and comfortable, and should suit all sizes of bust without feeling overly obtrusive. There were no issues with draughts or any feeling of constriction at all when riding on the drops.
The pad is a high quality female-specific CyTech Endurance chamois. In-the-saddle comfort was high, with the pad being very effective without being bulky.
These tights really don't have any flaws, and are extremely good value for money compared with many more expensive options, particularly during one of Wiggle's sale periods. The balance of warmth and breathability is just right for cooler UK riding conditions, for any distance, no matter what the effort level.
Well designed, good looking and perform superbly. Great value for money
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Dhb Women's ASV Roubaix Bib Tight
Size tested: UK 12
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 designed for cold weather riding comfort and high performance. Aimed at all levels of rider but particularly pro level.
Wiggle says: "Developed with pro team cyclists, dhb ASV Professional is highly technical kit designed for intensive efforts and speed. The new autumn/winter range is an expansion of our highly successful summer collection: this is kit to keep elite level riders and racers on the road all year round, regardless of weather conditions. For top cyclists, the season begins with winter training, long before the first race of spring. ASV Professional is kit for those long days out in challenging conditions, where races are really won and lost."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Italian Super Roubaix brushed fleece fabric for Winter use
Roubaix braces for protection around the belly and kidney areas
Meshed back channel to aid thermal comfort
Italian Super Roubaix Fabric
Elastic leg opening with Silicone grippers
Ankle Zip openings
2 x anthracite reflective dhb logos
2 x anthracite reflective logos on calf for enhanced visibility
CyTech Endurance women's chamois for ultimate low bulk protection
Very well made from high quality fabric and components.
Comfortable and extremely effective.
Good and stretchy and ideal for a variety of body types.
Sizing is spot on, and fabric is quite forgiving too.
Extremely comfortable in terms of warmth and breathability, and in terms of the chamois.
Great value for this sort of quality and superb value in the sale!
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed very well and easily machine washable at 30.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Colour contrast (or grey) accents, comfort, quality, value for money.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Definitely
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Superbly well-designed bib tights at a very affordable price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Boardman Hybrid Fi My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.