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Great bibs for a range of temperatures and weather conditions, backed up with excellent UK build quality
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Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights
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If you want a pair of tights that'll protect you from pretty much everything the winter can throw at you, then the Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights are a very good option. Thermal, water repellent, with a comfortable pad and blocks of subtle reflectives, they're ideal for dark, dank rides throughout the off season.

  • Pros: Loads of reflectives, great fit
  • Cons: Foot loops not for everyone, noticeable seams at knee

On first inspection the Lusso tights felt quite bulky thanks to their thermal fabric, so I was expecting some restriction of movement compared to my current favourites, the Shutt VR Team bibs that I reviewed back in November. Thankfully that wasn't the case. The Lusso Termicos fit brilliantly and feel absolutely great when on.

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The fabric itself has a brushed finish which sits next to the skin to keep you warm, and to protect vulnerable knees from the cold this area is double skinned at the front. The only slight issue is that you have a seam running around the top and bottom of the knee panel that's quite pronounced. I never found that they irritated, but every so often they were noticeable when riding.

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - knee detail.jpg

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - knee detail.jpg

The rear panels incorporate Lusso's NiteLife reflective detailing, used on various pieces of kit throughout the company's winter range. It incorporates a reflective thread woven into the material, which leaves a close-knit collection of dots. In daylight they just look like a dark grey but in the dark when hit by car headlights they shine bright silver as they bounce the light back. Being such a large block and on a constantly revolving piece of your body, their movement is very effective at catching the eye.

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Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - reflective.jpg

You also get extra reflectives on the calves, plus the logos.

As well as the thermal properties of the fabric used for the lower half of the tights, it also has a decent level of water resistance. Light rain, fog, road spray all bead off until the fabric gets overwhelmed, which usually happens if the rain is heavy or very prolonged. You stay warm, though, so it's not a big issue.

Up top, the bib straps are a lightweight mesh. This is soft against the skin and they are wide enough as they pass over the shoulder to avoid irritation. You get plenty of coverage over your stomach, which I prefer to the dropped fronts you find on some Italian kit. I find it more comfortable and warmer.

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - straps.jpg

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - straps.jpg

The panel positioning and cut of the Termicos is very good, and ideal for those who like to spend time in a racy position. They aren't super-tight but there is a slight compression feel, and they are quite a flattering fit too.

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - riding.jpg

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - riding.jpg

A lot of people don't like loops as a form of retention at the foot and normally I'm one of them; if they are bulky it can create a hot spot between the sole of your foot and a firm carbon fibre shoe. Lusso has managed to keep them very thin, so no issues here.

The pad is claimed to be comfortable for six hours in the saddle, and while I haven't managed that in one sitting I have done a few four-hour treks and back-to-back days wearing them, with no issues. The padding is firm without being bulky, and although there isn't the usual plethora of channels and varying densities of foam, I had no issues with numbness.

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - back.jpg

Lusso Thermico Repel Bibtights - back.jpg

The pad is double-stitched to stop it moving around and also incorporates carbon in its construction as an antibacterial barrier.

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A price tag of £95 for a pair of bib tights of this quality is very acceptable I'd say, and the Termicos stack up well against the Shutt VRs I've already mentioned, as well as the Kalf Thermal bib tights, in terms of performance, weight and comfort. 

Bear in mind they are handmade in Manchester, and looking at the quality of the stitching and overall finish, they are well worth the money.

In conclusion, I'd say the Termicos are an excellent choice for the winter, especially if you ride in the dark a lot too. The fabric works right down below freezing, it's pretty breathable, and the comfort levels are brilliant.

Verdict

Great bibs for a range of temperatures and weather conditions, backed up with excellent UK build quality

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Bib tights designed for cold winter rides thanks to thermal and water-repellent fabrics. Reflective panels at the rear are great for visibility too.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

From Lusso:

* Thermal

* Water Repellent

* Breathable

* Double skinned at the knee for extra protection from the elements

* NiteLife reflective panels at the rear

* Footloops

* Anatomical Fit

* Carbon 6 hour comfort pad

* Made in Manchester

* Temp range -2*c to 15*c

* Machine Washable

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
9/10

Lusso products always seem to offer a genuine UK style fit rather than having to size up like you do with EU brands.

Rate the product for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

Any road spray and mud washed off fine on the recommended 30 degrees wash.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Absolutely great at keeping the wind out, plus the reflective panels are very noticeable to following motorists.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The seams top and bottom of the knee panel are noticeable at times.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Another great product from Lusso focusing on a great fit, impressive performance against the elements and top notch reflectives, all at a sensible price.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.

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Freddy56 [320 posts] 5 months ago
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Looks class. I have their old Repel tights. The 'repel' lasts 2 washes... so don't buy them for their water shedding qualities, buy them for their great fit and durability.

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Wafty Crank [20 posts] 5 months ago
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Freddy56 wrote:

Looks class. I have their old Repel tights. The 'repel' lasts 2 washes... so don't buy them for their water shedding qualities, buy them for their great fit and durability.

I was out in my Nitelife Repel this morning and the repel was still working fine (2.5 hours of snow and road spray). Agree with the other two points, though, and there's no danger of feeling any chill in them.