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The Endura FS260-Pro Thermo bib tights are not only good value but also offer great protection against the elements, with a new seat pad that lives up to the Scottish company's claims of providing "consistent comfort".
As with many winter shorts and tights, the inside is a brushed fleece-backed fabric which is both warm and comfortable. The material kept me warm on rides down to 4°C. I was also impressed with Endura's PFC-free DWR treatment of the fabric; it resists rain and road spray, which beads on the surface. Heavy rain will find its way through, but a degree of water resistance is always welcome when, here in the UK, a winter ride is rarely entirely dry.
The front of the bibs features a high body extending to almost the rib cage. This helps trap the heat in, and a fly zipper means it's not necessary to strip off when nature calls. The zip is lined and has a padded zip garage at the top, meaning there is no rubbing or discomfort – in fact it was easy to forget there was a zip there at all, just as it should be.
Each leg also features a zipper, making them easy to get on and off. It's so easy in fact that I've been popping them on to warm up in before my winter series races. They also have silicone gripper – preferable, in my opinion, to foot loops that you find on some.
The back of the bib is mesh and also extends most of the way up the back. This again keeps heat in, if sometimes a little too well, leading to some sweating up hard, slow climbs.
At 338g the FS260s are certainly no featherweights, but the protection from the environments is excellent and, I'd say, more than justifies the additional mass. Judging by Liam's review of the 233g dhb Aeron Lab Equinox bib tights, for example, the Enduras are much better suited to those deep winter rides as the temperature approaches zero.
I was also impressed with the 600 series seat pad. I couldn't fault it even on long, grim rides when I was looking for things to criticise! I would even go as far as saying I found it as comfortable as the 700 series seat pad in Endura's more expensive Pro SL bibs – certainly, for me there was no discernible difference. The pad has good but not excessive depth under the sit bones and gel inserts help to distribute pressure during those winter miles. It also features an antibacterial finish.
Endura also offers these Thermo bib tights without the pad for £89.99, as well as a version without the bib, also £89.99, if these are more to your liking.
Although the overall fit of the tights was generally very good, they felt a little less tight around the ankles and bottom of the calves than they did elsewhere. Admittedly my calves aren't huge, but this isn't a problem I get with tights from other brands, such as Castelli, for example. Thankfully, the fit around the quads, the bib and rest of the tights was exactly as I'd want, and in fact few bib tights I've worn can rival the comfort of these on long rides.
Rear-facing reflective strips on each ankle aid visibility, though I'd like to see some a little higher as well because these can be partially covered by socks or overshoes.
You can pay a lot more than £100 for some bib tights – the last pair tested on road.cc were £215 – and I'd say the Enduras offer good value for the performance they give for £99.99. They do still face some competition though: Lusso's £95 Termico Repel Bibtights impressed Stu, performing well on deep winter rides, and have more in the way of reflectives, while the dhb Classic Thermal bib tights are also a very good option for £70.
Overall, I've been very impressed with the FS260s. They do everything bib tights should: they're warm, comfortable and make those winter miles just that little bit more enjoyable. They also manage to do this at an attractive price point.
Well-priced, comfortable, warm and dependable tights with a great pad
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura FS260-Pro Thermo Bibtight
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
The Endura FS260-Pro Thermo bibs are full-length winter tights best suited to rides below 10 degrees, offering great insulation and a DWR coating that means they're able to shrug off road spray and light rain showers.
Endura says, "Perfect for Winter riding, the insulating Thermoroubaix® keeps you warm while the 600 series seat pad provides consistent comfort."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Luxurious Thermoroubaix® fabric with PFC Free DWR M™ treatment provides insulation, comfort and water repellence
Supportive, cosy touch bib upper with high stretch y-form binding and zip fly
600 series pad, computer cut 'Continuously Variable Profile' (CVP) stretch pad with gel inserts and antibacterial finish
Raw edge, grip rib cuff for a snug fit at ankle
Ankle zip for easy access
Well made with high-quality materials.
Really warm and comfortable even on long rides.
Early days but they feel like they're built to last; a dozen washes and a few hundred miles appear to have had little effect.
The calves and ankles may not be tight enough for some, but I was very impressed with the fit everywhere else.
Sizing was bang on, especially if you've got larger calves than me (not hard).
They're not light, but they're very warm.
The 600 series pad really impressed me, and I got on with the zip despite being initially sceptical.
The performance is up there with more expensive tights, though they are a fiver more than the excellent Lusso Termico Repels I mention in the review.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No signs of degradation.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Warm and comfy, that makes them a winner in my eyes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The seat pad is very good and they're well insulated.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Not as tight as I'd like them to be on the calves.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Many bib tights that we've tested start at around the £100 mark. Below this we have the similarly priced Lusso Termico Repel Bibtights that impressed Stu, and the dhb Classic Thermal bib tights also performed well and retail at £70.
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
Great value and warm winter tights. The fit wasn't ideal for me around the calves but might suit others fine, and in every other way they're really good.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized venge pro 2019 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mountain biking
Jamie has been riding bikes since a tender age but really caught the bug for racing and reviewing whilst studying towards a master's in Mechanical engineering at Swansea University. Having graduated, he decided he really quite liked working with bikes and is now a full-time addition to the road.cc team. When not writing about tech news or working on the Youtube channel, you can still find him racing local crits trying to cling on to his cat 2 licence...and missing every break going...