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The Nopinz Pro-1 Warm Up Leggings are very good for keeping yourself warm prior to the start of a road, circuit or cyclocross race or time trial. The fleecy material is very soft and the leggings are easy to remove in a hurry. Some water resistance is great in adverse conditions, but I'd have liked a closer fit around the knee.
Warm-up leggings, or zip-off tights as they're also called, are a great way to keep your legs warm before you start a bike or running race. The Nopinz Pro-1s have served me very well for my cyclocross races.
Pulling the Pro-1 leggings on, I was impressed by the soft, cosy feel of the brushed fabric. It does a great job of keeping your legs warm, even in really cold conditions.
The outer surface of the leggings is also well designed with a good deal of water resistance; you should stay dry as you roll over to the start line, even with plenty of spray coming off the front wheel.
You may well be wondering why someone wouldn't just wear a set of leg warmers to the start line. Well, the beauty of these leggings is that they're much quicker to remove thanks to full-length zips that run on the outside of each leg, from the ankle to the waist. You can be very busy not paying attention to the race commissaire (guilty!), and still get them and your jacket off in a panic when they call 30 seconds until the start.
My only issue with the Pro-1s comes at the knee. Here, the fit is a little bit baggy, which feels odd when riding. But you're unlikely to be riding far in these – just to the start line – so it's only a minor grumble.
Everywhere else, the fit is perfect, with loads of length above the hips for protection of the lower back.
While the price might be a bit higher than the ETCs (now seemingly only available in smaller sizes – XXXS here), I really like the extra bit of water repellency that you get with the Nopinz Pro-1s. They're great for warming up prior to a race, and despite the minor fit issue, I'd be happy to recommend them.
Cosy and protective, these are great at their job
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Nopinz Pro-1 Warm Up Leggings Men's
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
"While you're waiting for your start, these leggings will keep you dry and warm. The full zip on each leg means you can easily remove them from over your race suit and shoes. You'll stay warm and be 100% race-ready in seconds."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Nopinz lists these key features:
Roubaix Acqua zero fabric.
Full zipper up each leg for fast removal.
Elasticated top hem with silicone gripper.
Pre-dyed fabric with heat applied reflective graphics.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed at 30. Line dried.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Kept me cosy while spinning the legs and waiting at the start line of races. Then easy to whip off.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The extra bit of protection from the rain is really nice. It just keeps that cosy feeling for a little longer.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The slightly baggy fit around the knee.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
More expensive than the ETC version at £42, but cheaper than Santini's (£85).
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
Very cosy, these leggings protect against the cold and rain well before being quick to whip off.
About the tester
I usually ride: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, I specialise in the Cafe Ride!