TIC’s Thermal Bibshorts are similar to their standard bibshorts. They are the same plain black colour, which goes with any of the bright and exciting designs of the TIC jerseys and socks. The same understated logos, and the same high quality pad also feature on these Thermal Bibshorts.
Italian fleece-backed fabric and a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating turn the humble bibshort into a versatile and essential piece of clothing for the year round cyclist. There’s good fabric coverage at the back of the shorts to keep draughts out. The legs end in an elastic gripper strip with a silicone pattern to keep the cuffs in the right place.
It wouldn’t be a TIC product if there wasn’t some colour, so one of the straps and the radio/ valuables pocket have a lovely splash of pink. This will be covered up by a jersey, but it’s a nice touch. TIC say they developed their standard bibs around the pad and these Thermal Bibshorts use the same pad. It’s a TIC branded pad and it’s designed for all day rides. It certainly feels firm and substantial. I’ll be testing the bibshorts on some longer rides as I start upping my mileage in training for a 24 hour tandem ride.
The fleece-backed water resistant material will mean that you can start wearing them a bit earlier than your Summer bibs. With the addition of either TIC’s knee warmers, or some water resistant leg warmers, these shorts have the potential for a ‘most-seasons’ item of clothing. The combination of the plain goes-with-anything design, and the flexibility of these shorts make them an ideal base for a cycling wardrobe. For an extra £10 over the standard bibshorts you get quite a lot for your money.
If there is a perfect time of year for these Thermal Bibshorts, it’s now. I’m always a bit hesitant about getting the shorts out for the first time, preferring to stick to tights until I’m sure it’s warm enough. With these bibshorts it shouldn’t be a problem. Check back soon for a full review.
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