dhb Pace Roubaix Tight Review

I’ve only ever used bog-standard track suit bottoms for winter cycling over the years. They’ve been O.K but since my current pairs were looking a bit worn and saggy, and the material around the ankles kept getting caught in my chain, I decided to take a look at a few pairs of  ‘proper’ cycling trousers to see how they compare. My first challenge was to get over the fact that cycling trousers are called ‘tights’ nowadays. I thought tights were generally only worn by women, or Robin Hood’s merry men, but a quick look at wikipedia set me straight. My wife offered to lend me a pair of her tights but the look really wouldn’t have been good.

dhb Vaeon Roubaix Bib Tight
dhb Vaeon Roubaix Bib Tight

First up is the dhb Pace Roubaix padded tight. These are a high quality tight made from a soft material with a smooth texture on the outside and a fleece lining on the inside. When they turned up they looked mighty small and I wondered if I’d ever get into them but it wasn’t a problem. The material is sufficiently stretchy in all directions so they are likely to fit people of all sorts of shapes and sizes.

dhb pace tight zip
dhb Pace Tight Zip

They don’t feature much in the reflective department, the only reflective areas being a a small patch above the ankle zips and the dhb logo on the behind. A little more would be nice but I have a feeling it might be difficult getting reflectives to stay attached to the stretchy material.

The dhb Pace Roubaix tights have a figure hugging fit and feel very comfortable to wear and do not feel at all restrictive on the bike. The thickness of the seat padding is perfect.

I would say the material is of medium thickness, ideal for Spring and Autumn and probably most of winter too. I’ve not yet worn them in particularly cold temperatures but I think they will be fine right down to 0ºC and possibly lower. They seem windproof yet breathable as somehow I don’t seem to get sweaty in them on the warmer days.

dhb-pace-roubaix
dhb Pace Roubaix Tight

On sizing I went for the medium. I have 34 inch waist and am 5 foot 10 inches tall with medium build. While I normally buy the large size for most clothes, mediums were the right size for these. If anything the length of the legs are a little long for me but not excessively so. I think in general these tights would work best for people with tall build though due to their stretchy nature will fit a lot of people. I thought I looked rather fetching in them but my wife laughs at me every time I put them on…

I’m really pleased with them and can heartily recommend them for comfort, warmth, breathability and entertainment value for the missus. A great improvement from my tatty old track suit bottoms.

For more info and where to buy, click here: dhb Pace Roubaix padded tight

My next post will be about the Altura Winter Cruiser Tights coming soon…

Altura Winter Cruiser Tights Review

For the second in my mini-series of cycling trouser reviews, I’ve chosen the Altura Winter Cruiser Unpadded Tights. These are somewhat different to the dhb pace roubaix tights featured in my last review. The material is somewhat thicker and a lot less stretchy. They are a little better in the reflective department with a few reflective splashes and have foot stirrups rather than zips at the ankles. 

Altura Winter Cruiser
Altura Winter Cruiser Tights

The material is fleece lined and would be fine right down to sub-zero temperatures. The material has been treated with some kind of water repellent so should be capable of holding off a shower.

The altura winter cruisers are looser fitting than the dhb tights but they need to be as the material does not stretch to fit. It’s therefore more difficult to get the sizing right with these trousers. They have a drawstring around the waist to provide some adjustment there. I chose the large size which kind of fits fine though the legs could do with being a bit longer. While they are not tight fitting they are nothing like as comfy as the dhb tights. I find the crotch area hangs a little on the low side (yet isn’t loose) which makes it harder to mount and dismount the bike and restricts movement while pedalling. I think these tights would best fit folks with shorter legs.

I quite liked these tights and my wife thinks they look less silly than the figure hugging dhb tights. However I prefer the dhb tights as they are a lot more comfortable – and I don’t really care how silly I look!

They can be purchased from here: Altura Winter Cruiser Unpadded Tights