dhb Rogate Bib tights £59.20
The Rogate bib tights sit above the previously-tested Merston model and, while they offer many of the same design features, the key difference is the application of a large Windtex panel over each knee.
Rogate’s Thermo-stretch fabric has handled the recent temperature drop we’re all enjoying surprisingly well, and the large double-layer Windtex knee panels provide much needed insulation for the knees in sub-zero temperatures.
The aim of the double-layer knees is to put extra material where you need it most with a relatively thin and free-moving material elsewhere. Add in the great cut and shape and they’re a highly comfortable pair of tights that will see you through the winter with a smile.
Inside the Rogate bibs is a new Coolmax-lined chamois with Silver Dry antibacterial finishing. As with other dhb shorts tested previously, it is astoundingly comfortable no matter how long you’re planning to be on the saddle.
dhb opt for ankle zips with silicon gripper tape which works flawlessly, while reflective piping on the ankles is a thoughtful touch for those riders that can’t avoid a spot of night time riding.
The claimed ideal working temperature for these bib tights is -2°C to +10°C, and we’d tend to agree. We took them below -2°C recently just to find out how they’d fare, and they coped with ease.