Construction-wise, the tights are made from a fleecy Roubaix fabric on the lower and inside of the legs, and offer good protection in low temperatures and light – but certainly not heavy – rain. The first time I put them on there was the disconcerting sound of threads settling and even a small tear on the ankle cuff, but after multiple rides and washes luckily it hasn’t developed into something worse.
Warmth was one big positive with the Tempo tights. They kept us perfectly snug even when the temperature dropped down to two or three degrees, and the Roubaix fabric, position in key areas, means that road spray doesn’t immediately lead to freezing cold legs.
The bibs are a mixture of mesh and fleece which keep the kidney area warm and offer a lighter, but still perfectly comfortable, fit over the shoulders. You don’t notice them at all when you’re riding, which is always a good sign.
The simple three-panel construction on the legs gives a fairly close fit, with a pleasant amount of comfort and elasticity when pedalling. I did have some issues with the rear, where the Cytech Performance Air Pad chamois seemed to drop down and create an irritating shape. This happened during steep climbs, and out of the saddle movements seemed to be the cause of the distortion. The chamois is made from a foam block type material and I suspect that it naturally tries to lie flat rather than a more ergonomic shape which causes the problem. The only other issue was wrinkling behind the knee, where I’d find myself periodically stretching the tight back into shape while riding.
Overall, the tights performed acceptably. The chamois isn’t the greatest, but is generally comfortable when riding other than the odd bit of movement mentioned above. Performance-wise, they’re a fair bet, rather than outstanding, and might work well as a workhorse set of tights for commuting duties, and while the RRP is £85, they’re £68 on Chain Reaction (the sole retailer), so although performance isn’t top notch, they’re not as a big a spend as at first look.