The Orkaan Race Tech Winter Bib Tights are made from what’s dubbed ‘Thermodream’ fabric – a breathable, water repellent fabric with a fleece lining, and an additional windproof layer on the thigh and shin areas.
In terms of looks, the tights have large reflective panels on the leg and at the rear, and that gives the a tights a a slightly more individual look to anything else on the market – nothing too ‘stand out’ and, needless to day, useful for winter riding, whether that’s in low light conditions on a dank day, or at night. Stolen Goat say the additional fabric is called Pixel 100 and it is undoubtedly very reflective.
As soon as I rolled down the road, I felt very comfortable in the tights. The fit is close but there’s plenty of stretch in the fabric and there was minimum bunching in key areas of movement – behind the knees and around the waist. The kidney area and upper back are also well covered, without any noticeable interference in feel when riding.
The multi-panel construction also contributes to the excellent fit. All the seams are triple stitched and flat, adding to the overall high quality feel of the tights. The shoulder straps are broad and sat comfortably in use and the low-ish scoop at the front made winter rest stops as easy as is possible. On the ankles there are foot loops made of a thinner fabric that keep the tights down. I’ve experienced issues with bunching on ankle loops before but thankfully that hasn’t been an issue here.
Inherently there is a degree of bulk as these tights are for winter, and the brushed fleece linings contributes to this, but the upside is a long-lasting warmth. The fabric’s water repellent treatment also stood up well to gradual rain, with the water beading off the surface for a fair amount of riding before saturating the tights.
Ridden in temperatures below zero and up to around eight degrees, the tights remained comfortable, with little or no sweat build on the legs, and helping to maintain a steady temperature throughout. The windproof panels are placed in areas that are affected most – the thighs and shins – and remain absent on the knees to aid mobility when pedaling and ensure the tights aren’t restrictive.
The chamois is also worthy of a mention. Described by Stolen Goat as ‘a premium smooth chamois’, I was really impressed with the comfort and despite a seemingly high ‘stack’ it didn’t cause chaffing. The chamois has a sponge-like interior but it didn’t absorb significant amounts of moisture and it compacted enough to be comfortable for extended time in the saddle.
The very competitive price (particularly at the current sale price of £87, down from £112), coupled with plenty of warmth, an excellent fit and added reflective detail, make the Stolen Goat Orkaan Race Tech Winter Bib Tights a top performer in what is a key piece of winter kit.