If you find a toilet then this is okay because you can derobe your top half although many women find themselves shivering while they pee. And if you’re out on the road and looking for a tree the whole process becomes daunting and potential extremely chilly. So I am delighted to discover the women’s Gore Oxygen Windstopper bib tights with patented one-zip system for easy opening.
The clever Gore Oxygen Windstopper bib tights zip is at waist height and almost circles the body. When you need access to go to the toilet you unzip this zip. The bottom and top of the tights are still attached at the side by a narrow piece of fabric but there is enough gap when unzipped to allow you to pull down the tights to use the toilet. This avoids the need to strip off your top half of clothing.
After using the toilet you re-zip the waist area together. This does take a bit of body twisting and fumbling but it’s not too difficult. If you’re stuck you can always ask a friend to help you to re-zip!
Few brands have come up with a useable system for bib tights and toilet breaks and I like Gore’s innovative approach.
Other features of the women’s Gore Oxygen Windstopper bib tights:
The tights are made from Gore WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell. This offers “total windproofness with maximum breathability”. The tights also offer:
· The comfort of a soft mid-layer.
· The water resistance of a shell-in-one garment.
· Comfort and freedom of movement.
· Reflective flag, piping on legs and front logo
· Reflective piping on legs
· Elastic braces
· High-cut back
· Flat-lock seams.
In addition the women’s bib tights have:
- * Brace construction made of thermal stretch fabric for women
- * OZON LADY seat insert
- * Patented one-zip system for easy opening.
· Front zip with semi-lock slider
· Elastic braces
· Mesh insert in back for optimum ventilation
On test: Gore Oxygen Windstopper bib tights
I love the fleecy inner feel of the tights and the warm but flexible fabric. Out on the road in very cold and windy conditions the tights do an excellent job of keeping my legs and lower torso very cosy. These tights are for more extreme conditions.
The fit is good, too. I wore the women’s size 38 (I am a UK10/12) and they felt comfortable but not too restrictive.
The high bib section keeps the lower torso warm and there are no concerns about having an exposed gap at your lower back.
Other features I like:
Having a padded insert makes time in the saddle comfortable. I found the Gore pad a little too thick but this is personal preference. I prefer something a little less padded and rely instead on a good-fitting saddle. This is a small quibble, however, because most people like a decent amount if padding. (There is a version without the pad.)
The footstraps keep the tights in place and prevent them from riding up.
The reflective detailing is a great addition to winter tights because days can be dark in winter.
There is a version with padded insert and without padded insert.
With: Oxygen lady bib tights plus at £159.99
And Without Oxygen lady bib tights at £139.99.