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Altura Icon Men’s Thermal Bib Tights



Good quality bib tights with a great fit on the bike and a pad that'll keep you happy for many miles
Comfortable pad shape
Pocket is handy
Well made
Ankle zips won’t please all

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The Altura Icon Men's Thermal Bib Tights cover all the bases you need for winter riding, with a supportive pad for those steady training rides, a multi-panel design that gives a great fit, and neat little touches like an easy-to-reach pocket and plenty of reflectives.

The heart of any shorts or tights is the pad, and Altura has worked with respected brand Elastic Interface for this Icon offering. It's quite simple in design, offering little in the way of channels and multiple pad densities, but it's none the worse for it.

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I found it comfortable on long rides, even those where you don't move around much, like the steady state efforts I do in the winter; the pace is a bit easier, and I don't get out of the saddle much.

The padding isn't overly thick so there are no issues with bunching, and cleverly, the larger sized bib tights get the same shaped pad as the smaller ones but with a denser foam to suit heavier riders.

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For the main part of the bib tights Altura has chosen a 260gsm fabric with a brushed inner face to give it a bit of a thermal boost.

It's a decent weight: thin enough that it has plenty of stretch for ease of movement, but still thick enough that it blocks out most of the wind, keeping you warm. You get a durable water repellent coating too, which keeps light drizzle and road spray at bay.

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When it comes to temperature range, I'd say they'll definitely cope down to 2°C, and even below freezing, depending on the windchill.

The panel positioning is well thought out, with Altura keeping seams away from where they could rub, like at the rear of the knees, and the overall shape of the finished tights is very good. They fit well on the bike with no bunching on the legs anywhere.

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To keep the cuffs in place at the bottom of the leg, and to make getting them on easier, Altura has used zips, situated on the sides.

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They run smoothly and if you like zips then you'll have no problems; I'm not a fan and would prefer not to have them as they can press into my ankle when I'm wearing close-fitting overshoes. Thankfully at least, by positioning the zips at the side they don't clash with the rear zip found on many overshoes.

You also get reflective details on each calf and thigh to catch the attention of drivers.

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The bib section uses a lightweight mesh to allow breathability should you be wearing quite a few layers. I like the fact that the straps are wide and flat as it means they don't produce any pressure points.

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On the back panel of the bibs you'll find a pocket on the right hand side. It's deep enough to hold a mobile, but ideal for stashing gels or energy bars.

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When it comes to sizing, these Icons are exactly as I'd expect them to be. I'm a medium in most brands and that's what I have here; they fit a treat and the size guide shows that I am bang in the right range for the size.

Overall, the quality is very good. The Icons look and feel well made, with neat stitching throughout, and the material is showing no signs of early wear.


The rrp for the Icons is £95 which puts them smack in the middle of the Gore C3 Thermo bib tights, now £99.99, and the Craft Ideal Wind bib tights (£90) which Rob was very impressed with.

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They don't quite match the excellent Orro Pyro Line Aquazero bib tights, which are just slightly higher priced at £99.


Altura has delivered a quality pair of bib tights for the money that fit really well and feature a comfortable pad. As long as you don't mind ankle zips, there is little to dislike.


Good quality bib tights with a great fit on the bike and a pad that'll keep you happy for many miles test report

Make and model: Altura Icon Men's Thermal Bibtights

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Altura says, "The Icon Bib Tights build on the success of the Icon Bib Shorts to include the same Icon pad technology developed exclusively for Altura with Elastic Interface, one that focuses on comfort with denser foam used in larger sizes to provide maximum comfort for all. The tights use 260gsm thermal brushed back fabric with a durable DWR coating for that much-needed warmth and comfort making these a perfect full leg option when riding in colder conditions. This feature-packed iconic design also includes a side stash pocket for fuel, zip leg opening for ease of use, soft-touch bib straps, and a high wicking open mesh back panel for prolonged comfort and freshness."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Altura lists:

- Exclusive Elastic Interface™ Icon Pad

- Thermal 260gsm brushed back fabric

- Durable water-repellent coating

- Zip leg opening

- Side stash pocket

- Reflective detailing in key areas

- Open mesh straps and back panel

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Sizing is similar to many UK brands and corresponds to Altura's sizing guide.

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No problems after countless washes following the manufacturer's instructions.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Work well down to near freezing, keeping the wind at bay.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Good fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I'm not a fan of zips.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

They seem priced about right for the technical specification and quality, sitting alongside the likes of similar offerings from Orro, Gore and Craft.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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The only thing that really goes against the Icons for me is the positioning of the ankle zips. Other than that they are very good: they perform well and offer a lot of quality for the money.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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