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Funkier's S-976W Winter bib tights are very good in terms of comfort and fit at this very competitive price point though there are a few issues with durability which could undo all of that great work.
The thing I like the most is how much of your torso they cover. Wind chill on your stomach when you're descending in sub-zero temperatures is not nice and many other bib tights have a low front, so it's great to see the Funkiers covering your entire stomach right up to the chest.
This does require a long zip though and to ensure a smooth action you need to pull the two sides together mid-way up otherwise you are using the zip to pull the material which can put a lot of strain on it.
The zip starts lower than most, at around crotch level which makes comfort breaks easier but when bent over in a riding position the lower zip stops have started to cut into the fabric they are rubbing against. After about 30 hours of testing so far the tights are looking a bit pulled and bobbled in that area. Some of the wear is on the seam which could shorten their usable life.
The material is lined meaning it is very soft against the skin and beautifully warm. As the weather has started to get colder in December I've been using these tights a lot and they've kept the cold northerly winds at bay even when wet.
As for the fit the 17 panels provide a decent shape. It isn't overly race orientated; they touch where they should and offer support but you don't get features like pre-shaped legs or fancy strap patterns. It's not a deal breaker especially at this price though you do notice a bit of bunching behind the knees on longer rides. The seams are all flat-locked for comfort as well which means you can't feel them from the inside, definitely a good thing considering how many there are.
The ankles are kept in place with a double thickness band and a zip at the rear. They work well at keeping everything in place and don't irritate. You also get some reflectives here to highlight foot rotation in car headlights.
The pad is Funkier's B7 model which is a mixture of deep padding and grooves to alleviate pressure on the perineum. I usually prefer a less spongy chamois but I really liked the B7 for its balance of comfort and shock absorbance especially while testing some very stiff bikes.
You'll find a lot of competition at this price point - give or take a tenner - especially from the likes of dhb, B'Twin and Howies, and in terms of comfort and fit the Funkier tights compare favourably. It's the durability that lets things down though, not only that zip issue mentioned above but the way one of the seams started to come apart on our test model. You'd expect that to be a warranty issue that would be rectified by the distributor.
If the quality and were to match the comfort and fit the Funkier S-976W tights would be very high scorers indeed but the nagging durability issues drag them down.
Comfortable, warm tights with good body coverage; questionable reliability though
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Make and model: Funkier S-976W Active Winter Thermal Microfleece Bib Tights
Size tested: Medium - Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Funkier tights are intended for winter use thanks to the fleece lining and are part of their mens range. They are certainly perfect for riding in sub-zero temperatures.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Winter lycra microfleece fabric
Front Nylon Zipper with self lock zipper puller
Back Nylon Zippers with reflective cover and self lock zipper puller
Grey flatlock seams
S - XXL size range
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The bibtights are great for cold weather rides thanks to the high stomach coverage and are really comfortable too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The questionable durability.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The Funkier bibtights are so nice to wear it is such a shame the quality didn't come up to scratch. The seam issue would be dealt with by warranty so while possibly an inconvenience not a deal breaker. The zip wearing on the front of the bibs when in a crouched position is more of a problem though.
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 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,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!