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The top 11 best water resistant cycling bib tights

In this article I’m going to feature the best water resistant cycling bib tights.

There something about riding in the rain. For one, there’s that unique feel of you against the elements. And the fact that most people stay inside only heightens this feeling. But that can quickly turn around if you do not use tights, which are properly water-resistant.

Water resistance in thermal cycling tights comes in a number of ways. Each brand has their own proprietary means of creating water resistance fabric. And they all basically work the same, giving a certain amount of time where you can ride in rainy conditions before getting soaked.

Besides bing water resistant, usually tights also offer more or less protection against wind-chill. Placed in the front of the garment this keeps you extra warm, and enables you to ride sub-zero conditions.

All this comes at a price, literally. So these garments do feature at the upper end of the price spectrum. But in the end the products on this list of the best water resistant cycling bib tights do ensure comfortable miles in all seasons.

Pearl Izumi Men’s Thermal Cycling Bib Tight

Pearl Izumi Men's Thermal Cycling Bib Tight
Pearl Izumi Men's Thermal Cycling Bib Tight

The Pearl Izumi Men’s Thermal Cycling Bib Tight is a very comfortable thermal cycling tight.

Made from recycled nylon the fabric is infused with Pearl Izumi’s PI Dry finish. Since the finish is applied before the garment is created, it creates an extremely robust layer that’s highly water-resistant.

The thermal bib tight also features their top-of-the-line Men’s ELITE Escape 1:1 chamois. Not only offers this seat pad ample comfort in the form of a multi-layered, dual density chamois, extra gel inserts have been added which reduces pressure in a male-anatomy specific layer as well.

The cuffs are finished with integrated elastic, and the overall almost seamless design has raw-edge straps and a wide back panel.

It’s an allround great all-season option that provides ample protection against the elements in cold conditions.

Pearl Izumi AmFIB Cycling Bib Tight

Pearl Izumi AmFIB Cycling Bib Tight
Pearl Izumi AmFIB Cycling Bib Tight

If you want to take it up a notch with protective thermal tights, the Pearl Izumi AmFIB Cycling Bib Tight has got you covered.

Featuring the same robust PI Dry finish as the standard thermal bib tight, this one also comes with an added AmFIB softshell located at the front of the tight. What this does is provide your body with extra protection against the wind, making this a sub-zero alternative.

It also comes with the incredibly comfortable Men’s ELITE Escape 1:1 chamois with gel inserts, which ensures many, many miles without saddle soreness.

The best protection Pearl Izumi offers in a cycling bib tight, with the best seat pad from their range of chamois.

Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Bib Tight

Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Bib Tight
Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Bib Tight

Some people prefer their thermal cycling bib without a seat pad, and for those that do the Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Bib Tight is the best one.

Offering the added protection of the AmFIB softshell with PI Dry finish, you know will stay warm with ample protection against wet road conditions and rain.

But it does not offer the Men’s ELITE Escape 1:1 chamois from the other thermal cycling bib. So this one is a top-notch alternative for people who prefer riding in a cycling short with their favorite chamois.

Giordana Men’s G-Shield Thermal Bib Tight

Giordana Men's G-Shield Thermal Bib Tight
Giordana Men's G-Shield Thermal Bib Tight

The Giordana Men’s G-Shield Thermal Bib Tight is a high-quality premium thermal bib tight that has everything going for it.

First off, the bib tight is almost seamless, drastically lowering the chance of water seeping through. Furthermore the hermal fleece-lined Blizzard fabric with Acqua Zero Eco is fully water-resistant and windproof, which makes this an all-season option for people who want to ride in cold conditions.

The fabric has an immensely great fit, with varying amounts of thickness to mold the garment around your body and be out of the way when pedalling.

Featuring the 4-layer 11 mm high-end Cirro S chamois, it’s a performance-oriented cycling short that’s actually thinner than their next-in-line 13 mm Cirro chamois, but still packs a pressure relief layer with a waffled texture. This is again pressed onto another thin layer with open cell padded elements for the ultimate pressure relief where it’s necessary.

Probably The best-of-the-best Giordana has to offer in the water-resistant bib tight department.

Castelli Sorpasso Ros Bibtight

Castelli Sorpasso Ros Bibtight
Castelli Sorpasso Ros Bibtight

The Castelli Sorpasso Ros Bibtight is a water-resistant state-of-the-art thermal bib tight.

Castelli’s water resistant fabric is called Nano Flex. With its fleeced lining it will keep you both dry and warm. The front uses a tighter-knitted Nano Flex Xtra Dry. It’s an area where added protection against rain is most needed.

The thermal cycling bib offers Castelli’s best Progetto X2 Air chamois. Male specific pressure points are more supported with an added layer of perforated padding, besides a skin layer, and dual density foam layer. This means a further reduction of saddle soreness when riding for many hours.

With a smart design around the hips and knees the cycling bib offers enough freedom of movement to not be restrictive while pedalling in sub-zero condtions up to 28F (-2C).

Castelli Sorpasso Ros Wind Bibtight

Castelli Sorpasso Ros Wind Bibtight
Castelli Sorpasso Ros Wind Bibtight

If the standard Sorpasso Ros doesn’t do the job for you, the Castelli Sorpasso Ros Wind Bibtight probably will.

Instead of the Nano Flex fabric it uses GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER X-Fast for frontal protection against the cold, making it the best-insulated thermal cycling bib in Castelli’s lineup up to a temperature of 23F (-5C), which feels about right.

It offers the same high-quality Progetto X2 Air chamois, which is the best seat pad they have to offer.

This premium thermal cycling bib will prove its money’s worth for die-hard cyclists who shy away from nothing.

Castelli Tutto Nano Bibtight

Castelli Tutto Nano Bibtight
Castelli Tutto Nano Bibtight

The Castelli Tutto Nano Bibtight is a moderately insulated, cold-weather cycling bib.

The thermal cycling bib is made from Castelli’s proprietary Nano Flex 3G fabric. While not totally waterproof, it provides more than enough water-resistant protection.

It features the KISS Air2, which means a soft skin layer is seamlessly welded to a male oriented dual-density layer, with an anatomical shape.

The tight has mesh straps and a large back panel, with zippered hems. And naturally, Castelli has kept the seams to a minimal to reduce the chance of rain seeping in.

A perfect addition for anyone looking to extend their riding season.

Gore C3 GORE WINDSTOPPER Bib Tights+

Gore C3 GORE WINDSTOPPER Bib Tights+
Gore C3 GORE WINDSTOPPER Bib Tights+

The Gore C3 GORE WINDSTOPPER Bib Tights+ are well-designed thermal cycling bib made from the companies well-known fabric.

As is clear from its name, it’s entirely made from GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER fabric, which is the latest and greatest the company has to offer. It promises increased moisture-wicking characteritics, while still being fully windproof and highly water-resistant.

The ACTIVE Comfort seat pad with is perfectly comfortable, though I would have loved to see a more high-end chamois. It does have the Gore WINDSTOPPER cup to prevent this delicate area from freezing.

The cycling bib is very easy to put on with zippers everywhere. And I simply love the adjustable straps which enable you to create the perfect fit around the shoulders.

There’s no denying the quality of the Gore Windstopper fabric, which is proven by the fact that it’s used by dozens of other brands. So if you want to go all out with Gore Windstopper fabric in your cycling tights, there’s no other option in the market than this one.

Gore C7 Partial GORE WINDSTOPPER Pro Bib Tights+

Gore C7 Partial GORE WINDSTOPPER Pro Bib Tights+
Gore C7 Partial GORE WINDSTOPPER Pro Bib Tights+

The Gore C7 Partial GORE WINDSTOPPER Pro Bib Tights+ is the more performance oriented brother of the C3.

With these tights the GORE WINDSTOPPER has been moved to the front only, which makes for a more snug and comfortable fit at the expense of a bit of protection where it least matters. It improves the freedom of movement associated with these tights.

The EXPERT Road chamois is Gore’s best chamois made from fast-drying and moisture-wicking fabric, and also features the GORE WINDSTOPPER cup.

POC Thermal VPDS Bib Tights

POC Thermal VPDS Bib Tights
POC Thermal VPDS Bib Tights

The POC Thermal VPDS Bib Tights is the brand’s best all-weather option.

Made from water-resistant and windproof fabric the front has a higher torso action for more protection. They are easy enough to pull on, which is a chore with some other brands. But it does come at a cost of a relatively loose fit in some places.

The Swedish brand offers cycling tights with silicone inserted chamois meant for long distance riding. The inserts are cleverly located to relieve pressure for a male specific anatomy, and sits seamlessly atop a perforated base layer.

They’re not cheap, but they are incredibly comfortable and feature one of the best chamois in the market in a thermal tight.

POC Essential Road Thermal Tights

POC Essential Road Thermal Tights
POC Essential Road Thermal Tights

The POC Essential Road Thermal Tights are thin cool weather cycling tights.

With a DWR treatment they tights are made to be both windproof and water-resistant in the front. They are not the thickest thermal tights you’ll find, so when the temperatures goes to zero you’ll need more protection by adding adequate base layers.

It does mean that with a snug fit, these thermal tights on their own are perfect for chilly temperatures in late summer, early autumn, and spring. Although POC claims these tights are made for any weather, the finish is not water resistant enough to withstand heavy rain. But they will protect you against a quick shower and road spray.

The rear mesh holds a pocket, which sits below a mesh panel attached to comfy straps. Zipless stretchy cuffs keep the tights in place.

Specifications water resistant cycling bib tights

NamePriceChamoisStrapsMaterialHemsPocketsDisciplineBuy at Amazon
Pearl Izumi Men’s Thermal Cycling Bib Tight175 USDMen’s ELITE Escape 1:1raw-edge straps w. back panelRecycled nylon w. PI Dry finishintegrated elasticnoneroadlink
Pearl Izumi AmFIB Cycling Bib Tight200 USDMen’s ELITE Escape 1:1raw-edge straps w. back panelAmFIB softshell w. PI Dry finishintegrated elasticdual rear side-entry pocketsroadlink
Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Bib Tight150 USDnoneraw-edge straps w. back panelAmFIB softshell w. PI Dry finishintegrated elasticnoneroadlink
Giordana Men’s G-Shield Thermal Bib Tight225 USDCirro Sstraps w. back panelBlizzard fabric w. Acqua Zero Eco finishstretch openingnoneroadlink
Castelli Sorpasso Ros Bibtight240 USDProgetto X2 Airlie-flat straps w. mesh back panelNano Flex Xtra Dry front w. Nano Flex 3G fabricYKK Camlock zippersnoneroadlink
Castelli Sorpasso Ros Wind Bibtight260 USDProgetto X2 Airlie-flat straps w. mesh back panelGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER X-Fast w. Nano Flex 3G backYKK Camlock zippersnoneroadlink
Castelli Tutto Nano Bibtight180 USDKISS Air2mesh straps w. mesh back panelNano Flex 3G fabricYKK Camlock zippersnoneroadlink
Gore C3 GORE WINDSTOPPER Bib Tights+200 USDACTIVE Comfortadjustable bib straps w. back panelGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPERYKK Camlock zippersnoneroadlink
Gore C7 Partial GORE WINDSTOPPER Pro Bib Tights+220 USDEXPERT Roadmesh straps w. mesh back panelGORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPERGrip elasticnoneroadlink
POC Thermal VPDS Bib Tights250 eurosVPDS Multi Dmesh straps w. mesh back panelWindproof and water-resistant materialGrip elasticnoneroadlink
POC Essential Road Thermal Tights250 eurosnonestraps w. back panelWindproof and water-resistant materialGrip elasticpocket in the rear meshroadlink