Iâ€™ll never forget my first pair of thermal shortsâ€”I still have them, in fact. Traditionally a pro-only garment, fleece lined bibs are slowly gaining a foothold in many companies’ product lines. A new addition to their own autumn/winter line, Raphaâ€™s Pro Team Thermal Bib Shorts offer a high-end option for those looking to take the thermal plunge. Iâ€™ve been pairing them with the new Merino Knee Warmers (and a little bit of an embro) on days when I previously would have worn tights. (Folks who ride in winters more â€œcoolâ€ than â€œcoldâ€ should grab a pair.) If my wallet makes it through the holiday relatively unscathed, I might even pick-up an extra set for myself, as I have a feeling Iâ€™ll wear these out by April.
And best of all, they come with a tiny tub of Raphaâ€™s Chamois Creamâ€”a nice little sample of a quality product (and a perfect TSA-approved travelling companion).
Pros: As youâ€™re likely to wear them in foul weather, thereâ€™s nothing more appropriate than black.
Peeves: Me, for posting this after the passing of Rapha’s pre-Holiday shipping deadlineâ€”but order anyway; youâ€™ll be glad have them when the New Year rolls around.