Best Women’s Cycling Tights + Leggings [Top 7]
Finding the best women specific cycling gear was once pretty dire to say the least. Options were limited and a lot of the kit was not up to scratch.
But gone are the days of choosing between a couple of options as thankfully brands now put a lot of research and development into designing women specific cycling kit that is both comfortable and actually fits properly.
But now there is thankfully so many options for female cyclists, it can sometimes be a little tricky choosing which is best for you, especially with regards to tights and bibs.
Why Wear Cycling Tights?
Wearing tights while cycling is important for two main reason.
The first reason is of course, warmth. Keeping your working muscles warm when the temperatures aren’t so warm is important to prevent injury and keep you comfortable. Usually, anything under around 17°C would be considered the right time to cover your legs and arms, the latter especially covered with a base layer underneath outerwear.
Additionally, another reason bar warmth, to wear tights is the additional feature of padding (aka chamois). The padding in cycling tights really helps to improve overall comfort while sat in the saddle on a bike. Your undercarriage is of course super delicate and therefore will be very thankful for the adde support that a chamois provides.
Another great reason to wear tights while riding is to keep to your beliefs. For example, some religions believe in being covered, therefore tights help to allow your to participate and have fun on a bike no matter what your customs and beliefs.
Are Cycling Tights and Leggings the Same?
Cycling tights and leggings differ for one main reason: cycling tights have a chamois fitted where your undercarriage sits for comfort and support while in the saddle. Whereas leggings don’t have this padding. They are more like what you would wear to the gym or during yoga.
Both of which are completely fine to ride a bike in, as at the end of the day what you decide to wear is personal preference. However, a padded tight will most often be the better option due to the benefits of featuring a chamois.
However, some people may rather wear more of a trouser. For example, if you are commuting or ride mountain bike, often a trouser like piece of clothing is favoured over a tight or leggings which are closer fitting. But all in all, it’s of course personal preference.
Best Women’s Cycling Tights + Leggings
- Rapha Core Winter Bib Tights [REVIEW]
- Le Col Sport Waist Tights [REVIEW]
- Rapha All Day Leggings 7/8 [REVIEW]
- Altura Grid Cruiser Waterproof Tights [REVIEW]
- Assos UMA GT Spring Fall Half Tights [REVIEW]
- Club Ride Spin Tight Leggings [REVIEW]
- Van Rysel Bibless Touring Tights [REVIEW]
✅ Brushed back fleece material
✅ Reflective ankle stripes
Material: 83% polyamide and 17% elastane
- 🇬🇧 £120
- 🇺🇸 $175
- 🇪🇺 €145
The Women’s Core Winter Bib Tights from the luxury British cycling clothing brand, Rapha, are a firm favourite among many female riders. Featuring the same padding as their very popular Women’s Core Bib Shorts, your under carriage will certainly thank you for purchasing these.
Also featuring straps at the top to take any pressure off of your stomach and waist, these winter bib tights offer a very high level of comfort while out riding on your bike. But, this design with bibs does make loo breaks a little more tricky, but the comfort makes up for it.
In addition, they are also lined with a fleecy material inside to keep you warm on even the coldest of days. They also come in sizes ranging for XXS to XL, which is a great variation. They also only come in black, but that’s cool and classy.
✅ Fleece lined
✅ Women’s specific Foam Chamois
✅ Silicon leg gripper
Material: 85% Polyamide and 15% Elastane
- 🇬🇧 £120
- 🇺🇸 $145
- 🇪🇺 €145
Le Col’s Women’s Sport Waist Tights are a great luxury option for anyone looking for a comfortable, high end pair of women specific cycling tights to see you through the winter months.
These tights come with a women specific chamois made from foam for extra comfort. The inside of the tights are also fleece lined to ensure warmth on even the coldest of days. They also feature reflective detailing to help keep you seen while out on the road.
Also, these tights have a very high waist to prevent the waist moving while you ride. They also come in two classy colour options of either black or a very trendy navy. The sizing for these particular tights range from XS to XL which will cover most people. Overall they are a solid option for those wanting high end and class.
✅ Multifunctional leggings
✅ No padding
✅ Subtle side pocket
Material 58% Recycled Nylon and 42% Elastane
- 🇬🇧 £85
- 🇺🇸 $115
- 🇪🇺 €100
Another a great multifunctional option from the London based Rapha, is their Women’s All Day Leggings which are an excellent pick for those wanting a more casual legging that both looks like you could pop to yoga in or grab coffee wearing, without feeling like a full on serious cyclist with padding.
Because these leggings don’t feature padding, they won’t suit those wanting to go out and smash some training. But they are great for those wanting something to exercise in thanks to their double layered waistband with silicone dots, which prevent bunching. They also feature a useful pocket to store belongings in.
Recommended mainly for use in milder conditions they are also available in three really easy to wear colours: Black, Dark Red and Navy. All of which would go with most wardrobes. And they also come in sizes ranging from XXS to XL.
Waterproof Cycling Tights
✅ DWR water repellent coating
✅ Side stash pocket
Material: 82% Polyester and 18% Elastane
- 🇬🇧 £55
- 🇺🇸 $64
- 🇪🇺 €65
Offering both thermal and water resistant protection, the Grid Cruiser Womens Cycling Tights from Altura are another great multifunctional set of tights that can pretty much fulfil all of your outdoorsy needs. Be that on a bike or on two feet: if versatile and protection from water is what you want, then these are for you.
Treated with a DWR coating for water repellency, the outer of these tights offers a great level of protection from the rain and road spray while riding. While, internally, the tights are lined with thermal fabrics to ensure you stay warm on even the coldest of days. Therefore, the rain nor the cold, will be able to stop you from enjoying your sport in these.
They also feature a side stash pocket which is a great place to safely store your keys while out and about. These tights also come in UK sizes 8 to 18 which is fairly generous. Colour wise, the options are either between, Black or Navy. All in all, a great wet weather option.
✅ Memory foam padding
✅ Pressure free waist
✅ Luxuriously soft
Material: 85% Polyamide(Nylon) and 15% Elastane(Spandex)
- 🇬🇧 £127
- 🇺🇸 $149
- 🇪🇺 €150
If you want luxury, total comfort and a budget isn’t something that concerns you in your quest to find these three things, then the Women’s UMA GT Spring Fall Half Tights from Swiss based Assos are ceratinly a piece of you.
These cycling tights offer a very impressive level of comfort which is thanks to their women specific, memory foam padding that has also been designed to help breathability. These tights do also add a level of protection against the cold, but are best suited for Spring time and Autumn, and any milder days.
Interestingly, they do also offer a small amount of water repellency on the outer layer which is great if you find yourself caught in April showers. They do only come in black, however Assos offer a range of sizes from XS to XL, and due to their stretchy nature should fit most people well. Overall, these are a solid option for those seeking comfort and luxury during milder climates.
✅ 2 Side Pockets
✅ No padding
✅ RideLight Reflective Accents
Material: 85% Poly and 15% Spandex
- 🇬🇧 £66
- 🇺🇸 $75
- 🇪🇺 €76
The Women’s Spin Tight Leggings from Club Ride are a great option for those who don’t want a chamois featured in their riding attire. Which for many, with a comfortable and well cushioned saddle seems a little overkill, especially if you just want to ride into town to run some errands and don’t want to feel like a baby in a nappy.
These leggings have a great little pocket to put your phone in or other belongings, which is a brilliant and super practical feature that many tights or leggings don’t seem to have. This pocket can also be a great place to store snacks!
Also, not being too bulky due to not having a chamois means these leggings can double up as just leisure attire which is super useful. They also come in two neutral colour options or either Goblin Blue or Heather Black. They are also available to buy in sizes XS to XL. Overall, they are a great chamois-less option.
✅ Bibless (waist)
✅ Fleece-like lining
Material: Main fabric 91% Polyester, 9% Elastane Pad 100% Polyurethane Padding – Outer fabric 80% Polyamide, 20% Elastane
- 🇬🇧 £20
- 🇺🇸 $30
- 🇪🇺 €25
Coming from Decathlon, the Van Rysel Women’s Bibless Bike Touring Tights are a really great pair of cycling tight for those on a budget that still want comfort.
These tights offer comfortable protection in the form of a newly improved chamois to help keep you comfortable while in the saddle. They also have a wide elasticated waistband to ensure comfort and manoeuvrability.
Moreover, these tights also offer a great level of warmth during colder days thanks to the brushed fleece-like lining within. These are also available to buy in sizes XS-XL, therefore cater to a wide range of sizes. They do however only come in the one colour option which is black. Overall, a solid bargain option.
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