For the second in my mini-series of cycling trouser reviews, I’ve chosen the Altura Winter Cruiser Unpadded Tights. These are somewhat different to the dhb pace roubaix tights featured in my last review. The material is somewhat thicker and a lot less stretchy. They are a little better in the reflective department with a few reflective splashes and have foot stirrups rather than zips at the ankles.
The material is fleece lined and would be fine right down to sub-zero temperatures. The material has been treated with some kind of water repellent so should be capable of holding off a shower.
The altura winter cruisers are looser fitting than the dhb tights but they need to be as the material does not stretch to fit. It’s therefore more difficult to get the sizing right with these trousers. They have a drawstring around the waist to provide some adjustment there. I chose the large size which kind of fits fine though the legs could do with being a bit longer. While they are not tight fitting they are nothing like as comfy as the dhb tights. I find the crotch area hangs a little on the low side (yet isn’t loose) which makes it harder to mount and dismount the bike and restricts movement while pedalling. I think these tights would best fit folks with shorter legs.
I quite liked these tights and my wife thinks they look less silly than the figure hugging dhb tights. However I prefer the dhb tights as they are a lot more comfortable – and I don’t really care how silly I look!
They can be purchased from here: Altura Winter Cruiser Unpadded Tights