Before I get onto the FDX mens winter thermal cycling top and bib tights set, I want to tell you about the strangest feeling I ever encountered on a bike. It was during a particularly cold Sunday morning in November and I was riding from Portsmouth to Chichester (and back), a regular and easy ride I often do and one that I break up with a coffee when I hit Chichester.
The ride there is about 16 miles and it was around the 12th mile I realised that because of the cold I could no longer feel the end of my toes, fingers and most importantly, my manhood. All numb.
Now to be fair, the disconcerting and entirely alarming feeling of being numb ‘down there’, may have been caused by my hunching so much to keep warm that I had compromised my seating position and cut off some circulation; nonetheless, it was at that moment that I decided I should invest in some thermal cycle clothing. A true story that brings me nicely to my review.
FDX mens winter thermal cycling top and bib tights set review
The FDX thermal set is a long sleeve, full length cycling set that comes complete with a thermal roubaix lining to keep you warm – and keep you warm it does. The thermal lining has a nice fleecy feel to it and although at first glance it doesn’t seem like there is much thermal material there, it is more than adequate to keep you warm. Couple it up with a good upper body base layer, some gloves and a cycling buff; and you will be comfortable in most cold weathers.
The top and bib come with elasticated cuffs that provide a nice seal around your wrists and ankles, that stops any riding up of material. The material of the garments is on the cheap side, as per the FDX half sleeve jersey and bib shorts set, but because of the roubaix lining, this thermal winter set feels more substantial and stronger. It feels like a more expensive product than it actually is.
There is plenty of pocket storage in the set. The bib shorts have a single rear zip that will just fit a standard sized mobile phone, or wallet and keys (but not both) and the jacket comes with three back pockets plus a hidden zipped pocket behind the back pockets. It is more than enough storage for personal items, energy gels, bike pump and gloves should you need it.
The quality and stitching of the set is, in my opinion, absolutely fine. However, there are some reviews on Amazon from purchasers who have complained that the inner stitching has rubbed against their skin and caused soreness. There are also complaints about the quality of the material and how quickly it has faded. On the latter I have to agree, the black material in the top has faded somewhat after washing, but not enough to bother me. Not for the price that this set is.
The only other issue other reviewers appear to have had has been to do with the pad, complaining that it isn’t thick enough. That has not been my experience and I have comfortably ridden 80+ mile sportives in this set, including the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive.
So should I buy it?
If being warm on your winter rides and being able to feel the ends of all your bits is your thing, then yes, you would be a fool not to spend money on this set. At only £43.99 on Amazon, the complete thermal set is less expensive than many single, non-thermal tops. It is a no brainer really. Buy it.