TENN BLAZE WATERPROOF BREATHABLE LEGGINGS

Weight (as tested) 269g

Tenn Blaze waterproof breathable cycle leggings are training tights capable of resisting the worst weathers. However, heavier weight impervious three layer fabrics are best appreciated during really cold and/or wet winters.

 

A penny off eighty quid buys a nicely tailored polyester/elastane/polyurethane mix. Further refinement comes courtesy of their super tactile micro-fleece liner that caresses the skin, while legions of micro-pores extract rider generated heat.

 

Stitching would render them water-repelling by degrees, thus taped seams and no insert – you’ll still need a decent set of shorts underneath. A moot point for seasoned riders but potential deal-breaker for cost conscious newbies.

 

That aside, detailing is what I’ve come to expect from mid-range fare. High quality zippers, silicone cuffs and an elasticated waist ensure they’re easily donned, remaining firmly ensconced without braces, or unsightly branding.

 

Sizing is more precise than most and based upon waist measurement, rather than the S/M/L/XL, which can vary between brands. Generally a (European) 4, I found our 32-34 inch samples a comprehensively good fit with ample length for my 33 inch inseam.

 

3M reflectives are commonplace but these are skilfully deployed and really bring the garment to life, without looking garish sans bike. General consensus suggests we appeared on most people’s radars at 100 metres-handy in all contexts, though especially at junctions/roundabouts.

 

Overall performance is very good, rather than great. Despite stretch panelling and ergonomic cut, fluidity of movement isn’t quite comparable with conventional winter longs, though improves over time and didn’t prevent me cantering along at 85-100rm. Conventional bib longs are also more convenient when answering nature’s call.

 

There’s usually some trade-off between weather-protection and wicking prowess, hence I wasn’t surprised at feeling slightly clammy for the first twenty minutes until fibres caught up. However, monsoon rains and icy crosswinds couldn’t dampen my enthusiasm for long, steady miles on and indeed, sans asphalt.

Their Polyurethane outer blocks cold and wet stuff brilliantly, the latter simply beading atop before racing away. Even Flooded bridle path couldn’t fox them when paired with waterproof socks and while brambles have played gruesome tunes, there’s no sign of bobbling or similar superficial damage to date.

Michael Stenning

 

Verdict: Competent mid-range longs best suited to cold, wet winter rides.

 

www.tenn-outdoors.co.uk

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2015

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