Classic Winter Tights


Classic Winter Tights is rated 4.294117647058823 out of 5 by 51.
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Designed for winter riding, these durable tights offer maximum comfort and insulation when the temperature drops. Wear over padded shorts.

Classic Winter Tights£140.00

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Thermoroubaix lined cycling tights for cold weather

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Rapha’s Classic Winter Tights are an essential piece of clothing for cold winter cycling. They are made from durable Italian Thermoroubaix fabric and have a brushed fleece inner throughout for maximum insulation. The tights are designed to be worn over your favourite bib shorts so there is no pad. The tights are shaped to provide an ergonomic fit and additional muscle support.

Other features include a mesh panel in the back of the tights to help regulate body temperature and a fully-lined zip to allow you to answer calls of nature quickly and easily. The tights are finished with flatlock stitching to prevent chafing. The left leg has a contrast stripe with a printed Rapha logo and there is an additional 'Wheelsucker' logo on the seat of the tights.

"…i can honestly put my hand in the air and say that i have never worn a more comfortable pair of cycling tights."


  • Lightweight mesh back for breathability.
  • Thermolite fleece lining for warmth.
  • Flatlock stitching prevents chafing.
  • No padded seat insert means they can be worn over your favourite bib shorts.


  • Main fabric: 45% nylon, 42% polyester, 13% Elastane
  • Bib: 77% nylon, 23% Elastane
  • Seat panel: 52% nylon, 32% polyester, 16% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool 40°
  • Machine or hand wash
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not leave wet
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

Rapha leg and waist sizing info

Waist: natural waist measurement is taken from above the hips, close to the navel.
Inside Leg: from the crotch to the base of the ankle.

    CM IN

  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 74.5 75-80 81-86 87-92 93-99 100+
    Inside Leg 76 81 81 86 86 91
  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 28 30 32 34 36 38
    Inside Leg 30 32 32 34 34 36
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uninteresting... the sense that, like every other item of Rapha clothing I own, it is accurately detailed on, true to size, designed with considerable thought, composed of fabrics that strike an impossibly fine balance between robustness and comfort, and beautifully finished: even the criticisms I have (the 'wheelsucker' logo jars slightly, other tights at this price point universally feature a pad so obviating the need for bib shorts, underwear or other item sporting a pad) really amount to an exercise in praising with faint damns in view of the outstanding comfort and apparent durability on offer.
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty average For the price I thought they would be incredibly comfey and very warm. They are warm but they do seem to be incredibly tight. More so than what would be considers normal. They also do not wash very well as the high visability backing on the left leg is washed off instantly. The first Rapha product I am not one hundred percent happy with.
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings All the reviews I read were really positive so expectations were high. However experienced very uncomfortable rubbing behind my knees on first couple of (one hour) rides. I have since practiced putting them on to ensure all seams in right place! This seams to remove the bunching of material. Hoping for some major improvements next ride because I am perfect medium (180cm 72kg) and really should be able to get dressed without too much effort. I own various tights, leg and knee warmers and have experienced no such problem before.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality over-bib tights very solid over the bib winter tights, but as with most things Rapha, the size Medium that I ordered fits in length, but not necessarily in leg girth. It is a relatively tight squeeze, though does fit well once adjusted properly. The only, and primary draw back is that these tights only seem to work well with Rapha bibs. Because of the tight fit through the legs, any bibs that have a more traditional elastic leg band will often times get rolled up and caught by the tights as you pull them over the bib. Due to Rapha's bib construction around the thigh band, they do not roll up your thigh, though bibs such as Castelli's Free Race Aero bibs will likely pose issues with the elastic band getting caught in the bib and rolling, making it difficult to reach down the tight and correct. Additionally, I would rate these bibs as practical only down to about 0 degrees Celsius and not much more. Anything below freezing, and with wind more than 5-10mph, would require more serious protection like the deep winter tights. But between 0 - 10 degrees C, regardless of wind, these provide ample protection.
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent cold weather tights I´ve had of couple of rides in these tights now and I´m very happy with them. I´ve ridden in temperatures between +6C and -3C. In dry weather they are warm and I've not been cold in them. In -3C and at a high pace (in downhills) you can feel the cold air coming trough, but nothing major. I've used them together with a Thermal bib short.
Date published: 2015-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tights I've ever owned Purchased these tights a couple weeks ago, and so far I've been very impressed. Warm in cooler weather, but even when it warmed up I wasn't dieing from the heat. It rained a bit on one ride and they were completely rain proof. Bought a pair of the XL's even thought I'm a 34 in the waist, I feel like these fit better than the L's. Quite tight so going up a size was a good option. Plus still feel like I could get some long underwear under the XL's, probably not under the L's though. One note I have larger thighs so that's another reason maybe th XL's work for me.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How did I make without? I switched from a pair of waist tying, padded winter pants to these and wonder why I had waited for so long. I like that they are made to be worn w/ bibs underneath to save on washing machine damage not to mention super comfortable. I live on the east coast and have ridden as low as 30 degrees so far w/ out the thought of being chilly. I am a recent Rapha convert and am wondering why I would waste my hard earned $$ going back. I had not done a ton of cold weather riding before and now realize I had the wrong gear.
Date published: 2015-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Job A great pair of unpadded bibs if, like me you prefer wearing your usual shorts in colder conditions under tights. The fitting is the same as my size in classic shorts. FYI - I have a pair of winter longs from 2012 that are still gong strong so have no qualms recommendomending them.
Date published: 2015-11-04
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Hello, being that I wear most Rahpa in medium, including the classic bib, would you recommend the same sizing for these? I do wear the PT bibs in large but that may be the only off size I have.

Asked by: Jake F
Hi, we recommend you choose the same size as you wear in other Rapha clothing. The fit is similar to that of the Classic Bib Shorts.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-22

Can you wear this on its own or do you need to have a padded shorts in it? Is this padded? Thanks.

Asked by: Mgarrucho
Hi, these tights are not padded and are designed to be worn over a pair of bib shorts.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-03

Does it have water-repellent treatment?

Asked by: Velo
Hi, yes, the Classic Winter Tights are water resistant, but not waterproof as the Deep Winter Tights.
Answered by: Rapha_PM
Date published: 2016-07-17

What temps are these rated for?

Asked by: Instagram SkinnyHuskey
The Rapha Classic Winter Tights are an essential piece of clothing for cold winter cycling. As such these are not rated for temperature as is it really down to individual tolerances.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2015-11-12
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