Altura Progel Plus Women's Cycling Bib Tights review – good value, shoulder season option

Full body frontal coverage with flexibility and weather protection at a good price, but the back is fiddly to close with limited rear protection

Full view of Altura Progel Women's Bib tights
(Image: © Rhian Atherton)

BikePerfect Verdict

Comfortable and flexible tights with added front protection from the colder elements and reflective visibility. They're difficult to fasten up and the chamois is sparse at the front, but decent value all the same.


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    Warm without bulk

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    Front weather protection

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    Value for money


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    Not enough rear coverage

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    Fiddly rear clasp

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    Chamois is a tad small

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When looking for your next best MTB pants or choosing your next new pair of bib tights, you need to consider what is important to you; maybe you look for premium chamois quality for longer rides or weather protection and comfort. There are features such as material and construction or how they feel while riding, whether for a bikepacking adventure or a local gravel jaunt.

These tights have a different design from the ‘norm’ you find with women's bib tights. They provide extra coverage at the front; in fact, the fabric covers the front similar to a vest top would. This is perfect for better protection from the cold chill in the air during winter/fall rides. The other unique feature is the rear clip to fasten them up. It is similar to a sports bra and offers that little extra support around the bust. Simple things, but some may like tight support around the upper body. Of course, when there are buckles and fastenings involved, this can also result in a negative reaction to what should be something simple.

A woman wearing altura Bib tights showing the front mesh material

Front view of the bib tights showing the front mesh material that offers full coverage (Image credit: Rhian Atherton)

Design and Specifications

Thermal brushed-back fabric is used on these bib tights, creating a comfortable feel that isn’t too tight and restrictive but with enough support around the legs. Inside is a soft fleece-type texture which makes wearing them super comfortable while keeping my legs warm.

The outer fabric features a water-repellent treatment to defend against rain and mud, ideal for the colder winter months and the spring when it’s possible to be caught out from the sudden rain showers. 

A mesh front panel acts as a second layer that covers all of the front of the body and around the sides underneath the arms. The tights fasten up around the back with a clip that slides together and clips closed.

The thick bib straps sit flat against the shoulders and chest, offer comfort, and feature the Altura branded logo embedded into the fabric. The chamois pad is Altura’s 3D Progel Plus pad made using Italian materials and a molded design for support and comfort for rides four hours or longer. There is reflective detailing on the lower part of the leg with stripe graphics and on the upper thigh with a reflective Altura logo, offering low light visibility.

A woman wearing bib tights standing next to her bike

The bibs use comfortable and flexible materials with a fleece inner, paired with a DWR coating for cold weather riding (Image credit: Rhian Atherton)


Sliding the tights on and I felt the instant support and comfort. The material isn’t thick and bulky even with its water-repellent coating and is the ideal weight for transitioning from winter to fall and spring, where there is still a chill in the air. The water repellent worked excellently during a quick blast through the puddles. I felt the soft fleece inner was comfortable against my skin and kept my legs warm and cosy during a cold ride. At first, I felt a little of the wind chill, but once riding, it was a good temperature and no sign of overheating.

Side view of the bib tights showing contrasting materials

The bib tights offer lots of front torso coverage (Image credit: Rhian Atherton)

The front resembles a thin vest as it covers my entire torso. This mesh section at the front was a welcome bit of luxury, acting as a second barrier underneath my jersey. Unfortunately, the back had little protection from the outside elements except for the straps that fastened the bibs up. At first, I was aware of the big area at the back that didn't have much coverage as I felt the cold air, but as the intensity of the ride increased, the gap around the lower back allowed for ventilation. I found they were very breathable all over while at the same time offering lots of coverage in the important areas and enough areas of ventilation for effective body temperature regulation.

A woman showing the back of the bib tights where the straps close with a plastic clasp

The rear clasp is fiddly to get into place but does offer plenty of support once in position (Image credit: Rhian Atherton)

The super comfortable chamois gives lots of support, but while in the typical riding position, I felt the pad just wasn't big enough, particularly at the front. The pad was just on the cusp of where the chamois was positioned and made me wonder how this would feel after a long sportive where I'm usually in the saddle for six plus hours.

The clasp at the back was very fiddly to close. With a lot of patience and after learning to become a finger dexterity master, I almost got it right, but in the end, I had to ask someone else to help. With some practice, I got used to where to slot which part of the clasp, but initially it’s too fiddly. This was a big downside as I often needed to undo them for a toilet break. 

The ankle cuffs feature a grippy material that gives so much traction I could barely work my foot through the hole. I was very impressed with its grip during the ride though. There is no zip fastening, so once my foot was through there was no turning back. I had to either put my socks on first so the tights slid over the top or go for the socks over the hem look – which works well if you wear mid-top winter shoes.

The hem of the bib tights feature grippy material to keep them in position

The ankle hem is very grippy and the lower leg features some reflective detailing for low light (Image credit: Rhian Atherton)


The Progel Plus tights are a good option for the back end of winter, moving the spring or when fall is approaching winter. High-performance materials that feature rain defense on the legs and the reflective sections ensure visibility when the light is low or rides are on the road in the dark. The high front torso coverage provides excellent wind protection and also adds another thin layer to shield from the unpleasant weather while helping to maintain an overall comfortable body temperature. The chamois is supportive and perfect for short and longer rides, but I didn’t feel it offered enough overall protection in terms of forward coverage.

The inner chamois construction has multiple zones of different thickness

Altura's chamois is supportive and comfortable enough for short rides, but I feel it needs to be bigger (Image credit: Rhian Atherton)

Endura's Women's Pro SL EGM Bib Tights are similar in coverage and construction. These have the edge over the Altura tights here with its better winter weather protection and a unique feature: a dropped seat for an easier ‘nature break’ and extra knee fabric for better maneuverability. The price reflects this though as they cost over £100 more. On par with the price are the Endura Xtract Womens Cycling Bib Tights - 400 Series Gel Pad with fleece material and cold weather defense, but lacks the added weather resistant finish of the Progel Plus.

Tech specs: Altura Progel Plus Women's Bib Tights

  • Price: $97.00 / £80.00 / AU$145.00
  • Materials: Thermal 260gsm brushed-back fabric
  • Sizes: UK 8 - UK 20 (Size 12 tested)
  • Colors: Black
Rhian Atherton
Freelance writer

Living in a quaint village surrounded by Shropshire’s rolling hills, Rhian is usually found exploring on the gravel bike or shredding her full-suspension machine a bike park, finishing in the cafe to sample the coffee and cake. She still enjoys dipping her toe in racing, even after 29 years. Rhian has a BA Hons in Sports Journalism, and a passion for writing and sharing her knowledge that has seen her contribute to Bike Perfect, Cyclist, and other international cycling websites.