Mille GT Winter Tight
From the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland comes some of cycling's most elite and stunning threads, and it should be no surprise that brands like Assos excel when it comes to winter-ready cycling clothing to keep you on the tarmac long after the temps take a dive for the winter. With lines like Bonka that take over winter with a head-on attitude, we know we can trust the frost-worthy fabrics of Assos, but sometimes we prefer a fit that's a little more accommodating than the race-worthy Bonka, which is why Assos crafted the Mille GT Winter Tight. These tights blend together warmth, flexibility, protection, and support, with a little more room for comfort than the Bonka, so you can get in your training rides and casual winter spins without skin-tight compression. The Mille GT are designed to pull on fast to eliminate as many barriers between you and your base miles as possible.
We love the indescribably perfect fit of Assos' top-end Bonka Tights, which virtually disappear once you pull them on, but achieving that disappearing act requires a lot of patience and a little bit of struggle to situate the bibs just so. The Mille Tights, in contrast, feature what Assos describes in typical, camel-case style as comfortFit. Near as we can tell, comfortFit means a slightly more forgiving cut, especially through the bibs and rear yoke, which makes for a much quicker application that you don't necessarily need to be 100% awake for. While this may seem like a minor luxury, it certainly appeals to us on frigid winter mornings when we're already fumbling at the coffee pot and the floor pump and one more impediment may spell a preemptive end to the ride.
Of course, this is still Assos, so comfortFit doesn't mean club fit. The attention to detail that made Assos' name is evident in details like the articulation down the back of the leg, which strategically tapers and combines panels of material for a fit through the back of the knee that's every bit as bunch-free as the Bonka Tights. Even the reflective strips on the back of the legs are only attached at the ends, as sewing the lengthwise sides to the tights would compromise the stretch and fit of the fabric.
The materials themselves are both of the RX genus, which hits the usual cold-weather benefits of a brushed inner face for insulation and rapid moisture transfer. The leading panels are RX Heavy, a material that doubles up on thermal protection with two layers at the knee, thigh, and hip, and doubles down on moisture control with Assos' new EVO water-resistant treatment. The back of the legs are made from the lighter, more breathable RX Light in order to regulate the microclimate's temperature while evacuating sweat and water vapor to ensure that a single hard interval won't condemn you to a clammy chill for the rest of the ride.
The Mille GT Winter Tights are finished with the long-distance Mille S7 EVO chamois, which has more surface area and less elasticity than Assos' summer-weight racing inserts. The Mille makes for a more stable pedaling platform across long base miles when your body position remains relatively static. It's still built with Assos' goldenGate technology, so the unattached center sides allow the chamois to move with your skin rather than against it, and it's also got a supportive pouch-like construction at the front to prevent awkward podium moments while waiting in line for a mid-ride coffee.
- Take on old man winter with frost-worthy tights
- RX Heavy front panels trap in heat with a soft brushed lining
- Keep movement free thanks to RX Light fabric that flexes with you
- Water resistant DWR coating keeps you dry from road spray
- Mille S7 EVO chamois offers 8mm of memory foam support
- Reflective details boost visibility in low light
- Assos signature fit and quality will have you motivated for those formidable winter base miles