The cycling industry loves superlatives, and there may be no brand of clothing whose product is more awash in adjectives ending in -est than Assos. We're loathe to blindly pile on, but the fit of kit like the LL. bonkaTights_s7 demands it. So here goes. When it comes to bib tight fit, the LL. bonkaTights are the closest to perfection that we've had the opportunity to struggle into -- in a word, they're magical. We don't use the word "struggle" on accident, because the tights' impeccable fit means that, until you get the bibs situated and perform the requisite chamois dance, they're a bit difficult to get on. The fit is best compared to installing a new pair of hoods: wrestling them over the lever bodies seems frustratingly impossible until -- ta-da -- they slot into place to become virtually indistinguishable from the levers themselves. Like those hoods, the LL. bonkaTights seem to disappear once you get them on. Magic. The attention to fit-related minutiae that informs this hyperbole is evident in details like the articulation down the back of the leg. Assos combines strategically tapered panels of material for a fit through the back of the knee that -- at the risk of dipping into hyperbole again -- is every bit as bunch-free as riding with bare knees. Even the reflective strips on the back of the legs are only attached at the ends, as sewing the entire length to the tights would compromise the stretch and fit of the fabric. There may be some possible improvements to be made, but Assos' obsessive development philosophy means that it will likely identify those possibilities well before we do. Assos' RX heavy fabric makes up the tights' body. It's an all-new material that hits the usual cold-weather mark of a brushed inner face that creates small pockets of insulating void in order to establish a microclimate of comfort beneath its protective exterior. It also manages moisture from within and without, wicking sweat from your skin and -- with Assos' Water Resistant (W
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