Funkier by name but thankfully not by nature, there’s nothing in the sober styling of these thermal bibtights to upset the fashion police, nor will they smell any worse than other brands if left unwashed.
You might work yourself into a sweat putting them on though – I’m fairly lean but it took a fair amount of wriggling to squeeze my way in. It was worth the effort, however, as I was immediately impressed by the comfortable fit. This is no small feat: my long-back, short leg body shape means bibs usually cut into my shoulders like cheesewire with the legs remaining wrinkled like Nora Batty’s tights.
By contrast the Funkier’s high-zipped, close fitting torso took all the strain away from the shoulder straps and the size Medium was perfect for my 32” leg and 5ft11in frame.
Zipped ankle cuffs feature an elasticated stretch panel that contributes to the snug fit and internal silicon grippers keep them in place. The ankles and back panel also feature the brand’s logo which is sublimation printed into the fabric improving breathability and avoiding the inevitable and tatty peeling-off logo look.
Out on the road the 17-panel Lycra is breathable enough to avoid significant sweat build-up but on the flipside, rain soon makes its way through to your skin. Providing you’re warm this is of little consequence and the supersoft micro-fleece lining offers good enough insulation for rides at 5°C or above. Perhaps most importantly, the high-density foam chamois was so comfortable I was barely aware of it.
This is superbly comfortable bibtight for the money but for rides in freezing or foul weather you’ll need a little more protection from the elements.