Craft refers to them as "tights" however I actually would probably call them more of a pant as they kind of have a slightly looser fit to them. I like this because since the tights don't come with padding I usually just wear a plain old set of riding bibs underneath them. They also look a bit more casual for say riding to a brewery and such. However, they are definitely tight enough to enhance performance on the bike and you never have to worry about them getting caught in the drive train or bunched up on your saddle...even when you are riding over people!
|Photo Credit: Andy Gregg (Marquette Photo)|
I have had the same pair of Craft tights for I believe close to 3 years now and they are just getting to the point that I think I need to replace them. So I like the durability.
This year I also purchased my first pair of the Craft Storm Bibs and they are easily my new favorite!! My biggest concern is usually keeping the booty warm so I was worried that since the bibs would be just one layer it would be too thin. However, I have found these bibs to be actually even slightly warmer than the storm tights I've been riding. These bibs definitely fit more like a standard tight/bib short and are made out of a nice fleece material to keep the legs warm! And to quote Tom, apparently these bibs make my legs look "really powerful." Of course, that was exactly what I was going for :)
|Rocking the Craft Storm Bibs at the Frozen Frolic, maybe Tom is right....|
Photo Credit: Maple Grove Cycling
So when comparing the TIGHTS to the BIBS I'd say it really comes down to style and preference. So go ahead and pick your poison!!! Or hell If you can swing it, buy both!