Cool, dry or semi-dry weather can offer the most pleasant cycling of the year. It is easy to extend your cycling range when you have the gear, and Garneau has a strong reputation for great shoulder season pieces. The Solano Tights have been an essential part of their collection for quite a few years now and this model is their third evolution. The Solano 3 Tights feature a softshell laminated fabric at the front of the legs and back of the calves protecting from oncoming wind and precipitation, as well as on back of the leg to catch kick-up spray. Two other fabrics are used to complement this Supra WindDry shoftshell, with Garneau's HeatMaxx tight knit fleece delivering thermal properties and wicking away moisture, and Endurexx, a chemical resistant knit which is soft to the touch, and glides over the skin. In this sub $120 tight, there is substantial fabric technology for the dollar, and that doesn't factor in the quality construction, features, and noted durability.
Garneau offers the cycling cut Solano 3 in two versions- which come down to "no chamois" like this one, and "chamois". Why, if it is cycling tight does it come without a chamois pad? Many brands offer these options, and the primary reason is individual preference. Some people prefer the fit and pad of their cycling shorts. Some might want to start a ride with tights, then remove them when it gets too warm. Many commuters may already use a liner short with a pad under regular clothing, but need more warmth on a cool day. One other aspect is how the tight fits overall. This standard cycling fit from Garneau is form fitting, but not race-level snug. Many serious cyclists will opt for a properly fitting bibtight, which hold a seat pad in place and have less waist pressure. Now, with the Solano 3, Garneau has improved the fit, hold and comfort with the new HiTop waistband, which also has a drawstring, which both pad and and no pad options benefit from.
As far as other key features, the designers added an easy-access pocket to the right thigh, for conveniently stores nutrition or needed essentials. The ankle cuffs are easy to pull over and have a stitched structure to prevent distortion. Finally, there are reflective accents front and rear for visibility.