Assos Mille GT Thermo Rain Shell Pants review

Hardshell trousers for riding in the worst weather but with a look fit for the road cycling crowd

Assos Mille GT Thermo Rain Shell Pants
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

There’s no question that the Assos Mille GT Thermo Rain Shell Pants are an excellent option for the worst weather. For full coverage though you need to pair them with top-of-the-line Assos bib tights and that makes the cost high


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    Comfortable and fitted

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    Pre-curved knees

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    Knicker length design could add versatility

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    Comfortable waist

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    No buckles or fasteners


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    Requires Assos-specific bib tights for full leg coverage

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Riding long hours in sustained rain takes the right equipment. Starting with a pair of the best winter bib tights, adding one of the best waterproof cycling jackets is a given and you'll need to pair that with either some of the best winter cycling boots or a set of the best cycling overshoes. Even with all that gear, your feet will get wet given enough time in the rain. The key to keeping your feet dry in sustained rain is a good pair of hardshell trousers to ensure your legs stay dry. 

For many road cyclists that sounds like a style burden that just isn't worth it. Assos comes to the rescue with a hardshell trouser that fits the style of the roadie crowd as well as being one of the best technical solutions we've tried. We spent hundreds of miles riding with them in the rain, and even a little snow, to see what they were like to actually use. With that experience under our belts, we are ready to share all the details with you. So, if you are wondering about the Assos interpretation of the hardshell trouser, keep reading to see what we think of them.

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx