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Old 12-19-10, 04:59 PM   #1
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Need cold weather tights suggestions

My husband needs new tights because he lost some weight and his are now a little big. I'm having trouble finding the right ones. Here's the details:

"cold" means we ride outside down to the 20s, but more typically the temps are in the 30s and 40s, or even low 50s.

He wants unpadded tights. He wears his bibs under them, and sometimes runs in them.

He specifically wants zippers in the legs.

Windproof front is a must.

My LBS had nothing that fit these criteria except PI amphibs, and he didn't like them.

Price is not as important as finding tights that have all of the features he wants.

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Old 12-19-10, 06:54 PM   #2
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In my experience, Amfibs are for 25F and below.

I have a new favorite bib tight for the upper 20s to 50s range: Endura ThermoLite. They're tough to find, but worth the hunt.
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My wife and I have used Performance Triflex tights for the last three years. They seem to fit your requirements.
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Performance Triflex. Windproof, water resistant front, zipper legs. Totally awesome for the price.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400000

I rock these underneath on the really cold days and am usually over dressed.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...0_20000_400020


If these dont work, there is always the GORE stuff. Totally awesome stuff. But you are gonna pay bug bucks!
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I can recommend the Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Tights.

I previously had their "Select" Thermal Tights, but they were not very warm or windproof. The "Elite" is a big step up for $20 more.

They do not have padding. I also wear bibs under them, and the two layers do not feel bulky.
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In my experience, Amfibs are for 25F and below.

I have a new favorite bib tight for the upper 20s to 50s range: Endura ThermoLite. They're tough to find, but worth the hunt.
Yeah, the AmFibs definitely seemed like they are for temps lower than we normally encounter.

Those enduras look nice but are hard to find. The online retailers don't carry that particular type. I'm going to keep trying.

I'm trying to talk him into these http://www.craft-usa.com/cra_shop_zo...d=671&bcsex=m# but they have no zippers.

Or maybe http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/S...1208436873514R. Does anyone have experience with those? It's hard to tell from the website what temp range they are suitable for.

As for Performance Triflex - he's currently wearing an older version of those. I think he wants to avoid Performance brand this time around, but I could be wrong.
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Yeah, the AmFibs definitely seemed like they are for temps lower than we normally encounter.

Those enduras look nice but are hard to find. The online retailers don't carry that particular type. I'm going to keep trying.
I got mine here. Flat-rate shipping to the US of $24.50 means I buy things in batches there. I've seen them elsewhere online, and two LBSs here in town carry them.
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Thanks. I'm going to run those by him and see if he likes them.

How's the sizing?
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They aren't windproof and they don't have zippers but, I bought some synthetic long john type champion brand tights from Target. I think they were $5-8a pair. I know you said price wasn't a big factor but, at that price it may be worth a shot.

I don't seem to think windproof is all that necessary at those temps. Maybe if it's especially windy. I use PI amfibs if it's awfully cold.

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I like the Craft Performance XC Storm Tights quite a bit. More than the PI Amfibs.

They have zippers. At least mine do. I've also done some XC skiing and running in them.
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Thanks. I'm going to run those by him and see if he likes them.

How's the sizing?
Consistent with other bib tights I've purchased--which means I have to buy one size larger than the specs say. According to the measurements given for PI, Endura, Sugoi, and Nashbar, I should wear a medium. I can't get mediums over my quads and have to buy large, which fit just fine. This is the case for me with all four of these brands.
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In my experience, Amfibs are for 25F and below.

I have a new favorite bib tight for the upper 20s to 50s range: Endura ThermoLite. They're tough to find, but worth the hunt.
Yup. Pear Izumi Amfibs! I have the bib version. Warm, waterproof and windproof in the front. They're not padded, I wear padded underwear with these. But yeah, too warm for above freezing.
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I have a pair of REI's Novara brand Headwind pants. I have ridden in the upper 20s with just them with cycling shorts beneath and been comfortable. They get great reviews, but it looks like they are sold out online right now.

http://www.rei.com/product/724365
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I have a pair of specialized tights with lining. The wind block isn't great, but they're lined well enough that I'm never cold above 30.

The zip up the side a little (I didn't know you could get tights that didn't), about halfway up your calf. No padding, they're over your shorts style.
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Any opinions on the differences between the Pearl Izumi AmFIBs and Pro Softshell? I'm also looking for a no-chamois, windproof bib tight for my boyfriend, and I'm having a hard time understanding if there's a good reason for the cost difference. Are the pro softshells worth the extra money?
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I brought a list of options, along with a tray of cookies, to my shop today and they were able to order the Craft Storm tights. They sponsor my team, so I figured I'd start with them.

They actually poo-poo'd (is that a word) the Enduras. They used to carry the brand but said they didn't like the way the company dealt with them. And apparently some of the items weren't durable. Oh well.
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Any opinions on the differences between the Pearl Izumi AmFIBs and Pro Softshell? I'm also looking for a no-chamois, windproof bib tight for my boyfriend, and I'm having a hard time understanding if there's a good reason for the cost difference. Are the pro softshells worth the extra money?
The Amfibs don't have chamois and the front is water and windproof. I can't compare against the other though. I only own Amfib tights, I like them, I bought another this year. They're warm, comfortable, waterproof, I don't see any areas for improvement worth extra money. The quality is on par with everything else by PI I own(ed).
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Can anyone supply a link to the PI amphibs? I can't find a seller online.

Edit: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...4_10000_202489
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Can anyone supply a link to the PI amphibs? I can't find a seller online.

Edit: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...4_10000_202489
Just saw them at Performance.
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Can anyone supply a link to the PI amphibs? I can't find a seller online.

Edit: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...4_10000_202489
Ever hear of Google? I found over a dozen sellers in about 5 seconds...
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I used many winter tights, but these PowerStrech are the best from Foxwear:

http://www.foxwear.net/products_tights.html
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My husband needs new tights because he lost some weight and his are now a little big. I'm having trouble finding the right ones. Here's the details:

"cold" means we ride outside down to the 20s, but more typically the temps are in the 30s and 40s, or even low 50s.
Just MHO, I'm not sure there is such a thing. I've got tights for the 40s, heavier ones for the 30s, and a pair for below that. I can go 10 degrees colder if I start early for a long ride, but it's usually not comfortable until it warms up an hour or two later.
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I have a couple pair of Nashbar tights that have all the features you list. I think they are called "Windrider". They are too warm for >40F (at least for me).
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I've worn my AmFibs in mid-to-high 40* temps quite comfortably, and nothing is better at 10* and below, especially with an additional polypropylene base layer. The reason they work so well is that the fronts have a tight weave that blocks the wind most water and the backs have a looser weave that breaths well yet the fabric is thicker than standard lycra so they keep you warm. Smartest tight design out there for winter riding.....
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Any update from the OP on how the wearer likes them?
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