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Old 01-14-05, 06:14 PM   #1
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Perfect Tight

Im looking at buying a pair of tights. I want them to be full length, wind proof, water resistant, and good quality. I want to spend no more than 80$. With that said , Can anyone help me pci out the right tight? There are so many. I also take it that tights are not supposed to have chamois, but that you eithor wear the shorts under or on top of the tights?

i found some : http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121 Pearl Izumi® Therma Fleece Cycling Tights

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121 Pearl Izumi® AmFIB™ Tight this one may be a little bit too pricey, but if it is really worth it i would do it.

Any advice would be nice.
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I have both of those Pearl tights and I like them both. The AmFIB is for when it's really COLD and possibly wet. The Therma Fleece are good for moderate cold which, for me is anything down to maybe 45 degrees. Below that, I reach for the AmFIB's. Either one is worth every penny in my opinion. Much better than being cold the whole way.

And I wear my shorts underneath...works for me. Feel free to wear your undies on the outside, tho... ;-)
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Do you know of any that are in my price range that are for lowest of 15 degrees F, and wind proof and water resistant?
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One more question,


Is a Cycling tight, (without chamois) the smae thing as a running tight?
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Well, they're cheaper at gearlink if you can go $9 over your budget. For what it's worth, Pearls hold up pretty well, provided you line-dry them and don't bit the pavement. I've still wear mine from last year. Also, I've had very good experiences ordering from gearlink too, so I'd recommend giving them a try.

http://www.gearlink.com/gear/AMAZING/items.asp?CartId={F3A6AE20-82FB-4DAA-A373-83358BF3EVEREST965D**&Cc=TIGHTSKNICK&ItemMoveby=1&Nbm=TK2103&Pbm=TK2101&iTpStatus=0&Tp=&sTitle=&FromN av=False

Sorry, but I can't speak to running tights as I've never been into running.

I'm still pretty new to cycling, but the AmFIBs are what my local shop recommended for cold weather. But then, we don't get as cold as you're talking. It's been in the 20s and 30s lately, but no teens - that bites!
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It really depends on what fits you best as well. REI has their windfront tights on clearance right now - about $55. They fit me very well and do the job for me. But no cycling chamois inside. But room for layering.
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I have two pair that I've used both of for 2 winters.
They are good with shorts beneath to -10c. I've worn them with shorts beneath and a 3/4 length pants put out by our company down to -40c not including windchill. All day.

That being said I rode last winter 5 days a week 10 hours a day, this winter 6 hours a day. Winter (to a southerner like myself) lasts 4-5 months here. I won't have to buy more this winter and if I stay only part-time they will get me through next winter too. Great investment. They stand up to it. Pearl Izumi are good performance tights but the stiching on them leaves much to be desired if you are planning on wearing them A Bunch. After all, you don't take a Corvette off-road though I think Chevy would have no problem with it if you did. ($ka-ching$)

Plus the $85 Canadian price tag put them within our budget even including shipping.
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In an ideal world, I would own at least:

1 pair bibs (65F+)
1 pair knee warmers/knickers (50-65F)
1 pair windproof bib tights with chamois (40-50F)
1 pair windproof tights w/o chamois (30-40F with bibs)
1 pair fitted cross-country ski pants (0-30F with either bibs or bib tights underneath)

The only piece I'm missing at the moment is the tights w/o chamois. These temperature ranges are based on my experience so far this year.
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Am-Fib, I have a couple I rotate through, very nice, legs stay very warm and dry.
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Im looking at buying a pair of tights. I want them to be full length, wind proof, water resistant, and good quality. I want to spend no more than 80$. With that said , Can anyone help me pci out the right tight? There are so many. I also take it that tights are not supposed to have chamois, but that you eithor wear the shorts under or on top of the tights?

i found some : http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121 Pearl Izumi® Therma Fleece Cycling Tights

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121 Pearl Izumi® AmFIB™ Tight this one may be a little bit too pricey, but if it is really worth it i would do it.

Any advice would be nice.
I use the Performance ones, and they work well for me.

I am shocked they are already on sale! I bought them at $80, and now they're $40? I'll have to pick up another pair or two.

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I use the Performance ones, and they work well for me.

I am shocked they are already on sale! I bought them at $80, and now they're $40? I'll have to pick up another pair or two.

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I''ll second that, My performance tights are warm, durable, and comfortable. I dodn't notice any shortcomings, give them a try.
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I''ll second that, My performance tights are warm, durable, and comfortable. I dodn't notice any shortcomings, give them a try.

What is the exact name of them?
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I saw a decent pair of Neoprene overshoes on eBay (He has many different sizes, no relation to the seller):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

I saw this too late for me as I bought PI AmFib overshoes (paid full MSRP at LBS), they are good, I'm happy with them... They work down to 25F pretty well, and you can push it a bit lower if you don't mind slight discomfort... I had to get a size XL for my MTB Spezialized Sport shoes, size 43...
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The AmFib tights worked great for me on my 0F commute one morning. They start to feel hot in the 20s/30s.
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These are the tights:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=15776

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I have not tried the Pearl Izumi tights mentioned above. However, I did buy the Performance Triflex tights last winter, I was kicking myself for not having gotten them sooner. The windfront pannels work very nicely, and they're much warmer than my previous winter tights (Shaversport lycra bibs with polyester windpannels on the inside). They also work well on cool, wet days. They're not totally waterproof, but they do provide good protection from road spray. I opted for the model without the chamois, and I wear bib shorts underneath instead. I'd highly recommend the Triflex tights.
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Thanks doest it comew with out chamois?
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Im looking at buying a pair of tights. I want them to be full length, wind proof, water resistant, and good quality. I want to spend no more than 80$. With that said , Can anyone help me pci out the right tight? There are so many. I also take it that tights are not supposed to have chamois, but that you eithor wear the shorts under or on top of the tights?

i found some : http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121 Pearl Izumi® Therma Fleece Cycling Tights

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121 Pearl Izumi® AmFIB™ Tight this one may be a little bit too pricey, but if it is really worth it i would do it.

Any advice would be nice.
I've used the Pearl Therma for many seasons to temps below 15F. They are quite comfortable although I prefer a bib tight to regular tights since they tend to keep more air trapped against your core. I also don't like the way low tights cut across my stomach. I do wear shorts under the tights and wear all jerseys under the bibs. One: it keeps the heat in. Two: try going to the bathroom in a port-a-potty when you have to take off your jacket, two long sleeve jerseys and a short sleeve jersey to get down to the straps at 20F It's not an experience I want again. Brrrrrrrrrrr.

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Where i coudlnt find it, and does that tight come as a bib?
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=15777
That's without the chamois.

I don't know if it comes as a bib. I just know these two pairs of tights. I actually have both- with and without the chamois. I wore it today. Absolutely no problems with keeping warm at 5 F when I was out riding this morning.

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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=15777
That's without the chamois.

I don't know if it comes as a bib. I just know these two pairs of tights. I actually have both- with and without the chamois. I wore it today. Absolutely no problems with keeping warm at 5 F when I was out riding this morning.

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I have two pair of these, one pair is probably seven or more years old. I love them. I have people comment to me about how much the reflective material on the zipper shows up. In the rain if you keep moving the back of your legs stay pretty dry. Of course if you stop eventually it gets in the back. I use these in the coldest weather with breathable tights underneath and padded shorts. The stitching in the front in one place started to come out a little in the old pair last year, But I just fixed it. I think you will like them more over time. An excellent value for the price.
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=15777
That's without the chamois.

I don't know if it comes as a bib. I just know these two pairs of tights. I actually have both- with and without the chamois. I wore it today. Absolutely no problems with keeping warm at 5 F when I was out riding this morning.

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Your link showed men's tights, is that what you have, Koffee?
I was gonna mention they have different tights for genders, not sure which one the original poster was.
The only winter bibbed tight in performance catalog are the Pearl Izumis and they are marked sold out. Colorado Cyclist more than likely has some too, or Nashbar.
A good pair of bibbed winter tights looks like it will cost over a hundred dollars.

Koffee, you were warm at 5 F above with JUST those tights on your legs? That's awesome.
Doublechecked mine, and they are actually Hind brand, bibbed.
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I guess they are men's. When I was at Performance, I went to the women's section, and that's what they had. I asked, and they said it was what you used whether you were a man or a woman.

I had the tights on, but I also put on a pair of my old performance rain pants too. It was more than enough.

Now my forehead hurt from the cold and wind, and I had on two skull caps and a baclava. :-/

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Your link showed men's tights, is that what you have, Koffee?
I was gonna mention they have different tights for genders, not sure which one the original poster was.
The only winter bibbed tight in performance catalog are the Pearl Izumis and they are marked sold out. Colorado Cyclist more than likely has some too, or Nashbar.
A good pair of bibbed winter tights looks like it will cost over a hundred dollars.

Koffee, you were warm at 5 F above with JUST those tights on your legs? That's awesome.
Doublechecked mine, and they are actually Hind brand, bibbed.

im A guy, just to clarify.
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