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Old 03-06-15, 09:02 AM   #1
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Amfib Tight in 40s?

I just purchased a pair of these PI Amfib Tights ... but now it looks like the weather in my hood is going to change over to 40s and 50s ... will the Amfib be too warm? Can someone recommend a tight for 40s and 50s? I'm confused by all the elite thermal barrier chamois options.
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I personally find the PI Amphib tights too warm for 40F, but I tend to like being cold on the bike more than some people so YMMV.

My favorite tights for 40s and 50s are an old pair of Perfromance tights made of a surprisingly thin (non-fuzzy) material, like the same stuff a pair of summer shorts would be made from. If you want something a bit warmer, I like the Sugoi that's thin but still fleecey/fuzzy.

Once it gets up to 50F I'm mostly riding in shorts and leg- or knee-warmers.
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Thanks, yes. Now that the weather is turning upward, I think I'd like to spend this cash on something less purely dedicated to cold weather.
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I personally find the PI Amphib tights too warm for 40F, but I tend to like being cold on the bike more than some people so YMMV.

My favorite tights for 40s and 50s are an old pair of Perfromance tights made of a surprisingly thin (non-fuzzy) material, like the same stuff a pair of summer shorts would be made from. If you want something a bit warmer, I like the Sugoi that's thin but still fleecey/fuzzy.

Once it gets up to 50F I'm mostly riding in shorts and leg- or knee-warmers.
I agree. I find the sweet spot for Amphibs to be 20F and lower. At 32F, they are starting to get uncomfortably warm.
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I agree. AmFibs are the best between 25 and 40. I use leg warmers above 40.
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I am totally new to the idea of leg warmers - do you have to wear these with traditional biking shorts/tights? Doesn't look like you can wear these with regular shorts?

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Leg warmers go under your bike shorts. They are great for the days that it starts out cold and gets warmer because you can just pull them off and stuff them in your jersey pocket. I suppose you could wear them under regular shorts, but normal bike shorts help hold the leg warmers up.
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I'm wondering if just a thermal bib tight (non-amfib) would be the way to go for 40-60 temps, i hate bike shorts.
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Why do people like or do not like Chamois?
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if you like the Pearl Izumi you might be able to use the elite Thermal tights without the barrier layer or the select thermal tights they are lighter than the am fib. As you godown the lin (p I also finpro, am fib elite, elite barrier, elite and finally select), the tighrs get less and less insulated and wind blocking. The regular elite or selects would be good for you. the Cannondale midweight tights to be good in the cool temps. In the 30's these non barrier need an underlayer for me.

It is a personal preference in the end.

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I agree. I find the sweet spot for Amphibs to be 20F and lower. At 32F, they are starting to get uncomfortably warm.
+1, "regular" bib tights or leg warmers above freezing. In the 50's I use knee warmers.
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Why do people like or do not like Chamois?
Chamois in tights have limitations. If it warms enough for you to take them off, are you going to carry a set of shorts or just let it all hang out
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if you like the Pearl Izumi you might be able to use the elite Thermal tights without the barrier layer or the select thermal tights they are lighter than the am fib. As you godown the lin (p I also finpro, am fib elite, elite barrier, elite and finally select), the tighrs get less and less insulated and wind blocking. The regular elite or selects would be good for you. the Cannondale midweight tights to be good in the cool temps. In the 30's these non barrier need an underlayer for me.

It is a personal preference in the end.

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Just was out this past weekend with the temps between 38 and 46 deg. F. I had a pair of P.I. Elite Thermal Tights (with chamois), an underlayer, thermal jersey and jacket and it was 38-41. To me, I was just cool but not cold. I would say that the regular Elite Thermal tights are good to about 40 - 50 deg. I had a pair of Elite thermal Barrier tights on the following day and the ability to block the wind took out the chill and might be able to handle a bit lower temp but not much more. I was averaging 13 mph and was out for 2 hours on Sat. and 1 hour on Sunday with these thermal tights. Also, I tend to feel warm and sweat at the drop of a hat. ON both rides, I arrived home dry wit a little coolness to the skin but not feeling cold at all.

For me, I would think that 40's -50's deg. would be good for the P.I. Elite level tights and you need to decide if you want wind protection or not. The P.I. Select level has less fleece and I would suspect would not go down as far.

As it comes to leg and arm warmers, they too come in different weights. I have a pair of the Sugoi Mid Zero arm and leg warmers. The wife picked up Sub Zero arm warmers because she wanted a bit more warmth compared to me. I know that Specialized also have multiple levels of warmth in their arm warmers. I recall seeing a 1.5 and a 2.0 series labeled on their warmers. Keep this in mind when looking for warmers.

Hope you are comfortable and dry.

Best of luck.

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It depends. If you are hammering it on a group ride, the Amfibs are probably going to be too warm at any temps warmer than the 30s. However, if you riding at a more moderate pace, they could be fine into the 50s. I used to reserve my Amfibs for only the coldest days when temps were in the 30s or lower. However, after I started commuting, I began wearing my Amfibs in a much broader range of temperatures because it's often very cold early in the mornings and much warmer in the afternoons. When commuting, you are also sitting at traffic lights a lot, so you don't overheat as easily as if you were riding continuously.

That said, for faster group rides or any ride where the starting temps are in the 40s and expected to warm up, I would probably wear my PI thermafleece tights.
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