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Ever tried sprinting with frozen legs?
Cold weather cycling is a tricky business as the dance between too hot and too cold is a tenuous ballet. We've found that windblocking fabric is an essential step, but too much and you'll roast if the pace on the road heats up. Therefore, the Garneau Gemini Chamois Bib Tights use their Light WindDry 2 fabric sparingly. You'll find it on the front of these tights where you need it the most to be protected from bitter winds. It also wraps a bit further around the outside of the knees to provide your joints with more protection.
The remainder of the tights use Garneau's HeatMaxx insulated fabric. Its brushed interior surface offers the sort of cozy warmth that helps you feel good about the decision to leave the house on cold and blustery days. With this blend of materials, you'll be shielded from the penetrating effects of cold winds, but as you generate your own body heat, the permeable fabric in the back will still let excess heat escape. It's a perfect blend of wind protection and warmth. Garneau uses the Light WindDry2 fabric in one more conspicuous spot -- up the middle of the rear end. Since wet roads and spray from the rear tire go hand in hand with winter riding, we'd judge this to be a nice design feature. In addition to being windproof, the polyurethane treated fabric sheds water readily.
With the Gemini Bib Tights affording you the ability to get out and do your winter base miles, it comes as no surprise that Garneau equips them with their Airzone Chamois. It's Garneau's most well-ventilated pad, perfect for long training days. Its perforated memory foam is beveled at the edges and stitched into a vented four-way stretch, antimicrobial cover.
The Garneau Gemini Chamois Bib Tights are Black and are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. They are cut with 10 panels in the tights to ensure a supreme fit. All seams are flat-stitched and placed to avoid potential chafing in high-friction zones. The bib straps are wide enough to be comfortable and lay flat over your base layers.
- Airzone chamois provides ample padding under sit bones without adding bulk
- Anatomic fit for optimal movement in the saddle
- Trim features stretch fabric for a next-to-skin fit
- Ankle grippers prevent tights from shifting in flight
- Flatlock seams eliminate skin irritation
- Front & bottom reflective logos for added safety in low-light conditions
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Not the same quality as most LG products
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
I love LG products for their attention to detail and great fit and pretty much stick to LG for bibs, jerseys and accessories. These bib tights were not up to their usual standard. They were baggy around the waist and the chamois was bulky and fit poorly. I went with the Course Elite Bib Tights which fit like a glove, are lighter and do an excellent job of maintaining warmth on cold days. I'm 5'11 175 lbs with large thighs (I'm built more like a skier than cyclist) and the Large in the course elite fit great. Spend the extra money - totally worth it.
Size info for M
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 5'11", 33" waist, 30" inseam, 165lbs, slightly larger than average thighs (aren't we all though?) Bought these in a MED for winter gravel and mountian biking. Used these twice so far in 20degF + wind.
Overall top to bottom length is good. But the bottom half is just a bit too tight in the thighs and calves. Can't get them to hike up to where I think they are supposed to be in the crotch region. I would also like them to be about 1" longer in the leg, but this isn't a big deal because of socks and shoe covers. (no shoe covers would mean freezing ankles).
The wind blocker stuff seems nice, but since they are a little too tight, I almost felt like my thighs were colder than with my slightly looser pearl izumi tights without the wind block stuff. I think it is actually the wind block stuff that doesnt stretch as much as normal fabric does.
The chamois is not great, but not terrible either. Same one that is in my LG knicker bibs (which are also a MED but have lots of room in the thigh)
3 stars because of the slightly tight fit in the leg. If they stretch out a little over time, they could become a 4. (i would rate the iQ tights I have as a 4 for function, knocked down to a 3 because i REALLY like bibs over shorts/tights)
Gemini bib tights
I received these yesterday from my LBS and the material is pretty nice. I wore them this morning; dry, 30 degrees, 20ish mph winds. performed nicely. The one thing I haven't figured out yet is their fit. they're loose in the crotch so keeping the cham to hold the soldiers in place was troublesome. The overall height of the bibs seemed good. I'm going to try and hike them up higher to start next time so the men don't get a chance to move around from the start. The material is good enough that I don't mind if I have to wear some shorts underneath to make them work. For size reference, I'm 6'0'' 225, built like a linebacker, and the XL fits nicely, except for what's described above. I'll try to update once I have some more miles into them, hopefully I can get them washed and dried before tomorrow and try to get a 30 mile ride.