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Warm is the new cool.
We live in a new golden age of cycling, and this isn't because there's a new Jacques Anquetil or Eddy Merckx on the cover of every magazine, but because technology is making it easier and easier for the masses to get out at anytime throughout the winter. Case in point is the Pearl Izumi AmFib Bib Tight. While still retaining the fit and feeling of a race-day bib tight, the AmFib wicks, warms, and breathes at temperatures well below freezing. There's no longer any reason to roast chestnuts by the fire instead of ride. Get out there.
Pearl Izumi's AmFib Cycling Tight is made from a blend of Pearl's Elite Softshell and Elite Thermal Fleece fabrics. These fabrics were
selected in order to ensure a hand-in-hand system of consistent warming
insulation, effective moisture transfer, and protection from wind and
water. The Thermal Fleece fabric picks up the slack in regards to
thermo-regulation and wicking, whereas the Softshell material has been
interspersed in key exposure areas to eliminate element intrusion. The
two fabrics coordinate effectively, so much so that Pearl Izumi gives
the AmFib tight a thumbs up for weather conditions as low as 15 degrees.
In case you're concerned of the tight getting too balmy at the
upper end of its 40-degree recommended usage, you can ventilate from an opening at the top of the waist—although its main intention is for easy nature breaks.
Knowing that sub-freezing riding is hard enough, Pearl Izumi wants you to have a comfortable and precise fit. To ensure this, they designed the cut to allow full articulation during cycling. The lower leg also follows a contoured shape that leads to an integrated stirrup and a gasket that allows the tight to be worn over a shoe. Not only does this streamline and secure the fit, the design retains an uninterrupted insulation layer. Additionally, the AmFib uses a breathable, but warming, mesh upper and bib straps. Pearl also added 360 degree reflective accents for safer night riding.
The Pearl Izumi AmFib Bib Tight is available in sizes from Small to XX-Large, and in the color Black/black. Please note that this tight does not include a chamois.
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are the old style Amfibs still available,...
are the old style Amfibs still available, with leg zipper? and without the gaiter design. Not sure this will work with my winter boots? I've had 2 pairs of the older style and love them!
Pearl Izumi does make these same bib tights in a version with an 8" zipper at the cuff of each leg, but unfortunately that is not something we typically carry. Due to the variety of brands that we carry, we tend to carry some of our favorites and the most popular items from each collection. For a bib tight of similar temparature range, the Gore Bike Wear ALP-X is another one to check out, although it doesn't have the zippers. The Castelli Sorpasso Bib tights are great, but restricted to the 30-40 degree range for most riders.
Nice fitting warm bib tights
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 5'6", 150lbs and I ordered the MD size. The fit was good, wasn't super tight and wasn't loose either, just perfect. In winter, my fingers and legs usually get cold really fast, no matter how hard I pedal. I tested these tights in 28-32F weather and they kept me warm. I wouldn't say I was toasty, since the back panels of the bib tights have minimal insulation for extra breath ability. If you are looking for an inexpensive pair of bib tights to keep you warm between 20-40F weather, then you won't go wrong with these.
1. The fleece lining ensures that they keep your legs warm.
2. The wind breaker softshell fabric is all over the front, which helps on windy days.
3. The wind breaker softshell also resists water.
4. Foot stirrups keep the tights in position without letting them run up.
1. Heavy - due to the heavy fleece and softshell fabric, they are heavier than most other tights.
2. The fabric has rubbery feel to it, almost like a light weight wet-suit.
3. No ankle zippers - makes it hard to put them on.
Well done Pearl
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
If the goal is to ride in WET: winter wind and drizzle, these are the thing I'd say. For dry cold and temps below freezing I'd do something else. This is basically a half-millimeter wet-suit carefully tailored into cycling bibs. So, they have a very compressive fit and good wind resistance. (Wear them tight as with a wet-suit. I'm 5, 11.5; 182 lb and a MED is perfect.) You'll be wet but less miserable for the same reason a wet-suit works in cold water. This 2013 model of Amfib improves over the older one due to the stirrup and integrated gasket: Stirrup goes inside your shoe and the gasket goes OVER your shoe cover like a gaiter thus directing the water outside your shoe. The back is a cool spot as another reviewer indicated; noticeable in a deluge but NBD to me personally. Pearl runs larger than the euro stuff. I was surprised to take a MED as I have other Pearl bib shorts in a large.
Warm Front Legs Cold Hind Legs
The windproof panels on the front of the bibs do a very good job at insulating and protecting your legs from the elements BUT there is a light fleecy NON-windproof material on the back and therefore cold butt and cold rear quads. From 30 degrees and below you ll probably need base layer tights.
are these the elite version. do they have...
are these the elite version. do they have a 8 inch lower leg zipper?