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For core winter riders.
You may be a minority out on the road in sub-freezing conditions, but that's because you're the only one prepared for the possible horrors of winter cycling. While you're hammering, the occasional driving passerby wonders what mystical secrets you're privy to, but really, all that's needed are a few winter staples. The first and foremost in needed protection is the ultra warm, breathable Pearl Izumi AmFib Cycling Tight. Sorry to put the secret out there, but hopefully now, you'll have some company out there in the flurries.
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 handles 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 on-the-fly by opening an eight-inch lower leg zipper or its internal draft flap.
Knowing that sub-freezing riding is hard enough, Pearl Izumi wants you to float on the saddle in luxury atop its Elite 3D Chamois. The chamois uses a variable density padding that's been pre-shaped to enhance blood flow. Additionally, its breathable, four-way stretch material creates an abrasion-free surface that conforms to the body as it moves away moisture. And while a comfortable chamois is a necessity, nothing guarantees comfort like a precise fit. To ensure this, Pearl 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. Pearl also added 360 degree reflective accents for safer night riding.
The Pearl Izumi AmFib Cycling Tight is available in sizes from Small to XX-Large, and in the color Black/black.
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Looks like a solid winter piece
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just got these in preparation for winter riding. They have a really nice wind blocking exterior and comfy fleece interior. I tried them on and immediately started cooking. I expect they will hold up to the windy mid-20s F winter weather of the mid-atlantic without any trouble.
I am 6'5" and 230lbs with a 38x34 pant size and ordered the XXL. It is long enough and fits in the hips and waist. The legs are a little tight but expected in terms of compression, they are not "too small" tight.
4 stars only because it isnt cold enough outside to wear them and really see their potential yet. I suspect they are 5 star worthy.
Windproof Warm Protection
I use these as my main winter cycling tight. They should change the name to winterproof. The front panels shed wind like a Boeing and the super thick warm fleece keeps you pedaling on those brisk days. It is heavier than the thermal tights and might be overkill on not that cold days. Great on rt 1 in the early mornings.