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The new wave of protection.
Rain and wind often work as a team with cold weather, attempting to push you toward the confines of your gym or home trainer earlier in the season than you'd prefer. Fortunately, Pearl Izumi created a new collection around its advanced Barrier fabric technology, which keeps you protected from the elements as you pedal away out there. The Elite Thermal Barrier Tights are at the top of this new line, which were designed to be your all-around shield against Mother Nature's relentless storm cycles.
For the construction of the tights, Pearl Izumi incorporated panels of both its Elite Thermal Fleece and Elite Barrier fabric. Elite Thermal Fleece is essentially two of Pearl Izumi's advanced materials in one. It relies on the exceptional moisture transporting properties of its Transfer fabric to keep you dry, while the lightweight brushed fleece interior helps to insulate your leg muscles. The Transfer fabric works by transporting sweat away from your skin to the quick-drying outer-surface of the fabric. This material earned its reputation of setting the standard for moisture management fabrics, largely because it's the foundation for the breathable, wicking fabrics used in the majority of Pearl Izumi's jerseys. A lightweight thermal fleece material was then blended with the Transfer, providing just the right amount of insulating protection. Elite Barrier fabric panels were then strategically placed throughout, serving to block the wind and to repel water. Together, these materials work as a system to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable during your early and late season rides.
The elasticity in the panels, along with the constructed leg articulation, allow the tights to follow your movements in the saddle. This means that the fit is free from any bunching, pinching, or chafing while in the cycling position. Pearl Izumi calls this its 'form fit,' which is cut to closely follow the contours of your body, while still providing a full range of motion. Combined with the anatomic cut and elastic Elite Thermal and Barrier fabrics, the smooth flatlock stitching used to join the tights' panels further reduces any friction at the seams.
The tights were finished off with eight-inch lower-leg zippers that flow into the contoured leg openings. With the zippers featuring internal draft flaps and the leg openings providing added coverage over your shoes and booties, your lower-legs and feet retain warmth and stay shielded from the elements. Additionally, silicone grippers at the ankles keep the tights securely in place, and reflective elements increase your visibility to motorists in low-light riding conditions.
The Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Barrier Tights are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Black/black. Please note that these tights do not feature a chamois. Accordingly, they're ideal for multi-sport use, as well as layering with your favorite pair of shorts.
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Great pair of tights
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I own a pair of Elite, as well as a pair of Select tights from PI. There is a definitive difference in the insulation and wind-blocking ability between the two. I've worn the Elite tights in the very low 30s and remained comfortable.