C7 Gore Windstopper Pro Bib Tights+
Your training can't afford to take a break just because the weather isn't perfect. So, if you're dealing with less than ideal conditions, instead of hibernating this winter, get yourself the C7 Gore Windstopper Pro Bib Tights+ from Gore Wear and stay fit without losing your mind on the trainer for hours on end. These tights feature a GORE Windstopper membrane to provide protection against precipitation and icy winds without sacrificing breathability.
Up top, these bib tights feature a mesh back for better ventilation with better moisture management and transfer to your base layers. The mesh extends to the flat bib straps, again contributing to better breathability and less bulk under layers. Down at the leg openings are zippers that help facilitate a snug fit while allowing easy entry and exit from the garment.
Long hours in the saddle will be met with comfort thanks to the Expert Road insert. This chamois features multi-density padding for support and cushioning road chatter and its inclusion of a GORE Windstopper Cup on the front keeps chilly blasts of wind from freezing sensitive bits. Lastly, the reflective logo and print will help you stay a little more visible during the months where daylight is at a premium.
- Windstopper bib tights provide warmth and protection from the wet
- Insulates to keeps your lower body warm
- Expert Road chamois cushions the road blows
- Full mesh bibs for optimal support and ventilation
- Windstopper Cup technology at insert keeps the chill from seeping in
- Reflective logo and print increases visibility
- Item #GWR0057
- Q & A
At least it was on sale...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The only thing I can say about these is at least I got them at a good sale price. All clothing is a compromise in size and fit to get it to perform and be comfortable on as many people as possible. These though weren’t so much a compromise as a random assortment of sizes and fits to ensure it fit no one well.
The legs aren’t just tight (after all, that’s what I want), but are downright restrictive. And despite this, they still manage to hike and ride up.
The seat padding is far thicker than you proebbely want, and yet the whole thing fits like a baggy diaper.
The suspenders are comfortable. But they are comfortable because they are so stretchy and soft that they don’t actually provide any function.
My advice... buy something else, even if these are on sale.
Large Seam at Knees
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
My old Gore Oxygen tights are my go to bib tights for the cold. They are getting old, so I purchased these as a replacement after talking to Gore. I tried them on my trainer briefly. The seam at the knee was very annoying. It chaffed the back of my knee. I had to return them. I did like the fit though. I am 5 10 and 155 lbs and bought a medium.
Why doesn't anyone review tights?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
No reviews for tights so I guess I'll write one.
I'm 174lb, 6'2".
I purchased these tights instead of some LG & Castelli for the following reasons:
- Tighter "race" fit on the legs, especially lower calf. When tights get wet they tend to sag so I was trying to avoid this. LG was the worst offender, Castelli was slightly loose in the knee.
- Windproof panelling on the length of the entire leg except the knee joint. The knee material is lighter weight than the double panelling on the rest of the front facing material. It doesn't bunch in the knee and I don't notice it adversely when I'm riding. I notice my unshaved legs a lot more than I do the tights in other words.
In moderate rain with temps in the low 40F's the tights were warm enough but you feel a slight prick of the cold. As I warm up, and stop caring about the outside world I forget about the tights and feelings. If you had to stop pedaling or had a long wet downhill descent I think you may start to feel the cold creeping in. Out of the saddle you can feel the water running down your legs, they are not waterproof. I'd hesitate to even say water resistant - they are windproof on the front so the water doesn't cool you down a lot in a wind but if you need to be dry these are not the tights for you.
In the dry low 30F temps, the tights excel. Quite warm and windproof and I never overheated. More of a challenge to get the upper layers right so you don't soak in sweat but also can maintain tempo pace.
Have not used them in warmer weather than mid 50F - For reference I was using knee warmers and wool arm warmers in those temperates until I picked up these tights. Both were comfortable to low 50F but the tights make it "easier" to saddle up in the early morning cold ;)
The chamois is pretty thick initially, felt like I was sitting on a sponge. After a week of riding it gets thinner and is out of the way and comfortable. Its not of any particular note now.
Cost is prohibitive. They are expensive.
I'm buying another pair with neon for really sh*t weather riding. The black has some reflective accents but nothing serious. (Why does everything have to come in black?)
Oh and Gore has terrible marketing for their Gore line. The 7 series stuff is for "pro applications", the 5 is more casual riding, the 3 is for people that "sometimes" ride a bike.
The 7 series jacket was "too" pro for commuting for example (tight fit, expensive, difficult to remove while riding in commute attire), but the tights are fine for commuting.