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Louis Garneau Optimum Mat Tight - Men's

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Year round.

For cyclists who try to maintain fitness year round, winter poses a pretty obvious dilemma. Winter roads are often un-rideable unless you have a fat bike, so even the most bike-centric of us will often branch out into cross-training in order to avoid the indoor trainer. Louis Garneau's Optimum Mat Tights are, well, optimal for those situations. They'll serve as running tights during cross-training on bright winter afternoons, but while the roads are clear in late fall and early spring, they'll also ride just fine over your favorite pair of summer-weight cycling shorts. Either way, they provide protection against cold air without risk of stifling you.

  • Chamois-free tights for cross-training in the cold
  • Light material provides coverage without stifling
  • Mesh inserts behind the knees boost ventilation
  • Drawstring waistband cinches down the fit
  • Flatlock seams reduce the irritation of training in the cold
  • Pockets provide discreet storage for keys and gels
  • Reflective elements help keep you sparkly in dim conditions
  • Item #LGN00HO

Material
[face fabric] Signature Mat, Quantum, [panels] mesh
Season
fall, spring
Fit
form-fitting
Length
full-length
Pockets
1 thigh, 1 internal waist
Reflective
BioViz360
Recommended Use
road cycling, road running, trail running
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 5

Great Tights

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

These are great light to mid-weight tights, plenty warm down to the upper 30’s, without any bulk. I was surprised by the sizing, as Garneau’s chart indicated size small, but they’re a perfect fit. My inseam is 30”, and the length is perfect, they sit right at the top of my shoes without riding up or bunching at the ankle. The deep blue Dark Night color is also a plus, nice change from the basic black offered by most brands. These tights also have features not usually found at this price, including breathable panels at the rear of the knees, small inside and outside pockets, and reflective highlights. My old Garneau tights were a basic runner style, plain black and a simple cut. They wore like iron, season after season. With any luck I’ll get the same performance from these. Garneau makes good quality cycling gear at very affordable prices.

>Rating: 5

Favorite tights for temps down to 40-ish

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
145 lbs

Windproof, water resistant, light thermal lining good (for me) down to about 40F on my low intensity commute. Sizing is accurate, though as with most tights the legs run a bit long. I really like the subtle features on these--reflective striping, a couple of pockets, and some venting behind the knees, so they keep you warm without sweating. Overall, a quality product and excellent design.

>Rating: 4

Warm pants

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These are great for the early more brisk bike rides. Very nice and comfortable with extra warmth on the cold days.

>Rating:

This is maybe too much to ask, but I'm looking for a good winter (20-40 degree range) pant (doesn't have to be a tight) for mountain biking - that could potentially serve as a snowboarding base layer. I'm curious if these are insulated enough for at least the biking - boarding is just a bonus. For winter mtn biking, I typically wear a spring / summer short (zoic) over top of thermal baselayer bottoms and that works fine, but those baselayers (which you don't want to just wear open / biking style) can get too hot. Thoughts?

these are quite thin, thickness similar to a dryfit tshirt, good for a slightly chill day only. the Castelli version is nice thick fleece for the 20-40 range

Look into the pearl izumi amfib pants or bib (no chamois) I use them for coldest winter rides and for skiing (not as a base layer but as an only layer as they have really nice water resistance built in)

They have a thin insulation layer, not sure I'd want to go down to 20F with them unless working hard/high cardio activity.