Articulated warmth for cool rides.
Never suffer from cold, cramped-up legs again, at least not when you're wearing the toasty-warm Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Thermal Tights. These full-length cycling tights forgo an integrated chamois, instead layering over your preferred cycling shorts for customizable padding and protection on longer hauls. Plus, its articulated legs promote full mobility when you're pedaling at a high cadence, ensuring you're never held back or restricted in movement.
Ideal for cool transitional months, these cycling tights use Pearl's well-insulated Elite Thermal Fleece for extra warmth on crisp fall spins and breezy spring afternoon rides. Not only does this outstanding material keep your lower-body and legs pleasantly warm, but it also actively wicks perspiration to reduce the cold, clammy feeling associated with less-breathable garments. Other key features include an 8-inch lower leg zip with a full-length draft flap, as well as 360-degree reflectivity for boosted visibility after dark.
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
These were to replace some tired Canondale tights that I've used for road riding for years. I ride all winter in MN and wanted a bit more wind protection than my old ones. I also have a pair of Gore tights that I never wore. They were warm down to the 'teens but felt like a scuba suit that I found was very restrictive limiting range of motion.
Used the Pearls for the first time on my morning commute in 37 degrees for an hour and half over my bib shorts. Just perfect! Great flexibility, the light fleece feels great, thigh area reflects the wind as I wanted. I would probably even go down to the high 20s with these. Very well made.
And to pick up a pair for slightly more than $50 is a total steal!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Here's the scoop...Until now, I've never owned any Pear Izumi products and I've never considered riding in tights and I'm glad I decided to try these Elite tights because they're an outstanding alternative to leg warmers, for riding in chilly temps in the 50's to low 60's and perhaps down to the upper 40's.
In winter months, I've always used Assos knee warmers or leg warmers with Assos or Rapha bib shorts and they've been fine with the occasional need to re-adjust leg warmers on a ride. These Izumi Thermal Tights are reasonably priced and so far, more comfortable than wearing leg warmers and I can take them off and stuff them in my jersey if it warms up. Also, the big plus with these, is that you can wear your favorite bib shorts.
I'm very impressed with the quality of Pearl Izumi. The stitching is well done, fabric is light, warm and surprisingly comfortable to wear over your bibs. I bought a size M and the fit is very body hugging snug and the length is fine. The fabric has a moderate amount of stretch and compression, overall really nice. No bunching around the knees when you're on the bike and the leg zippers work perfectly. You could also use these for other sports like running or skating so overall these tights without a chamois are worth the modest investment. In fact, where I ride, I don't really have a need for high end winter bibs, these are probably all I need for winters in So. Calif.
And consider this; I've been wearing these tights with my Assos T cento bib shorts. To have the same Assos T cento chamois in a winter bib tight, it would cost me 5X as much as these Izumi tights!
Based on the fit, M should work up to a 32.5" waist, but may be too tight for 33" waist.
FY: 5'8.5", 160 lbs, 32" waist
Benchmark cold weather tights
Application: These are the best tights for riding in the Winter (over your bibshorts); in dry 45 to 60 degree weather.
Pearl Izumi USA is based in Boulder, CO. They know winter cycling. And they offer the largest selection of winter tights in the business. Pearl Izumi also designs great fall/winter gloves, caps, and warmers.
Wear these Elite tights with no chamois over your favorite bib shorts (that you know and love). Perfect! These are a versatile (because you can take them off mid-ride during a morning ride if it warms up) and affordable solution to riding in cold weather.
These also offer typical PI quality and attention to detail. For example, the zipper garage at the bottom so your zipper doesn't flap with every pedal stroke. No one else does this!
Because the Pearl Izumi range of cycling tights is so extensive, here is the breakdown:
Select line -Mid-weight fabrics/textiles designed for use during cool Fall and Spring riding.
Elite line -Slightly thicker material for use in colder Fall, Spring, and Winter riding.
P.R.O. line -Thickest, most advanced textiles for deepest Winter protection.
"AmFIB" (amphibious) adds water-resistance. "Barrier" adds further cold and wind-protection.