Pursuit of Happiness.
Staying warm and dry are two things that lead to happy cycling when the mercury drops. Pearl Izumi's Men's PRO Pursuit Cycling Bib Tights are designed to do both by placing different materials where needed to achieve those goals and keep you, the cyclist pleased. PRO level, 3-layer softshell panels protect key splash zones on the legs and block wind while thermal panels with water-shedding PI Dry technology simultaneously offer ventilation, breathability, mobility, and weather protection and are used on the back of the legs and bib uppers. PRO Pursuit 1:1 Chamois feature multi-density foams for targeted support and maximum breathability providing a solid foundation for churning the pedals and accumulating the winter base miles. Raw edges on the bib straps make for comfortable layering, while zipperless soft elastic cuffs hold the ankles securely in place and work well with thicker winter socks and shoe covers. Pearl Izumi recommends these bib tights in conditions ranging from 28- to 43-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Winter bibtights for staying dry and warm
- Softshell in key areas offer protection and mobility
- Thermal fabric offers excellent insulation
- PRO Pursuit 1:1 chamois offers extreme comfort
- Soft elastic cuffs keep elements out and heat in
- Item #PLZ00JT
- Q & A
Decent mild winter tight
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 175lbs
While the legs are effectively windproof, the chamois area is not. For riding in relatively still air, I was surprised to not have any issues riding down to about 40 degrees. Most of my riding in these tights has taken place in the 40-45 degree band. Below that point, some extra insulation is needed in the front of the chamois. If the wind is howling, I find that the insulation is needed at a slightly higher temperature. Anything above 45 would be a bit too warm for me in these tights especially if the sun were out. I have used these in the mid 30s but that was getting a bit chilly in these though the areas with wind protection were fine. I will say that when I start to get cold riding down in the drops does limit the exposure.
The tights are form fitting and seem well made. The chamois is comfortable but given the lack of wind proofing does kind of limit the functionality. For reference, I use these in colder conditions than the Castelli Sorpasso wind tight. I definitely would not be using these in the sub 35 degree range. The tights are also minimalistic with regards to reflective patterns or such. I have not been caught out in wet with these so I cannot speak to the water resistance. Finally, the length is pretty good for my height (at least consistent with other brands).