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S-Phyre Bib Long Tight
When we're not in the thick of the summer riding season, it can be hard to find the motivation to ride. We're well aware in order to make gains and progress our fitness, we'll have to ride outdoors when the weather is often at its worse, but come spring, those efforts will be well worth it in the early season races. If you're serious about riding, you'll need some clothing that will help you ride comfortably year round and that's exactly where the S-Phyre Bib Long Tight from Shimano comes in. You'll receive excellent protection and comfort that will have you training at your best in cold, wet, and windy conditions.
Shimano crafts these bibs with an Anatomic 3D cut and uses high-tech 37-degree C materials to keep the rider at the optimal core temperature for peak performance. Preventing chill from wind and precipitation, Shimano strategically places a windproof and water-repellent neoprene on the outer surface, while the thermal insulation core and brushed fleece on the inside protect you over a large swath of wintery conditions. One of our favorite features is the double zipper up front that allows for a taller bib section to keep the core warm while allowing for easier nature breaks.
At the lower legs, Shimano uses a 3-layer Neoprene construction for heat retention and preventing road spray from soaking through. Additionally, it pairs well with shoe covers and booties that you're likely to wear. Reflective elements also help increase your visibility in the lower light conditions you're likely to face during the colder months.
Last up is the S-Phyre anatomic chamois, placing the padding in such a way that it offers targeted support. Its integrated Shock Absorption Technology evenly distributes pressure and absorbs shock for all-day comfort in the saddle. Everything is held in place seamlessly, eliminating chafing and pressure points while 3mm perforated vent holes provide impressive ventilation and moisture management in all conditions.
- Cold weather bib tights for staying dry and warm
- Proprietary S-Phyre material offers protection and comfort
- Water-resistant treatment keeps you drier
- Thermal fabrics and windproofing provide excellent insulation
- S-Phyre chamois offers breathability, comfort, and support
- Reflective details improve low-light visibility
- Dual-zipper front allows for a tall bib for core warmth and easier bathroom breaks
- Item #SHIU17A
- Q & A
What is the product goal?
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I ordered these with high hopes that they'd be my go-to when the weather is cold and/or messy, but, after wearing them a few times, I'm left wondering what the goal of this product really is and why they selected the materials they used.
The good: Nice chamois. No complaints there. As a pair of tights, they do a pretty solid job, but I'm going to be less likely to wear them much below 40 or if it's wet, which is what you might think they are best for by looks, design, and materials. The knee and lower quad area does have some wind block, but, in my opinion, it's needed elsewhere.
The bad: I'm guessing that the neoprene lower leg would do a good job with heavier water, but the rest of the tights don't seem to match up with that goal. In addition, every time I've worn these, my shins are soaked in sweat because the neoprene doesn't breathe at all. I'd be fine putting up with some shin sweat if the rest of the bib seemed to fit the premise of the lower legs, but that's where there is the disjointed design process seems to come in. There's no butt protection from the spray that you'll surely encounter while needing heavy neoprene on your shins. Absolutely nothing. There's no additional wind protection in the front of the groin either. If I'm going out in such nasty conditions that my shins need 2-3mm thick neoprene, you'd better believe I'm going to want something up front and attempting to keep my butt dry. I took these out in low 30F temps and came home with hot and sweaty shins and a numb penis. I'll take the opposite 10 times out of 10.
I think that many cyclists have agreed that their shins will survive on their own just fine. It's the last piece of skin to get covered up when the temps drop (knee warmers, knickers), so why are they getting the heaviest coverage of any part on these tights while the whole groin area gets completely ignored? The only scenario I can see where these work great is wet (not raining) but fully fendered bike and no colder than 40F degrees.