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Ease the transition.
Building a seasonal cycling wardrobe can be a pain in the ass, but kit like the Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Thermal Cycling Tight help ease the transition from summer to winter. The tights' Thermal Fleece material features the same moisture-managing properties as Pearl's summer weight kit, but its brushed inner face creates a lofted layer between the elements and your skin, insulating a microclimate that keeps you warm as you tick off the miles. We find the Elite Thermals ride most comfortably in the 40s and high 30s, but if you're particularly cold-tolerant they may go even lower than that.
To ensure a quality fit, the Thermal tights use six-panel construction that allows full leg articulation throughout cycling movements. This design also reduces abrasion that's typically caused by slack and bunched material from poor fit and fabric hold. To help hold everything in place, the tights use a silicone gripper at the ankle and a wide waistband. Pearl also adds 360-degree reflective accents for safer night riding, and it omits the usual bib straps in a move that spares us the imposition of a design clearly meant for men.
- A thermal cycling tight for winter base miles
- Insulated fleece creates a warm, next-to-skin microclimate
- Wide waistband maintains coverage without pinching
- Ankle zippers with garage to reduce chaffing
- Reflective branding helps keep you visible in dreary weather
- Q & A
warm and comfortable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: small
have used these in single digit temps for cycling, hiking, and snow shoeing. They seem water repellant, and are absolutely warm and do not feel scratchy. The ankle zips make it easy to take off. My only minor criticism is the the waist is mid to low rise, but because of the wide band, the tights do stay up.
Elite Thermal Tights
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: xl
They are very scratchy and uncomfortable even after washed. Could not tolerate wearing them at all.