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Microfleece tights. . .(14 posts)

Microfleece tights. . .js5280
Dec 11, 2001 11:42 AM

Wanted to get some feedback on microfleece tights. I like my arm and leg warmers made of this material. I'm thinking a pair or two would be nice for cycling, but also thinking they'd be handy for running and skiing too. No padded crotch of course. Anyone else have feedback on this strategy or recommend some alternatives. Thanks much!
re: Microfleece tights. . .brider
Dec 11, 2001 12:41 PM
Good material -- I have a pair from Pearl Izumi. However, by the time the temp gets low enough to wat this material on the legs, you would also want something more in the way of wind blockage over the knees. I have a pair of bib-tights from Performance that utilizes microfleece, with a neoprene covering over the knee area. I find these much more to my liking when riding. The microfleece only are fine for running.
Definately would have snow pants over top of tights for skiing..js5280
Dec 11, 2001 1:24 PM
I would wear snowpants over top for skiing. I like the ideas of tights underneath because it's much more comfortable than say jeans, which aren't real warm, kind of bulky.
re: Microfleece tights. . .cold boy
Dec 11, 2001 12:56 PM
FoxWear Powerstretch tights.
re: Microfleece tights. . .pmf1
Dec 11, 2001 1:17 PM
They're great for cool or moderately cold weather. For cold weather, its nice to have something with panels on the front. If you were to only have one pair, I'd opt for the micro fiber because chances are you'll ride much more when its cool than when its really cold. I've got a got of Pearl Izumi that have lasted two winters so far (they are getting worn though).

Definitely want a pair with no chamios. Also consider a bib pair. The normal (non-bib?) kind will ride down your butt when riding. I used to actually wear my shorts over top of my tights to prevent this. The few extra bucks you spend on bibs would probably be worth it to you. Sure is to me.
re: Microfleece tights. . .azroadie
Dec 11, 2001 1:55 PM
I have a pair and use them for everything. Time to invest in another two or three. I have used them for snow skiing and love them. Recently I have been using them for the gym and just love them..a little to warm at times but rather too much then not enough. I have the Pearl Izumi and found that Supergo had them for 70 with no padding.
re: Microfleece tights. . .DAC
Dec 11, 2001 2:20 PM
Microfleece does a poor job of protecting you from the wind, and it soaks up moisture like a sponge. You can't wash the damn things in most washers without throwing the thing off-balance on the spin cycle! I'll never buy anything microfleece again.
FYI on SALEcoonass
Dec 11, 2001 4:42 PM
I just received a pair of these tights..they are between a Microsensor weight and a typical Winter-tight's weight (the ones with the nylon front & thick interior fleece) The Hind's exterior is a little heavier than Microsensor, and the interior is a light (almost suede) fleece; no nylon....fits snug like I ordered another pair, just in case I 'test the road surfaces'..
(yes, they also have some for the Ladies)

Hind Arctic Drylete® Tights (For Men)
Item Number: 04784
Sale Price: $29.97
Regular Price: $49.99

Made with Hind's DryLete® fabric that provides comfort for a wide variety of cold weather outdoor activities. Elastic waistband and ankle grippers keep tights in place and keep the cold out. Avg. Wt. Made in USA.

Hind Artic Drylete®
This multi-task thermal fabric siphons perspiration away from the skin and dries quickly. Soft, non-pilling nylon/Lycra® knit exterior combined with a non-pill low pile polyester fleece interior adds up to warmth, comfort and excellent performance. Effective in both inner and outer layer applications.
Awesome, what I'm looking for at the right price. Thx!(nm)js5280
Dec 11, 2001 5:32 PM
Dec 11, 2001 7:09 PM
I need a new pair of tights and that is a great price!
I love my microfleece, but.......sprockets2
Dec 11, 2001 6:23 PM
it is not the best for all conditions. It is somewhat open, so it is not impervious to wind, especially on a bike. In the rain, it will pick up and hold some water in its open structure, although it is 1000x better than cotton.

I agree with the other poster that you should use it as an undergarment in the cold and wet, and they are good for running but they get warm.

I can't miss a chance to plug the best performance fabric for wet and cold conditions, especially without a shell layer: POLYPROPYLENE. If you never have tried them, get a pair of Performance polypro tights with a chamois. They are terrific in cool and wet conditions. I wear them whenever I need a tight and it is cool. The only downside is they are not as plushy as fleecy things.
If you do get microfleece, buy PolarTec, from Malden Mills. . .sprockets2
Dec 11, 2001 6:33 PM
This company-basically an extension of one very good person-has again run into some trouble. They had a fire a few years ago and the owner kept the workers on payroll while they rebuilt. They have been fighting back, but the market has changed while they were away.

They have been a good model of corporate civic and environmental responsibility (as much as a polyester plant can), and labor policy. They are coming back, the workers support the management, they just need us to buy their stuff. Not all fleece is PolarTec, by Malden Mills. Ask for it by name and keep one of the good ones going. Thanks, folks.
I'll 'Second' thatcoonass
Dec 11, 2001 7:46 PM
If you buy fleece products manufactured with Polartec fabrics, you are getting high performance, high breathability, warmth, etc.= the can't go wrong!....if you want these specs plus wind protection, look for Polartec Windbloc-ACT (Air Control Technology)...windproof, breathable fleece designed for aerobic activities. It sandwiches a (breathable)windproof membrane between a layer of soft polyester microvelour fleece and moisture-wicking polyester mesh to maximize your comfort.
If you do get microfleece, buy PolarTec, from Malden Mills. . .cold boy
Dec 12, 2001 5:56 AM
I agree and FoxWear Powerstretch tights are made from Malden Mills PolarTec.