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Which cold weather tights?(9 posts)

Which cold weather tights?fz4vgq
Sep 23, 2002 6:47 AM
was looking at C-dale Klondikes with chamois or Pearl Izumi fleece(can't remember the model with chamois). are there any others? If I buy a pair without chamois (seems more common) I assume you wear them over your regular shorts? thanks guys
FWIW, my all-time faves are Patagonia's "Loose Tights."Silverback
Sep 23, 2002 7:40 AM
They're not loose--just not skin-tight, and they're very warm considering the weight. I've ridden in them well down into the 30s, maybe high 20s, comfortably. They're about $75 in the catalog, but if you live near a Pat outlet store they're normally $37.50 there, and I got mine for $17 at a year-end clearance.
re: Which cold weather tights?methosage
Sep 23, 2002 7:58 AM

Small company, owner very helpful, they make the tights to your measurements, and they make tights to your specifications (you choose material).
re: Which cold weather tights?pmf1
Sep 23, 2002 8:34 AM
I do about 90% of my cool/cold weather riding using Pearl Izumi thermafleece bibs. They have a large comfort range. Bibs can fit over shorts, while non-bibs tend to ride down your butt when worn over shorts and are best worn under shorts instead.

Hardly anyone even makes tights with chamois anymore. I had a pair long ago and preferred using shorts and non-chamois tights to just tights with chamois.

The PI are expensive, but last a long time. You don't need tights with wind proof panels on the front unless you're riding in very cold weather. I have a pair and use them, but not very much.

God ... where did summer go?
re: Which cold weather tights?K-Man
Sep 23, 2002 8:41 AM
My favorites are "Icebike" tights for temperatures below 40 degrees, down to colder than you can ride in. Anything above that and just any pair seems to do.

got the logoless version, ride year roundoff roadie
Sep 24, 2002 6:19 AM
I commutte year round in Minnesotta and even do some recreational trail riding with a set of Nokian ice tires. Those tights are great, but like they said, overkill above 40 degrees. They aren't padded, and wearing regular shorts under them is nice because it provides a bit more wind protection in an area that can be a chilly "wind trap" otherwise.

Above 40, I've got some lighter tights. I still wear shorts under those, but something lighter (like padded underwaer?) might be nice.

I got my tights for Ghekko Gear, but I'm looking to get more and I think I'll go with Foxwear, because they are cheaper and seem to offer the exact same stuff.
re: Which cold weather tights?mudmom
Sep 23, 2002 9:35 AM
My favorites (used in Northern Vermont winter riding) have been InMotion Ultratherms..but now I cannot find them anywhere. Anyone who can help, let me know!!
re: Which cold weather tights?pnitefly
Sep 23, 2002 10:54 AM
Pearl Izumi Amfibs, hands down! Now the question is "how do I keep the rest of my body warm?"
re: Which cold weather tights?peter1
Sep 23, 2002 12:10 PM
For $60, Giordana sells a nice basic pair of fleecy tights. A bit heavier than PI's but good for anything 45 deg and below. They have articulated knees, which are key. A bit cheaper than PI, and so far they've held up through 1 season of on and off roading. My only complaint is that the ankles could be tighter, but I'm really skinny. 5'11, 155 lbs. I took a medium.