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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A solution to water going into your shoes., 2 Mar 2013
M. Wayt - See all my reviews
All cyclists know the problem with cycling in the rain - you either put up with water in the shoes or you try to find a solution.

I've got a pair of Shimano MW80 boots which have a neoprene gasket which goes above your ankle to try and stop water going into your shoes - I've also tried neoprene covers on normal road shoes. Both of these end up with the water running down your tights and going inside the shoes. At this point, lots of people use Sealskinz socks but even then the water runs inside the sock and you end up with damp, cold feet.

These have 2 layers from the bottom of the calf - there is an inner thermal tight that is also a stirrup, and then the outer waterproof thermal which is like a gaiter. So with things like Neoprene shoe covers (or similar) you roll the gaiter up, put the shoes on as normal (and neoprene covers) then pull the gaiter down over the top of the neoprene shoe covers (or in my case the neoprene boot cuff), meaning the water runs down your leg, over the outside of the shoe and off. No more water inside the shoe! The tights don't feel like normal roubaix/thermal lycra tights but almost like very thin wetsuit material. I believe it's a lycra and waterproof membrane laminate.

These are probably the most comfortable and warm tights I've had so far. Riding in -3C temperatures, my legs were lovely and warm. If anything, maybe too warm - especially for long distances. I'm about to order a second pair.

So, well recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential part of your winter training kit, 21 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Amfib Cycling Bib Tight (Sports)
As a well-seasoned cyclist of more than 15 years, I was hesitant at first to part with my winter 'longs'; which to be fair had completely given up the ghost, but served me well (despite them becoming tangled in the front chain ring on numerous occasions). The new bib-knicker replacements from Pearl Izumi seemed to tick the boxes, but you don't really know until you try a product how well it is going to perform.

So far, after 3 weeks of cold/rain riding combinations they appear to be pretty good. The construction is similar to that of a wetsuit with a number of panels of different shapes that help in providing a comfortable fit. So they mould to the body's contours really well. The panels vary in thickness depending on their relative position to exposure levels, so forward facing panels are thicker and have a lining that provides good wind protection. The outer fabric is coated in such a way as to repel spray (noticeable beading of the droplets) but in heavy rain and prolonged exposure, the fabric is compromised.

The seat pad lining takes some getting used to but after a couple of rides this has become more flexible. Overall the pad is a good feature of the bib tights and possibly one of the most important for most of us who do longer mileage.

At the ankle end is a simple, effective gaiter system that allows the outer part of the tight to be pulled up the leg while the overshoe cover is secured. Once in place the gaiters can be pulled back down over the top of the overshoe cover. This is a hugely important feature of this product and was the reason I bought them. It works very well and means any water drops running off the tights run off the shoe and not into the shoe.

Overall, very pleased with the quality and function. Would definitely recommend to others. Sizing: I would recommend taking careful body measurements before deciding on the size and check the Pearl Izumi website sizing guide rather than elsewhere. I would normally wear a medium, but purchased the small size and they fit perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Oct 2014
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