We live in a new golden age of cycling, and this isn't because there's a new Jacques Anquetil or Eddy Merckx on the cover of every magazine, but because technology is making it easier and easier for the masses to get out at anytime throughout the winter. Case in point is the Pearl Izumi AmFib Bib Tight. While still retaining the fit and feeling of a race-day bib tight, the AmFib wicks, warms, and breathes at temperatures well below freezing. There's no longer any reason to roast chestnuts by the fire instead of ride. Get out there.Pearl Izumi's AmFib Cycling Tight is made from a blend of Pearl's Elite Softshell and Elite Thermal Fleece fabrics. These fabrics were selected in order to ensure a hand-in-hand system of consistent warming insulation, effective moisture transfer, and protection from wind and water. The Thermal Fleece fabric picks up the slack in regards to thermo-regulation and wicking, whereas the Softshell material has been interspersed in key exposure areas to eliminate element intrusion. The two fabrics coordinate effectively, so much so that Pearl Izumi gives the AmFib tight a thumbs up for weather conditions as low as 15 degrees. In case you're concerned of the tight getting too balmy at the upper end of its 40-degree recommended usage, you can ventilate from an opening at the top of the waist?although its main intention is for easy nature breaks. Knowing that sub-freezing riding is hard enough, Pearl Izumi wants you to have a comfortable and precise fit. To ensure this, they designed the cut to allow full articulation during cycling. The lower leg also follows a contoured shape that leads to an integrated stirrup and a gasket that allows the tight to be worn over a shoe. Not only does this streamline and secure the fit, the design retains an uninterrupted insulation layer. Additionally, the AmFib uses a breathable, but warming, mesh upper and bib straps. Pearl also added 360 degree reflective accents for safer night riding.The Pearl Izumi AmFib Bib Tight is available in sizes from Small to XX-Large, and in the color Black/black. Please note that this tight does not include a chamois.
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I moved back to New York from years in the Tokyo area and this is my first January riding in this part of the world. In Japan I rode year round, any weather (even typhoons), but in the Northeast US it's much colder on a regular basis than I've become used to and I need something a bit warmer than m ... Read More »