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Which cold weather tights do you use and do you like them. I picked up a pair of Pearl Izumi tights (cheapest thermal tights I could find). They aren't the warmest and I feel cold air blow against my legs when I step outside. Once I have been riding for 5+ minutes, I am ok.

I need another pair right now. I hated riding in the cold but after doing it a few times, it's not that bad.

I was looking in the Performance catalog and saw several Pearl tights that look pretty nice. Would a pair of "ICY" condition tights be too much for 50 degree weather? Would a pair of "COOL" condition tights not be enough for 35 degree weather?
 

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Lumbee1 said:
Which cold weather tights do you use and do you like them. I picked up a pair of Pearl Izumi tights (cheapest thermal tights I could find). They aren't the warmest and I feel cold air blow against my legs when I step outside. Once I have been riding for 5+ minutes, I am ok.

I need another pair right now. I hated riding in the cold but after doing it a few times, it's not that bad.

I was looking in the Performance catalog and saw several Pearl tights that look pretty nice. Would a pair of "ICY" condition tights be too much for 50 degree weather? Would a pair of "COOL" condition tights not be enough for 35 degree weather?
I have a pair of the cheapest performance tights that are warm enough down to 40 degrees or so. I also have a pair from REI and they are a bit warmer. If I get cold I just pedal harder. ;)
 

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Try the Novara Headwind Tights

from REI. The don't fit skin tight like the Pearl Izumi's, but they have an extra layer of fabric on the front. Very warm, very comfortable and, if you really needed to, you could probably wear them over some UnderArmor for extra warmth.

HTH.
 

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Pearl Izumi ThermaFleece is warm down to around 30 degrees.
Pearl Izumi AmFibs are warm down to 0-10 degrees.

I have the ThermaFleece and reccomend them; good construction, good fabric feel, warm.
 

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What temp range?

The tights you need are very much a function of the temp range you want to cover and riding style. I have different weights for different conditions. Granted, I hate riding cold so I don't subscribe to the suck-it-up-and-ride-harder approach. Yeah, you'll survive but probably spend more time thinking about being cold vs. enjoying the ride.

Below high 50s, I put on midweight tights.. prefer Cannondale Klondikes because they fit me well, are widely available, and not too expensive. I've had a pair for 2 years that show very little wear. You can also run comfortably in them if that's what you're into. The Klondikes work for me down to about the mid-30s. Below that, I switch into a pair of heavier weight C'dale Four Winds tights.. which are great. They have a windstop front, heaveir gauge fleece inside and fit a little looser than regular tights (which I prefer in really cold weather). I have ridden in these down to -12F without getting cold legs. The bad news: Cannondale stopped making the Four Winds and, like most of the other clothing makers, they have gone to a more "technical", tighter-fitting heavy-weight tight. I haven't tried their new ones yet because the old ones are holding up like a champ. The closent thing I have seen to the Four Winds is the Pearl Izumi AmFibs which a lot of people swear by. A local ski shop had AmFibs on sale for $85 the other day.

I did some research recently on this for somebody else and think a couple others you might want to look at are the Sugoi Firewall (avail at REI) and Craft Windstopper Thermal Tights (avail at World Cycling Productions).

Whatever you do, I think it's best to have tights that have a zipper at the bottom of the leg.
 

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Here's mine

For basic warm, I make sure to get the polypropylene mix tights - perf or nashbar onsale usually. Good down to 35/40F. Colder makes me pull out windproofed tights - I have a pair of blackbottoms with thigh front nylon panels and fleece knees, and a pair of perf TriFlex tights that work very well down to about 20-25F. All dry riding usually. Sometimes a fresh snow ride when the desert gets lucky.
 

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I like Pearl Themafleece for 0-30F but I think I probably like it a little cooler than you since I wear shorts down to 30. For me it is all about keeping the extremities warm (hands, feet).

Normal winter ride on the snowmobile trails is Lake MX300 (or my new 301s), above mentioned tights, Mechanix cold weather gloves, Pearl winter jersey (don't remember the model) over long sleeve under armour and occasionally a North Face vest to help maintain core temperature.
 

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Im in Virginia and it doesnt get far past the mid 20's to 40's in the winter. What would you all recomend for a winter gear must have to buy? I have no winter gear at all and its killing me not to ride!!!! Im going friggin nuts here right now and its in the lower 40s and just plain too cold on the hands, feet, face, arms, and exposed parts of the legs.
 

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Depends on Temps

Between 60 - 40: Pearl Izumi ThermaFleece kneewarmers

Between 40 - 20: Sugoi Subzero Thermal tights

Below 20: PI Kneewarmers under Sugoi tights

Below 0: All the above plus jeans
 

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khill said:
Between 60 - 40: Pearl Izumi ThermaFleece kneewarmers

Between 40 - 20: Sugoi Subzero Thermal tights

Below 20: PI Kneewarmers under Sugoi tights

Below 0: All the above plus jeans
If you wear the Sugoi Subzeros in 60 degree weather, is it uncomfortable?
 

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Sugoi Subzeros are my favorite tights and good for most cold rides. I've found they work well for 10 degrees up to around 35 degrees. For temps below that I have some Sugoi tights with windblock which are even warmer. The Subzeros are a great tight for the money.

I have no experience with PI stuff as I don't like the fit on me.
 

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Col d'Lizárd Swift Icebike Powerstretch 100® Tights

I'm not sure whay all these guys/gals are paying for there tights, buy get the best for only $56.
http://www.coldlizard.com/cgi/wc.dll?GEKKO~catalog~DETAIL~36

Also read here for great cold weather riding info and advice.
http://www.icebike.org/Default.htm

I also would get some inexpensive spandex tights - I purchased a set of Hind tights from REI-Outlet for something like $15. I wear the Hind tights when it gets cool down to about 30 degrees. Once it drops into the 20's down to about 10 degrees I will wear the Cold Lizard tights. Into the single digits I will wear both. I am always toasty in the "pants" - It's just the feet that will get cold after some time.

KMan

Lumbee1 said:
Which cold weather tights do you use and do you like them. I picked up a pair of Pearl Izumi tights (cheapest thermal tights I could find). They aren't the warmest and I feel cold air blow against my legs when I step outside. Once I have been riding for 5+ minutes, I am ok.

I need another pair right now. I hated riding in the cold but after doing it a few times, it's not that bad.

I was looking in the Performance catalog and saw several Pearl tights that look pretty nice. Would a pair of "ICY" condition tights be too much for 50 degree weather? Would a pair of "COOL" condition tights not be enough for 35 degree weather?
 

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