If you are serious about riding throughout the winter, your selection must include a full bib tight that offers insulation and weather blocking qualities. The other essential aspects should be: integrated high quality chamois, soft, next-to-skin material, stretch, and excellent coverage. The Pearl Elite Amfib Cycling Bib Tight answers the bell, and every time you are ready to gear up for the cold, the wet, the slush, the Elite Amfib will be ready. The designers at Pearl Izumi live, work, and ride year round in Colorado, where they see all conditions imaginable. Amfib material has evolved over the years, but essentially it is an insulated weather blocking material equally effective against wind and precipitation. The current version uses Elite softshell fabric for increased flexibility and greater protection. This material covers the front and wraps the back of the leg to just over the knee, where for comfort and unrestricted movement, Pearl transitions to Elite Thermal fleece. This high density fleece provides tremendous warmth while effectively transferring moisture away from the body- an essential in winter riding.
The details for this Form-Fit bib tight include a stretchy upper that has an opening that can be pulled down for easier nature breaks, but provides additional thermal value above the waist. Stirrups are internal, and the outer tight can be pulled down over a winter bootie or shoe covering to keep moisture out of that crucial transition area. The bib straps are soft, wide and flexible to limit chafing and bulk. and the upper is a nylon/ spandex mesh that offers compression and fit, but also wicks moisture. Smooth, flat stitch seams throughout keep the panels connected and comfortable. Any cyclist venturing out in tough conditions takes risks. Having the right equipment makes all the difference. Pearl recommends this garment for a temperature range from 21-33 degrees F. Certainly your comfort level and actual conditions can push that range either way, and you have to ascertain what is best for you, but the Elite Amfib Cycling Bib Tight is hits all the marks. You want lightweight, effective technology, excellent feel and finish quality, at reasonable cost. In other words, you want Pearl Izumi.