Many cyclists don’t care for, or want, bib tights. Some cyclists prefer their specific cycling shorts and chamois. Pearl Izumi has always respected this and continues to provide great tights for cold and wet weather cycling. No bib. No chamois. There can also be a truly practical reason for having an insulated tight on hand. Many bike commuters face vastly different weather conditions on the two legs of their journey. Here in Boulder you might get an morning start in freezing cold temperatures, but get out early enough to enjoy a 70 degree ride home. If your only option was a full bib cycling tight, your ride home may be more than a little warm.The Elite Barrier Tight uses panels of Elite Barrier, and Elite Thermal material. Each are placed in key areas for protection, as well as warmth, comfort, and articulation. The combination offers the right balance of protection and temperature/ moisture management in most conditions from 35-45 degrees F.
Pearl doesn’t skimp out on the features with the simple tight. You still get the 8” leg opening zippers with internal draft flap and zipper garage. Silicone leg grippers hold the contoured cuff in place, close to the shoe. The special aspect of the tight is how the panels of the Elite Barrier and Thermal materials are shaped and mated. One of the biggest challenges in creating a tight is how to get the legs to articulate smoothly. This is easier in a bib, as you have no waist restriction, and the design can factor more material into the stretch and integrated movement of the panels. With a tight, the waistline is the end point of that action. The panels have to be managed optimally to counter that stop line. Here is where the design and the Elite Thermal fleece truly shine. The 20% elastane blend offers just enough stretch, without compromising thermal protection. In fact, the movement encourages moisture transfer; a nice side benefit. There are great reasons to have a pair of tights in your drawer. Now that you know the Elite Thermal Barrier Tight isn’t ‘basic’ or stripped down, add it to the quiver with the confidence that Pearl Izumi has delivered yet again.