Start with what’s important. If you seek a lightweight, warm, comfortable, and practical tight WITHOUT a built-in chamois, read on. Though the Select Thermal Tight doesn’t have a weather barrier for wind or water, the tightly knit polyester/elastane blend fleece will keep you warm, but still allow moisture to wick away. Even if you get wet, the thermal qualities will surprise you. Pearl’s recommended temperature range is 47-53 degrees F, but reports from riders indicate comfort below 45 in high output riding. The elastane helps the material stretch with the pedaling motion, but the real key to the freedom of movement comes from the multi-panel anatomical design. Defining the stretch direction and panel connection in conjunction with the way the legs move and interact around the waist is the hallmark of Pearl’s designers. The movement of the material with the leg keeps the tight from pulling down, and actually increases the moisture transfer process as the fabric eases across the skin.
Some people may ask, “why no chamois?”, perhaps not realizing that Pearl offers that option as well. But there are many riders who prefer tight without the chamois for two reasons. First is that many riders have a favorite short/chamois they can’t live without. The second is that with a chamois the tight gives you more flexibility. Perhaps you’re starting in cooler temps and want the nice, even warmth of a tight, but know that a few hours in, it will be warm enough for shorts. Stop, take the tight off, roll it up and pocket it. A second possible user is a commuter who will only want a full tight for one direction of the journey. Options are good! Overall comfort is excellent. The seams and junctions are smooth and flatlock seaming is used for all panels. As you have come to expect from Pearl Izumi, the attention to detail is strong. 8” leg ankle zippers make for easy on/off and the zipper garage protects it from the weather. The contoured leg opening has a plush elastic gripper to keep the tight down at the shoe line. Of course the designers have added reflective highlights for increased visibility in low-light conditions. What did you expect? It’s Pearl Izumi!