The challenge for cyclists looking for full length cycling bib tights with water protection and insulation over the years has been flexibility and comfort. Better protection fabrics have tended to be stiff or less flexible than the base material, while the base thermal material didn't block water. Pearl Izumi's PI Dry™ permanent fabric treatment changes all of that. Now the designers are able to take the fantastic Therma Fleece material, and bond PI Dry technology to the fibers in such a way that the protection will hold up as long as the garment does. You get all the superior warmth, breathability, comfort, stretch and fit that Therma Fleece has to offer, and you don't need to add protective panels to block water. This is a great leap forward.
If a Pearl Izumi tight lists "cycling" in the name, that means it comes built with an integrated chamois pad so the Pursuit Thermal Cycling Bib Tight is just that. Constructed for anatomic freedom with panels that articulate freely for full range of motion throughout the pedal stroke or running through the sand, the lowers just feel natural, all the way to down to the lower leg and ankle, with 7" zipper with internal draft flaps and zipper garages to seal out the elements. The massive advantage of PI Dry is that the suppleness, comfort and feel aren't compromised just to keep you dry.
The bib upper more than holds up the lower. It is a fully integrated system that does in fact hold-up the lower, but moves , stretches and pulls for overall comfort and fit. The material is an open mesh fabric that eases and releases perspiration and excess heat quickly to the next layer, most likely a thin, fast wicking cool weather baselayer or high tech cycling jersey. It does you no good to remove the moisture, than catch it at the next layer. Each layer must release it outward to keep you drier and more comfortable longer. The mesh bid has a moderate level of muscle support from compression, stabilizing the core. The edges are finish to help the bib straps to stay in place.
The chamois pad has been positioned to complement the fit and stretch, and the system works well for most body types when wearing the correct size. Pearl uses the ELITE Pursuit 1:1™ Chamois with it's smooth, 4-way stretch top sheet and high density, breathable foam that keeps you supported and protected for an hour or 4 on the bike. It wicks away moisture and creates almost no friction thanks the the float and stretch of the top sheet. We have all been out on 60 minute winter rides that feel like three hour slogs. Having the right chamois for cold weather takes the edge off and leaves you one less thing to be concerned about as you consider whether or not to tack on an extra 30 minutes or tuck tail and head home.
Pearl recommends the Pursuit Thermal Cycling Bib Tight for 45-55 degree temperatures. Of course this range is specific to the individual, so use your best judgment. We love the fit and cut, along with the well thought out ankle zippers and the BioViz™ reflective elements that deliver low-light visibility to keep you safer. The construction, details, performance, and impressive PI Dry technology come together to make this a go-to cycling bib tight for Spring, Fall, and mild Winter conditions.