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Want Warm? Go Gore

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Look, there's nearly nothing worse than spending a winter on the trainer. I bought these looking for the ultimate in deep-winter warmth, and they don't disappoint.

Fitting into these is a bit...tedious, which is to say it something like a snake wriggling back into an old skin. With that said, entirely worth it. Once they're on, they fit like a glove, which is essential to maintaining the appropriate temperatures.

I've worn these down into single digit temperatures with corresponding wind chills, and no problems. For reference, I coupled these with a rapha winter gilet, two base layers and a jersey, and I was happier than I've ever been in cold weather conditions.

The bibs provide excellent back coverage, and the fabrics do a remarkable job maintaining the appropriate level of heat -- too often are garments either too hot to enjoy comfortably, or just not warm enough. These are that perfect fabric you wish existed.

One note: be careful sliding these on your legs. I did occasion to hear some stitching rip sounds when I pushed my leg into a stirrup too fast without moving the fabric up north into appropriate leg position. I don't want to buy another set (you only need one set!), so I'm more careful now.

All in all, these are THE deepwinter tights to get you through.

One other point of interest: the chamois is fantastic. Something about deep winter cycling makes me believe, at least intellectually, that I need something *more* in the padding department, and these fit the bill. The chamois moves with the body fluidly, and I've ridden at least one 110 mile century with about 9k in climbing with no issues.

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Have to agree with T completely right up to the pulling them over your feet. I'm a commuter all year around and I bought a pair last year looking for a 2nd pair this year. Buying a 2nd pair as I find they don't always get dry in the pad overnight drying and I don't want to wear them a full week without washing them.

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I dont own these, but am always looking for something to make it easier to get out in the crud. That said, I am not going to buy just yet--first, OK, not necessarily bad that lower cufff if snug and has a stirrup, but note that these are ONLY going to go UNDER your overshoes/booties. I dont know how well that's gonna seal for wheel spray (from snow melt) much less rain. Second, as above, tights are bulky, they take a long time to wash and dry, thus I only want no liner (I wash my shorts, and merely hose down my tights/booties when I hose down the bike). Third, (from the Assos web site) no liner lets me wear knickers w/shammy (see castelli sorpasso) under. 4-Too bad non of these web sites tell you just where the windstopper is on legs...see the PI amfib for the most (as best as I can tell) windstopper coverage on BACKS of legs (for 15F cross wind and snow melt wheel spray).