Gore Bike Wear
Contest 3/4 Length Women's Tights $79.95
Item # GBW0113
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The sleek Gore Bike Wear Women’s Contest ¾ Cycling Tight precisely fits a lady’s frame, so it can stay out of your way when you’re cranking down the road at full speed. A woman-specific seat insert, smooth flatlock seams, and shifted seam design all work together to eliminate rubbing and chafing.
80% nylon, 20% spandex
GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear
30.25 - 31.5in (77 - 80cm)
32 - 33in (81 - 84cm)
33.5 - 34.75in (85 - 88cm)
35 - 36.25in (89 - 92cm)
36.5 - 37.75in (93 - 96cm)
38 - 39in (97 - 100cm)
24 - 25.25in (61 - 64cm)
25.5 - 26.75in (65 - 68cm)
27 - 28.25in (69 - 72cm)
28.75 - 30in (73 - 76cm)
30.25 - 31.5in (77 - 80cm)
32 - 33in (81 - 84cm)
34 - 35in (86 - 89cm)
35.5 - 36.75in (90 - 93cm)
37 - 38in (94 - 97cm)
38.5 - 39.75in (98 - 101cm)
40 - 41.25in (102 - 105cm)
41.75 - 43in (106 - 109cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
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It took a ride to get fully adjusted to the padding, but out of the many I tried on these were definitely the best. I was very comfortable during the ride, with no soreness afterwards. They run a bit small, I went up a size. The the waist band was comfortable, slightly lower in the front and higher in the back.
They are not windproof nor are they waterproof. There is no membrane, they are simply cycling tights. They will naturally resist a bit of wind and a bit of water given the nature of a nylon/spandex combination---but that is all.
Josh is absolutely correct. I looked these up on www.goreapparel.com site for you, and they are simply cycling tights with Gore's "Lady" insert. They are not made from *GoreTex (rain-proof) material, nor are they made with Gore's *Windstopper (wind blocking)material. These will be fine for ordinary weather conditions. Gore does offer many other tights, etc for ALL different weather conditions you may encounter. I recommend you check out their site to gather info./see options. Then you can come back here to purchase!
Hope this helps settle your question, once and for all! Happy Trails!
(*and of course they're made by Gore; which, of course, you already knew !)
I would suggest Giordana's Silver line (+ their on sale right now). The chamois is real nice, not to large. The riding level for the "Silverline" line is intermediate. For race/or higher performance level riders is their *F.R.C. or the *Laser line-up (but the chamois in these are actually much smaller)...but B.C. isn't offering knickers in these last two.
I have Gore's Xenon shorts, and love them...if they ever offer them in a knicker, I would suggest trying them, too.
You might want to consider a different seat for your bike as well; or, maybe, a pro-fitting at your local reputable bike shop...as proper/improper fit will enhance, or detract from your performance...even the 'tilt' of the seat...handlebar set...etc. if not calibrated just for you, can cause pain in various body parts...corresponding to the component that may need adjusting!
Yes, all knickers are basically meant for Spring/Fall riding, at least in the North, as part of your legs are exposed; and so the material used is of light to medium weight and tech.
If it's particularly nasty or wet out, you can wear Gore's ALP-X 2.0 GT pants OVER your tights, knickers, or shorts (they do offer a 'short' version of these) for added rain/wind protection (size-up so they can fit over top easily). Also, if you get these, get a pants leg strap to keep your right pants leg out of the chain! For winter, look for something that is windproof (such as Gore's *Windstopper products), and listed as being "thermal".
While the Contest 3/4 Tights provide a light level of compression, you'd probably be better off with the Power 3/4 tights. The Power 3/4 tights especially are designed to support the major muscle groups in the legs (specific panels are oriented with different fabrics to accomplish this) and the chamois is designed around long-distance riding: it's higher density and perforated to breathe extremely well.
My thighs and legs are bigger than for most people at my height. Many cycling tights cut into my leg just where the end below the knee. I have a pair of old Gore tights which were the most comfortable pants I could find. Are these as stretchy?
Another very comfortable and yet top performance knicker is Giordana's "Silverline" line up. Silverline is more 'forgiving' in the fit/shape dept., while in no way being sloppy. For the intermediate rider, with a little less compression than a 'race fit', and not quite a 'lean/tight as a race fit; so they won't cut into your legs, ever, yet stay in place. The jerseys are very nice, and quite stylish, too...nothing wrong with that!
This tight is a capri length that ends just below the knee. We also offer the Power 3/4 tight which is the same dimension as the Contest but with an upgraded chamois and materials. You can see it here at http://www.realcyclist.com/roadbike/GBW0114/Gore-Bike-Wear-Power-3-4-Cycling-Tight-Womens.html
We also have The Countdown 3/4 pant which is a baggy 3/4 pant which has a removeable tight with chamois. You can see it here at http://www.realcyclist.com/roadbike/GBW0120/Gore-Bike-Wear-Countdown-Knicker-Womens.html
If you are looking for a tight that ends just above the knee, you should check out our Xenon short as it has a longer 9" inseam. http://www.realcyclist.com/roadbike/GBW0039/Gore-Bike-Wear-Xenon-Cycling-Short-Womens.html
Also try Giordana's "Silverline" knickers next time...very comfy and stylish, they come to below the knee, are very stretchy (so you can even hike them up a bit if it get too warm during your ride). They breathe well, and have a comfy chamois. All together, very flattering while offering performance, too!