Gore Bike Wear
Contest Thermo Bib Tights with Chamois $129.95
Item # GBW0321
Don't underestimate the cold.
Cold muscles don't perform as well as warm muscles, which is the number one reason why the Gore Bike Wear Contest Thermo Bib Tight will make you faster—and if not, at least you'll have warm legs. The Contest Thermo Bib Tight features a ergonomic, six-panel cut for a next-to-skin fit. Cold-susceptible areas like the knees and kidney region get an additional layer of thermo-stretch fabric for added warmth—so you can't blame the cold for ending your training ride early.
Gore chamois keeps things kosher during long days in the saddle
Reflective logos keep motorists aware of your presence in low-light
Gripper elastic on bottom hem prevents unwanted movement
Mesh regions provide better heat exchange across the body
84% nylon, 16% elastane
training, commuting, touring in cold weather
GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear
Jerseys & Jackets
32.75 - 34.75in (83 - 88cm)
35 - 37in (89 - 94cm)
37.5 - 39.5in (95 - 100cm)
39.75 - 41.75in (101 - 106cm)
42 - 44in (107 - 112cm)
29.75 - 30.75in (76.5 - 78cm)
31 - 31.75in (79 - 80.5cm)
32 - 32.75in (81.5 - 83cm)
33 - 33.75in (84 - 85.5cm)
34 - 34.75in (86.5 - 88cm)
Shorts & Bibs & Tights
28.75 - 30.75in (73 - 78cm)
31 - 33in (79 - 84cm)
33.5 - 35.5in (85 - 90cm)
35.75 - 37.75in (91 - 96cm)
38 - 40in (97 - 102cm)
33.5 - 35.5in (85 - 90cm)
35.75 - 37.75in (91 - 96cm)
38 - 40in (97 - 102cm)
40.5 - 42.5in (103 - 108cm)
43 - 45in (109 - 114cm)
30.75 - 31.25in (78 - 79cm)
31.5 - 32in (80 - 81cm)
32.5 - 32.75in (82 - 83cm)
33 - 33.5in (84 - 85cm)
34 - 34.25in (86 - 87cm)
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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Gore Bike Wear Contest Thermo Bib Tights with Chamois
Would help to know what brand of shorts he wears with a size medium... with that info I could provide a pretty specific recommendation.
Without that info: If he has very skinny legs, I'd go with the medium. If not -- or if you really want to make sure he has the length for cold conditions, go with the large; might be slightly less snug, but my guess is that it won't matter much in the conditions he'll wear these in.
I'm 5'11'' with a 34" waist and 32" inseam. I just returned a pair of Castelli bib tights size Large because they were too tight through the leg (I have big legs). Any idea of whether I would be a L or XL in Gore?
I believe the 'XL' will suit you better; first and foremost, you don't want to restrict movement, making your rides counterproductive, and uncomfortable. Compression is great, in good measure, but it sounds like you just need the next size up; as compression shouldn't hinder movement, just support muscles and help blood flow to/from them.
The waist size difference is somewhat negligible, with a variant of 1.75...and taking into consideration that many of Gore's products run a bit on the smaller sider of the spectrum (not all, but some of it does). Muscles will expand with exertion, etc., as well.
And, you don't want that much ankle exposed to the elements, which is what will happen with the smaller of the two sizes; though you could wear 'booties' when it gets very cold, giving you some added protection.
Overall, it sounds like the 'XL' will probably be your best fit in Gore...and in ALL the Italian lines...size up!
I'm 5'9", waist 34 inseam 30, what size would fit better, the L or the XL? I don't care for "too tight", prefer it to be a little lose so it's not uncomfortable, the sizing chart says it runs "fit", I'm leaning towards XL but are wondering on the inseam. What do you guys think?
The inseam is definitely going to be the issue here. The Large has an inseam around 32.5. These will be long for you. If you don't mind folding the bottom part of the legs in to accommodate the inseam length, then you should be good. I definitely would stick with the Large over the XL. You will be swimming in the XL.