For lower-body cold protection during winter road cycling, the GORE Oxygen Bib Tight with WindStopper Soft Shell is the pinnacle of performance. This stirrup bib envelops your lower torso and legs in anatomic panels of water-resistant stretch WindStopper material, stitched together with flatlock seams in a riding-oriented body position. A mesh panel in the rear of this high-cut bib provides improved wicking and ventilation in changing weather.
[face] polyester weave, nylon, spandex, [membrane] GORE WindStopper
road biking, cold weather
GORE Bike Wear & Running Wear
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32.75 - 34.75in (83 - 88cm)
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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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I'm female, 5'8" and 132 lbs. I have a 34" inseam. Will the men's small have a long enough inseam? In winter I'm riding in weather down to single digits. Is this the heaviest tight for that temperature?
You may also want to wear a over pant if it's really bad. Something like Gore's ALP-X 2.0 GT...these are completely waterproof, and an additional weather protector. I have these, but suggest to also invest in some sort of 'pant leg protector' to keep the baggy bottom leg out of the chain. Deuter makes a great one. Don't know about the chamois/fit for a woman; you may have some issues due to a different design for the men vs. women. Good Luck this next season and stay safe!
Very nice bib tights and very warm. There is a bit of an issue with the fit however, I'm 5'8 150lbs and went with a medium. Everything fits for the most part, but the lower legs are quite tight....as in, it's as chore to get them on. In addition, they bunch up a bit in the "lower abdomen" area and beneath your rear end. Most of this bunching seems to disappear when you're on the bike, but something to think about if you're a bit on the short side or are less-than-gifted in upper leg/hip/rear end size. Still an 8 out of 10 for me.
First, the Oxygen is available with or without a chamois, while the Xenon is only available with chamois. The Xenon chamois is very road specific and minimalist with density only where needed, while the Oxygen chamois is more plush, though still with varied densities where it matters.
Second, the Xenon is a little warmer, with slightly thicker brushed fleece backing, though the Oxygen is still VERY warm.
Third, the Xenon is cut a little more aggressively (for a more stretched out position on a road bike).
WINDSTOPPER from Gore can best be described as more than water-resistant, the only reason it cannot be tagged as "waterproof" is because the membrane primarily stops wind and isn't designed to be waterproof- there's other membranes for that. It is leaps and bounds ahead of most manufacturers DWR or "water resistant" applications. If you want to block wind, look no further.
This bibtight has WINDSTOPPER(r) through the front of the leg, the seat and parts of the back of the leg. Water can not make it through the material however with prolonged pressure, it could make it through the seams as they aren't sealed. Dave - GORE BIKE WEAR(r)
This bibtight has WINDSTOPPER® soft shell material in approximately 90% of the front and back of the legs. The SO indicates it is WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell whereas AS indicates WINDSTOPPER® Active Shell. This bibtight does not have a chamois.
I have to tell you, I absolutely love Gore Bike Wear stuff! My brother bought me some winter tights this year. After trying them on, I didn't think I would like them because the chamois felt bulky. However, AFTER I rode with them, I have to tell you, THIS IS THE BEST bike garment I own. The chamois turned out to be very comfortable.
I ride year round. I've ridden in snow, rain, sleet and sunshine. I've used a lot of different brands too including: Castelli, Novara, Pearl Izumi, Specialized, Louis Garneau, Hincapie, Sugoi, REI and many other brands and I have to say i like my Gore stuff better than any other brand.
I must confess though, the model I have isn't this same one as this one but the other Gore Bike Wear stuff is absolutely amazing. I own mountain bike shorts, jackets, and jerseys from Gore and they are really, really good stuff.