Joewrote a review of Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Bib Tights - Men's on August 14, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This review is for the bottoms and jacket together. I had both and finally sold them. Nothing negative to report on the jacket except that the top is sized smaller than the bottoms in my judgement; I would be better off in an XL up top due to my shoulders and chest. The top is cut for scrawny manorexic types. NBD. First the good: the fit is close and streamlined which I like. The warmth of the Gore wind-blocking fabric is the best I've seen particularly on the jacket and the all-important jewels region on the bottom. I was comfortable in single digit wind chill (Midwest) as far as core temp and avoiding genital frostbite. (Yes ladies, that's a real threat for us.) The negatives go to the bottoms: the cut is appropriately very snug in the thigh while being disproportionately loose below the knee. Again, cut for string beans. I had cold spots on the back of the leg because of this and because the wind-block material does not cover the back of the leg. As such, this limits the temperature rating significantly. The ankle cuff is a real problem. It does not give at all so great care is needed putting your foot through; you could easily bust the seam on your new 250 dollar tights. That cuff and the entire lower leg could be improved by using a stretchier soft shell fabric. Ultimately, for such an expensive set to be used in serious cold, I was expecting more.