By Kyle Brooks
Century Cycles and asked for the warmest tights they had. Answer: Pearl Izumi AmFibTights.
The AmFib tights are an extra-thick, fleece-lined tight with wind-stopping panels
covering all the frontal areas. Pearl Izumi’s website lists the AmFib tights as being good
down to 21 degrees. My own experience says that is probably about right, as I actually
rode in temperatures as cold as 23, and while there was no mistaking that it was a cold
morning, I was still comfortable.
The AmFib tights come in a variety of configurations: with or without a chamois,
and in drawstring waist or bibs. Mine are the drawstring waist without chamois, which
works well for me because I generally like my tights over a pair of cycling shorts. They
have zippers at the ankles, making them easy to get on or off, and they have some
reflective accents on them for additional visibility. In terms of cut, they really work well
on the bike, as the panels of material are shaped for full leg movement. The gripper
elastic at the ankles works well, and they don’t ride up.
The only thing that I would like is if they were a little longer – or perhaps
available in “regular” and “long” versions. I’m a pretty long-legged individual, and these
come just to the tops of my ankles. In practice it isn’t a problem, since any time it’s cold
enough to need the AmFib tights, I’m also wearing shoe booties that cover my ankles and
then some. But I always appreciate tights that are a little longer (even if a bit longer than
necessary), rather than “just enough.” It’s a minor thing – but if you have really long
legs, then definitely try them on before you buy (a great reason to get them from CC
rather than some online shop!)
I guess if I were to sum up the Pearl Izumi AmFib tights, I’d say that they are one
pair of tights as warm as doubled-up tights without having to double up!
Peninsula, though the new Medina store is super nice.