Wearing leg warmers for cold weather rides is so passé when you have tights as warm and comfortable as the De Marchi PRO Bib Tights — one layer of thermal fabric and you're out the door.
De Marchi's PRO Bib Tights were constructed from the patented Roubaix fabric. Developed for cold weather riding, Roubaix is a winter-weight microfiber that uses an interlocking knit construction. With a fit and external feel similar to standard Lycra, Roubaix provides a thicker knit and a warm, fleecy feel against the skin. Additionally, the fleeced interior holds body heat against your skin while it also wicks moisture away. After all, it's no fun to ride when you're soaked with sweat.
Now, you might not have known this, but CyTech is actually the brainchild of De Marchi. So, to say that De Marchi knows a thing or two about a chamois is gross understatement. Applying this knowledge, De Marchi outfitted the PRO tights with an Elastic Interface Technology Race insert. This chamois uses a variable density throughout the pad to support the regions that need the most support, without impacting the ones that don't. And for CyTech, the support focus is primarily placed at the perineal, ischial, and gluteal areas -- the points most prone to distress from saddle pressure and compression. With its anatomic, Elastic Interface design, the CyTech chamois creates an abrasion-free support that promotes an increased circulation by protecting nerves like the pudendal. Even more impressive, the CyTech chamois is road-specific. CyTech engineers realize that saddles and saddle positions vary throughout different disciplines of cycling, and the PRO's chamois density patterns are mindful of the specific pressures of road cycling.
The De Marchi PRO Bib Tights are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large in the color Black.
Bought this Bib last week and it is the best bang for the buck. Matched up to my Castelli, Canari, and Pearl, this Bib was beyond what was expected. Based on all the negative write-up, I almost did not buy. But this is why you take others' comments with a grain of salt. This is a magnificent piece and it is well worth the price. I did a 50 mile ride and my legs was warm and felt good right through. This is definitely a keeper and matched up with the very best out there.
This is just to comment on the fit, which is perfect for me. I'm 5' 5", 29" waist, 125 lbs. so fairly slim and I got the Small size. I have yet to try it on a cold day, but my initial impression is it's well made and the material seems to be of very decent quality. Looks warm but we'll see. Right now I'm just glad I got the right size!
I don't know what's up with DeMarchi, but the sizes are NOT typical of Italian clothing. I'm an XL in Santini, Nalini, etc. but I'll need to swap the XL's I ordered for M's! Otherwise they look great, as expected from Made in Italy stuff.
Does not fit right. I am six feet one inches, 180lbs, bought an X-large and the legs are very baggy. In fact, the bottoms by my ankles are very loose and not even tight against my skin. Zero compression. They also are lined with fleece all the way up to the lower part of your neck and for me I like to have a better moisture wicking meshy material in the strap in back. Will be returning
Bought on sale, the right size per the size chart (L), but found them way too long for my size & height (just over 6', 165lbs), a bit loose, and the fabric lighter/thinner than expected. Returned them- appreciate the fast credit from CC. Will look at other brands.
I own a few pieces of De Marchi and everything fits me perfectly in size M except this tight. The fit just feels weird and lack of compression. No zippers at the ankles and the elastic grip bands are kind of too big. They use the same material on the upper back panel which I think is not very breathable, overkill and overheating in the back easily. A friend ordered this for me at 50% off and I didn't want to bother him to return it, so I just keep it as a cheap training tight.
I used the fit guide included with the description of this tight and find them to be too large for me. At 5'6" the guide suggests a medium. The medium is loose and long! Small would have been the better choice. That said, the tight are very comfortable and the chamois is fairly comfortable for several hour rides. The tights are relatively warm, comfortable on rides that have dipped into the 20's.