Some cyclists find satisfaction after an hour or two on the saddle. Those are not the riders Gore Bike Wear had in mind when designing its Xenon line. What they focused on is the small percentage of us that easily push past the four hour barrier and want more. To assist, Gore has given the Xenon 2.0 SO Bib Tights cutting-edge materials, an aerodynamic shape, complete with a low weight to offer ultimate long-distance comfort.
The tights are expertly constructed from panel shapes that allow unrestricted movement with an incredibly snug, areo-fit for aggressive riding positions. To complement that, the Xenon 2.0 SO Tights gets Gore's fast drying, highly breathable Xenon chamois--a multi-density pad that offers support throughout the longest of rides.
At the sit bones, high-density foam offers consistent support -- even after the you've surpassed the century mark. The pad changes density seamlessly as it melts into the tights themselves. The resulting 3D shape reduces hot spots, avoids pressure points, and encourage circulation for long term comfort and reduced fatigue.
The tights' primary material is Gore's Windstopper soft shell fabric. A three-layer laminate that allows perspiration to escape while blocking chilly air. It does this without hindering breathability so you stay equally dry and comfortable whether you're working up a sweat or machin' down a descent. The shell is also stretchy for excellent freedom of movement and unrestricted pedaling.
Because this is a long distance tight, Gore went the extra length to add durability. At the crotch, they've protected the seams with abrasion-resistant tape, and moved the seams for less chafing. At the front, a short, semi-lock zip allows quick bathroom breaks.
The Xexon 2.0 SO Bib Tights also feature pre-articulated legs for comfort in an aggressive riding position. Foot straps ensure the legs do not migrate, and they do so without cutting off circulation, like an elastic gripper can after many miles. The legs also get reflective pipping, along with reflective logos, to add low-light safety if you find yourself starting at dawn or returning at dusk.
The Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Bib Tights come in Small through XX-Large, and two colors; Black, and Black/White.
|Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 Bib Short||$139.96 - $199.95|
|Gore Bike Wear Oxygen SO Bibtight||$132.96 - $159.96|
|Gore Bike Wear Power 2.0 Thermo Bib Tight||$97.96|
|Gore Bike Wear Xenon 2.0 SO Jacket||$160.96 - $183.96|
Look, there's nearly nothing worse than spending a winter on the trainer. I bought these looking for the ultimate in deep-winter warmth, and they don't disappoint.
Fitting into these is a bit...tedious, which is to say it something like a snake wriggling back into an old skin. With that said, entirely worth it. Once they're on, they fit like a glove, which is essential to maintaining the appropriate temperatures.
I've worn these down into single digit temperatures with corresponding wind chills, and no problems. For reference, I coupled these with a rapha winter gilet, two base layers and a jersey, and I was happier than I've ever been in cold weather conditions.
The bibs provide excellent back coverage, and the fabrics do a remarkable job maintaining the appropriate level of heat -- too often are garments either too hot to enjoy comfortably, or just not warm enough. These are that perfect fabric you wish existed.
One note: be careful sliding these on your legs. I did occasion to hear some stitching rip sounds when I pushed my leg into a stirrup too fast without moving the fabric up north into appropriate leg position. I don't want to buy another set (you only need one set!), so I'm more careful now.
All in all, these are THE deepwinter tights to get you through.
One other point of interest: the chamois is fantastic. Something about deep winter cycling makes me believe, at least intellectually, that I need something *more* in the padding department, and these fit the bill. The chamois moves with the body fluidly, and I've ridden at least one 110 mile century with about 9k in climbing with no issues.
I can't say enough good things about this tights. I live in Colorado Springs CO. I use these tights on dry rides ranging from 15` to around 50` (depending on the wind and sun). I didn't have a problem with them fitting tight like some reviews on the internet mentioned. I think these fit perfect, they are well articulated in all the right spots. There is no bunching behind the knee. The crotch is well protected from the wind and keep the boys downstairs from freezing. What I like best about these is that despite their lack of bulky fabric they are amazingly warm, almost like a second skin that stretches and moves with you. The only difficult part of getting them on is the ankles. They don't have a zipper, which I don't mind. As you can tell from the pictures they have straps that loop under the heel. Just be a little careful pulling them over your heel, getting them off is much easier. I shopped around the internet for the best price and Competitive Cyclist was willing to match the slightly better price I found on Amazon. Because of Competitive Cyclist refund policy I always try to purchase from them. I can't say how well these tight are at keeping out the wet, I suspect they would do as well as any other tight after a treatment or two of water repellent.
Wanted a really warm winter tight. This one is not super thick and is not terribly stretchy. As a consequence it was difficult to pull on over large cyclist thighs. I would say this tight is more for rain/wind protection and someone of a mid-to-skinny build.