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De Marchi PRO Bib Tights - 2013 BCS
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.
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October 10, 2013
After years of permanent chafe-marks on my tummy from wearing winter tights or awkwardly repurposing running tights over bib shorts, I finally decided the time was right to give bib tights a shot as I enter a rigorous winter training season. The fabric has a thick fleecy interior and smooth exterior, but it's extremely stretchy. I usually wear a size L in bib shorts and I ended up having to exchange them for a size M, which is fitted but still roomy and comfortable. Definitely use the height-based fit guide; the fabric will have more than enough stretch whether your legs are willowy or brutish. The bib section is very high and provides good coverage without being at all restrictive. The seams are placed strategically for freedom of movement while still affording a good fit and the reflective tabs are a nice touch for safety. Grippers on the ankles stay in place well and have plenty of stretch to get over feet without a zipper; in fact, they may be a little loose on the particularly delicately ankled among us. The chamois is pretty thin but dense and well-positioned for long ride comfort. I'm really happy with these bib tights; the only thing that could make them better is a little bit more tailored fit through the knees, but for the other features at this price I have no complaints.