Men's Gavia Bib Tight
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Reviewed by Garuch
What can I say? Tights are tights right? Well, tights are usually just tights but, these are the first ones I have used with a built in chamois, which means, finally, no shorts under the tights.
Usually it wasn't such a bad thing really to have two layers in that area during the chilly seasons, since most tights aren't really all that good at keeping the goods out of the wind. Happily I can say that the Gavia tights did a terrific job in that department. Built with AmFIB wind and water barriers at key locations these tights do a nice job of compromising wicking, flex and warmth. Those sensitive and easily chilled frontal areas are made from panels of the AmFIB fabric and the large muscle and flex areas are constructed of thinner and more flexible MicroSensor. Both fabrics are brushed for close to the skin comfort.
The chamois in these bib shorts is the 3D Pro. Only 8 mm thick, the chamois is surprisingly comfortable. Although our test ride was not extended in terms of miles, we did put in some saddle time and honestly I was quite comfortable. The dual density padding is seamlessly bonded and anti-microbially treated. It's comfortable!
Once again I would caution the reader to err on the side of generous sizing, if you think you might be edging into large territory from medium, then you are a large in this cut. This is a performance garment and it is cut to be aerodynamic and form fitting, that being said, the only
drawback I noticed is that I found these bib tights slightly short in the torso which led to a certain "snugness" in the "inter-leg area" and I like bib design leg wear... If you are longwaisted try these on if you can before taking them home. In spite of this what can I say? I put these tights on and immediately forgot about them. Which is to say that they performed perfectly. I was warm, comfortable and completely unrestricted in movement.
Reviewed by SPDrecrd
Overall rating out of 10: 10+
What and how: Pearl Izumi's Gavia Bib Tights are comprised of matched panels of winter weight therma fleece spandex and AmFIB material. The Amphib fabric which resembles lightweight wet suit material, covers areas of large muscle groups. These panels are breathable yet block the wind and precipitation. The thermafleece panels cover areas of flex, around the knee and hip. The AmFIB material has an excellent range of flex and resilience but matching it with panels of the therma fleece provides an added sense of articulation and compression around joints and large muscle groups. Pairing off the two materials allows the Gavia tights to present the best qualities that are ideal for riding in wintery conditions.
The 3D Pro Chamois provides the optimal level of comfort in the saddle without any added bulk. The Pro chamois is the thinnest in Pearl Izumi's range, I tend to like a minimalist yet dense chamois, which makes the Pro perfect for me. If you like a little more padding, the Gavia line of tights comes in a few different levels. Thicker chamois are present in the other models. Spending a few hours in the saddle was no problem. The chamois itself is very well constructed. No seams, pressure points or hotspots showed themselves.
On the body: The Pro line in the Gavia tights is a race cut garment for the dedicated performance enthusiast, or professional athlete. If you are out riding on wintery days, with temps dipping down into the 20's, these are the perfect tights for you. The Gavia's are warm enough to go out on cold days with just the single layer. The combination of the fleecey brushed lining on the thermafleece material, the wind blocking of the AmFIB and the perfect chamois make the Gavia tights very comfortable. This lets you focus on your ride and forget about the cold. Cold, what cold? As mentioned earlier, this line of winter gear is race cut. So, it's on the lean side. When choosing sizes, you may want to either try the gear on, or choose the next size up.
In action: When shooting down a long descent at 45 mph with temps sitting at 38 degrees before wind chill is taken into account, you want to make sure that you have the right clothes on. It's not only a matter of comfort but also safety. I put the Gavia's through the ringer, took them out on cold days (as low as 24 degrees), windy days, wet days, and various combinations thereof. Not once did they fail me.