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Does anyone make a MEC Venturi -type tight anymore?

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For those who do not remember these, they were thermal cycling tights with a GoreTex face layer across the front.

 

anyone make something like this anymore?

post #2 of 10

Gore Bike wear?   www.gorebikewear.com  Windstopper, not goretex, but perhaps that's sufficient.  Afterall, they are owned by gore, the manufacturer of goretex.

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Gore Bike wear?   www.gorebikewear.com  Windstopper, not goretex, but perhaps that's sufficient.  Afterall, they are owned by gore, the manufacturer of goretex.



Hmm.   The Xenon SO maybe; it's advertised as 'windproof'.   

 

MEC's old Venturi was a really burly piece of work: you could pedal downhill in a driving ice storm in them as the entire front was 2-gore panels on top of a thermal tight.

 

Imagine something that looks like a Xenon SO from the back, and a Showers Pass roadie pant from the front.

post #4 of 10

I've got a Gore jacket and a pair of tights.  They are very good, and I've worn both in moderate rain with no problem.  Of course, if it is really raining, then you migh want actual rain gear...

 

Mike

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Oh, I have rain gear for the bike; this was more for the days when the river is almost completely frozen and crossing the bridges is 15-20F colder than anywhere else in town, or for the days when the headwind carries sleet on it.

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The Gore stuff then is what I'd recommend.  It's the bomb.  A guy at a local bike shop also highly recommended it -- he rode 2-3 days a week last winter from Nederland to Boulder and he said it was the only bike gear he'd encountered that'd come close to keeping him warm.

 

Mike

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Gore Wear is awesome. I just picked up a soft shell windstopper jacket I use for running and biking. It's fantastic stuff. Breathes extremely well, athletic fit, simple clean design.   Also bought their gloves as well. they are also incredible winter/cold weather gloves, only ones I have found that have padding on palm, better protection/warmth on the back of the hand and up into the fingers.

 

http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/Satellite/PROD_JWCONZ?landingid=1208436857421A   jacket

 

http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/Satellite/PROD_GWALPT?landingid=1208436857364O   gloves

 

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Pearl Iz Elite softshell?

 

Louis Garneau Solano?

 

Endura Stealth Lite (these are on my wish list)

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Pearl Iz Elite softshell?

 

The PIE Thermal tight is a Hummer compared to the Venturi tank, but worth checking out since technology /does/ march on.    Any idea of durability on those?

 

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Louis Garneau Solano?

 

Intriguing look.   No idea who would have a pair near here.    The urethane treatment is something I would feel compelled  to try and compare to the Gore product.

 

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Endura Stealth Lite

Those and the Stealth Extreme look SWEET.    "THUNK" <- that's them landing on my wish list too.

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I have a pair of the Pearl Thermals. I am not sure if they are the same as the PIE. The tags are no longer legiable. They have been through several seasons with no major problems. I hit the inner calf area, and put a few chain ring holes in them. I thought they were done at the time, surely to unravel. Some minor pilling in the nether region area. They have held up well. I only use them on the coldest of days. They are unchamoised. I wear another pair of shorts under them and ski socks. I like riding like this because it keeps the knees partially frozen....particularly the left knee. Any how, I would buy another pair of these.

 

I just liked the look of the Louis Garneau. I think one of my friends has some of these. I'll ask him if he likes them. Although he is more of a runner than a cyclist. I need to see if he still has that Schwinn Rocket 88 I sold him as well. I need to look at that suspension more closely...

 

I really like Endura stuff. I have 2 jerseys and, 2 pair of their shorts, the chamois fit me perfectly. I would like to get some of their tights. I have a friend, of a friend that worked for them. I don't think I can get deals on them any longer. But, I will check. Otherwise, the $200 entrance fee is a bit steep for me.

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