Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Thermal Barrier Tight


  • Spring/Summer 2013
  • The ELITE Thermal Barrier Tight features a new design as well as wind-resistant softshell Panels at the front and rear quad area and at the knees, increasing the effective temperature range.
  • Gear designed and constructed to fit perfectly to the body in motion. The perfect balance of anatomic fit, performance engineered materials and the personal interface between athlete and gear.
  • Our 4 core fabric technologies (Transfer, Barrier, Thermal and Softshell ) create a system that works to help you maintain the perfect temperature for the weather conditions and activity range day in and day out
  • Pearl Izumi product is built to last the lifetime of the garment, and this is how long we will stand behind it. Product purchased from an authorized dealer or retailer is fully warranted to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship


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ELITE Thermal Fleece fabric panels provide superior moisture transfer and warmth ELITE Barrier fabric provides superior wind protection Constructed leg articulation for a full range of motion 8'' lower leg zipper with internal draft flap and zipper garage Contoured leg opening provides additional coverage at top of shoe Silicone gripper at ankles to keep tights in place 360 degree reflectivity

Product details
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Package Dimensions : 9.6 x 7.4 x 2.5 inches; 8.8 Ounces
  • Item model number : 11111240
  • Department : Mens
  • Date First Available : June 16, 2012
  • Manufacturer : Pearl Izumi
  • ASIN : B0071N0Q3K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,495 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
    • #1409 in Men's Cycling Tights, Pants & Shorts
    • #300 in Men's Outdoor Recreation Tights & Leggings
    • #965 in Men's Sports Compression Pants & Tights

I haven't had a chance to get much use out of these yet, but from a fit standpoint I think they are great! I am about 5'11" and weigh 200 lbs., I bought the XL and they fit as close to perfect as I could expect. I will use them for cold weather cycling primarily so will wear a bib short under them for the chamois. I'm very happy with the fit and quality material/workmanship of these tights. I really like PI's products and these do not disappoint. I'm excited to put them to the test when the fall winds start blowing!

There is no zipper to break at the cuffs (which has invariably been my experience). In place of bibs, I use button suspenders, otherwise there's a drawstring built into the waist. The weight of the fabric (thickness) on these is really useful... you can wear them comfortably down to temperatures in the low 50's high 40's just as they are; all the way down below freezing if you add a layer of insulated underwear beneath them. The fabric is very stretchy and forgiving... the seams and stitching throughout is first rate.

The length is a little more problematic. Because there's no zipper at the cuffs, I can wear these about halfway covering my foot without any discomfort, which I need to do if I don't want excess material pooling around the ankles. When worn like this, the fit is actually quite nice. The chamois is a very basic cottony one, but it is reasonably comfortable. The absence of a zipper only means you can't put these on over your shoes, if that's important to you. Otherwise, they go on and come off without issues. I started wearing these in October and they have held up well through many miles and washings.

In my here, now the weather is very hot, I can't wear it, I hope it can be kept leg warmer at 10 degrees Celsius weather and effectively cut the wind but still maintains the permeability.
I am 5'9", 176lbs, 41" natural waist. A little loose size "XXL". The length fits perfectly.

Have liked Pearl Izumi product for a many years. These tights live up to the reputation I've had. Very good quality and design. The price I got on Amazon $37 compared to $150 in the local shop WOW!.

Very happy with the overall fit of them, though with a 30" inseam the XL is a few inches too long for me. It's worth mentioning that these are NOT padded, so you'll most likely want to double up with a pair of padded shorts.

Otherwise no issues with them - very comfortable (even when sweaty) and they hold up well in the wash.

Keeps legs warm in 40 degree weather. Effectively cuts out all wind but still maintains breathability. True to size chart.

Not nearly as good as the previous (discontinued) model. Still the extremely high quality I expect from PI products, but the new material is more like a thin wet suit than a thermal compression tight. Have found that I only wear these when the others are in the wash. Strongly prefer the old model. May look around and try the  Smartwool Men's PhD HyFi Zip Tight  as a replacement. Won't wear these much as they're pretty uncomfortable.

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Die Hose bietet die Qualität, die ich bei Artikeln von Pearl Izumi gewohnt bin und schätze. Gutes Material, gute Verarbeitung. Sie ist eng geschnitten, sitzt wie angegossen und hält trotz dünnem Stoff gut warm, denn das winddichte Material lässt die kalte Umgebungsluft nicht eindringen. Ich habe mich bewusst für eine Hose ohne Sitzpolster entschieden, denn so kann ich sie nicht nur zum Radfahren, sondern auch zum Laufen verwenden, wofür sie ebenfalls gut geeignet ist.

Für den Winter seit längerem mein Lieblingsprodukt.
Vorgängerprodukt war bei mir ehr zu klein, dieses ist ehr zu groß bei gleicher Größe.....

In der PRaxis störte die "zu große" Hose aber nicht und hält besser warm als der Vorgänger

Teilweise doppelter Stoff, hält schön warm, geht gut mit in der Bewegung und ist auch lang genug. Sitzt allerdings schon sehr figurnah, das ist nicht bei allen Winterhosen so.

Entgegen der Produktbeschreibung hat diese Hose kein Sitzpolster. Wieder einmal eine falsche Darstellung eines Produktes im Hause Amazon. Hose wurde zurückgeschickt.