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    Default Need stupidly warm tights

    Hands? Fine. Feet? Mostly OK. Torso, no issues.

    But my outer thighs and butt absolutely FREEZE. Yesterday I rode with Gore windstopper fleece tights, then UA cold gear tights and THEN skiing softshell pants over all that and my legs were uncomfortably cold. (My hands were a sweaty mess, I had to swap gloves at the midway point and shove shoe dryers in both pair when I got home. Warm hands is one of my superpowers.)

    I have lots of winter weight bike tights (mostly Gore, some PI, some Garneau and maybe a Performance house brand or two) and none are nearly warm enough. I'm also rocking an additional 15# so it's not like I don't have any natural insulation at the moment.

    Suggestions? I could probably even get away with a stupidly warm knee length layer because below the knee I'm fine. Doesn't have to be bike specific.

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    Too tight/snug reducing circulation?

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    PI Amfib tights are what I use for temps like today (below 20). Not sure if you've already tried those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
    Too tight/snug reducing circulation?
    Possibly exacerbating the issue but the past two winters (when I've been closer to fighting weight) have also been cold-legged.

    hozn - I read your other post about biking in this am in those tights and that's what made me remember to post this question. I just ordered a pair. We'll see!
    Last edited by Tania; 01-02-2018 at 11:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tania View Post
    hozn - I read your other post about biking in this am in those tights and that's what made me remember to post this question. I just ordered a pair. We'll see!
    I hope they work!

    They are significantly warmer than standard thermal tights (I have a pair of Craft that are otherwise probably my warmest). Wearing warm thermal tights and adding loose hiking pants on top works for me when there isn't a big wind-chill factor (e.g. for mtb), but the Amfibs are great at stopping wind.

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    Interestingly, Dr. Google tells me that fat doesn't have the same circulation that muscle does.

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    I quite enjoy my Smartwool tights. Rode this morning with Endura leg warmers on underneath the smartwool tights and my legs were fine. With your softshell ski pants, that should heavily cut the wind, so just insulation is what you need. Can't go wrong with wool.

    Now if only I could solve my cold feet issues......

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    I have a set of AmFibs. I was hoping they'd be better for temps under 20 than my current heavy winter tights (Sugois of some form), but was disappointed during one of the cold snaps a few weeks ago when it was like 19 and my legs were uncomfortably cold. This morning I wore wool knickers under my Sugois and felt great, but I think I would've been way too cold with just the Amfibs (I can't wear the Amfibs over my knickers because I accidentally bought Amfibs with a pad). I don't mean that to say there's anything wrong with AmFibs, but I had probably overly high expectations of their warmth and was disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett L. View Post

    Now if only I could solve my cold feet issues......
    Do you have boots? I bought a pair of Lake 303's off of dbb and my feet were fine yesterday and today. Much better than wearing shoe covers last year.

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    So are you all rocking the chamois-free life? I think in that battle I'd be on Team Cold Butt.

    All of my tights are chamois free but I'll wear padded bike shorts under them.

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