I probably didn’t need to wear such heavy-duty cycling pants, but it was the first really cool day we’d had this fall and I wanted to be warm. This sleek-looking tight from Specialized did the job admirably well. The temperatures—3ºC degrees (38º F) didn’t come close to testing the cold weather conditions that these robust pants are designed for. In fact, within about 30 minutes of starting the ride I was a tad too toasty (better than being too cold).
Panels on the front of the tights use a unique fabric, Therminal™ EX developed by Specialized to protect you from wind and rain/snow. The back part of the tights are insulated with cozy fleece. The cycling pants are comfortable on the bike but retain their spandex snugness. Chamois-free, you wear them over your favourite pair of cycling shorts, which cuts down on how frequently you need to wash the tights. Rated for temperatures between -4 to 10ºC (25 to 50ºF), the Deflect tight will keep you warm through late fall, and depending on where you live, early winter riding.
Ankle zippers make the tights easy to get on and off, and a reflective trim provides added visibility for low-light conditions. A silicone gripper holds the ankle in place. The ankles fit nicely into my shoe covers and didn’t travel during the ride.
With a base layer, the Specialized Therminal™ EX Deflect Tight could do double-duty for cross-country skiing, making it an impressive two-sport tight.
Bottom line: Sleek looking but robust. Excellent value.
Price: $139 CND Specialized Therminal™ EX Deflect Tight