The Magic that is the Thermal Bib Short

December 09, 2019

The Magic that is the Thermal Bib Short

The Thermal Bib as a staple piece in the core cyclist's wardrobe - Magic, a MUST!


SHOP WOMEN 

SHOP MEN

There is one piece of kit that every cyclist should have: a thermal bib short. The thermal bib short is a staple for professionals who live in parts where the temps dip below 60F (more on the exact temperature range later), but it’s amazing how few non-pros have this magical garment. Instead, riders go outside in frigid temps in their everyday bib shorts, which although great in the warm, provide very little protection from the the cold. 


One of the reasons people don’t add the magical thermal bib to their kit pile is that they don’t know they exist. Well, now you do. The second reason is that you can’t easily see that your fave pro is actually wearing them - and thus, we can’t emulate what we can’t see. BUT, they do. They’re even racing in them. They look like regular bibs, but on the inside the layer against the skin is a fleece fabric. This fleece allows air pockets. These air pockets are warmed by your body which in turn keeps you: warmer. Magic.


Dry, cold places: below 55.What’s the temperature range on these magical bibs, you ask? There is no black and white answer to that. This depends on you and your own temperature gauge and it is very dependent on some subtleties of the weather. It’s not just about the temperature. The humidity level plays a huge part. Here in Colorado, it is dry; very dry, with humidity levels below 25%, often. Thus, even on a sunny day in the 50s many are still in shorts. But, you have that temp in, say, Portland, Oregon (where I lived once upon a time) where humidity levels are higher, that 50 degrees can feel frigid. Thus, the exact temperature that Thermal bibs are good for varies. But, let’s just give it a range, to make this easy:

Wet, cold places: below 65

Something also to know: not all thermal bib shorts are created the same. There are two types: One uses the inexpensive nylon fleece, sold under the name SuperRoubiax®. Nylon loves water and so it soaks up and holds on to your sweat, thus creating a nasty, clammie climate inside your bibs. Clammie equals humid equals wet equals a cold and unhappy rider. You want the type of fleece that is wicking (polyester). At Panache, our bibs use the - more expensive - wicking fleece. The difference is huge. Additionally, the nylon face (outside threads) that we use (remember, I just said Nylon is like a sponge and loves water) sucks the moisture out of the wicking fleece and away from the body. The end result is a drier, warmer thermal bib AND thus, a warmer, happier rider!

Hopefully, this helps make your decision to get some Thermal Bibs an obvious choice! And, if you've read this far, you deserve some love. Use code THERMALLOVE at checkout for a 20% savings on a pair of PANACHE Thermal Bib Shorts*.

Panache Thermal Bib Short highlights:

  • Brushed Fleece fabric on inside that helps trap body warmth
  • Tight weave face (outside of fabric) that helps block wind
  • Protection above navel for core warmth
  • Silicone Gripper Ink that helps grip skin or warmers
  • Panache’s Cytech Stretch Endurance Chamois Pad

Thanks for reading!

The PANACHE Team

*While 2019/2020 Winter Supplies last.

 





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Size Charts
MEN'S SIZE CHART  (bib shorts, SS jerseys, skinsuits, adventure base layer)
Men Waist Height Chest
2X Small 24 - 27 < 5'0" 30 - 33
X Small 26 - 29 5'0" - 5'2 "33 - 35
Small 28 - 31 5'1" - 5'9" 35 - 37
Medium 30 - 34 5'4" - 5'11" 37 - 40
Large 33 - 37 5'6" - 6'2" 40 - 42
X Large 36 - 41 5'8" - 6'5" 42 - 44
2X Large 40 - 45 5'10" > 44 - 46
3X Large 44 - 50 5'11" > 46 - 48
WOMEN'S SIZE CHART (bib shorts, shorts, SS jerseys, skinsuits, adventure base layer)
Women Waist Height Chest
X Small 24 - 27 < 5'0" 30 - 33
Small 26 - 29 5'0" - 5'5" 33 - 35
Medium 28 - 31 5'2" - 5'9" 35 - 37
Large 30 - 34 5'4" - 5'11" 37 - 40
X Large 33 - 37 5'6" - 6'2" 40 - 42
2X Large 36 - 41 5'8" - 6'5" 42 - 44
3X Large 40 - 45 5'10" > 44 - 46
UNISEX SIZE CHART (jackets, vests, sleeveless base layer, superlight jersey)
Unisex Waist Height Chest
X Small 26 - 29 < 5'2" 33 - 35
Small 28 - 31 5'1" - 5'9" 35 - 37
Medium 30 - 34 5'4" - 5'11" 37 - 40
Large 33 - 37 5'6" - 6'2" 40 - 42
X Large 36 - 41 5'8" - 6'5" 42 - 44
2X Large 40 - 45 5'10" > 44 - 46
3X Large 44 - 50 5'11" > 46 - 48
SHOE COVER SIZE CHART
Size US Men US Women EU
Small < 6.5 < 8 < 39
Medium < 8 9 - 11 40 - 41
Large 9.5 - 10 11.5+ 42 - 43
X Large 11 - 11.5 44 - 45
2X-Large 12.5 > 46 >
SOCK SIZE CHART
Size US Men US Women EU
Small < 7 < 8.5 < 39
Medium 7.5 - 9.5 9 - 11 39 - 43.5
Large 10 - 12 11.5 + 44 - 46
X Large 12.5 + 46.5 +
GLOVE SIZE CHART Measure (inches) the circumference around your palm at the widest point below your knuckles excluding your thumb.
Size Unisex
X Small < 7
Small 7 - 8
Medium 8 - 9
Large 9 - 10
X Large 10 - 11
ARM WARMER SIZE CHART
Size Width at wrist Width at bicep Length
X Small 7.5 cm 12 cm 43.5 cm
Small 8 cm 12.5 cm 45.5 cm
Medium 8.5 cm 14 cm 47.5 cm
Large 9 cm 14.5 cm 49 cm
X Large 9 cm 16 cm 50 cm
2X-Large 9.5 cm 17 cm 53.5 cm
KNEE WARMER SIZE CHART
Size Width at calf Width at thigh Length
X Small 11.5 cm 16.5 cm 42.5 cm
Small 12 cm 19 cm 43.5 cm
Medium 12.5 cm 20.5 cm 45.5 cm
Large 13 cm 22 cm 47 cm
X Large 13.5 cm 22.5 cm 50 cm
2X-Large 14 cm 23 cm 51 cm
LEG WARMER SIZE CHART
Size Width at ankle Width at thigh Length
X Small 8.5 cm 16.5 cm 66.5 cm
Small 9 cm 18 cm 68 cm
Medium 9.5 cm 19 cm 69.5 cm
Large 10 cm 20 cm 71 cm
X Large 10.5 cm 21.5 cm 73 cm
2X-Large 11 cm 22 cm 75 cm