I kept hoping to get this review done in November or early December, but frankly, the Texas weather was not consistently cooperating. But January has brought some ridiculously chilly weather (by our wimpy Texas standards), so I finally got a couple of chances to try out the GoLite Cross Timbers Zonal Tight (Retail $85). (And note to the guys: The Cross Timbers Zonal Tight comes in Mens, as well.)
The first thing I noticed (and loved) when I tried them on was the super-soft fleece lining. Despite the stretchy fleece lining, these tights were still uber-lightweight. They fit true-to-size. I was able to wear my standard Medium. They feature zippered ankles, a small zippered pocket in the back, and a drawstring waist. While they fit snug, they weren't a struggle to get on like some of the more compressive tights. I know, you really want to see what they look like on, right? Yeah, right. Sorry folks... while I enjoy the comfort and warmth of tights, I don't want to cause accidents on the trail by blinding people with the view of my rear in super tight spandex... so I slipped a running skirt over top of them... I'm actually wearing them in this Frigid 10K photo, though it's hard to tell... if you saw the full length, you'd see that they were a couple inches short for my amazon legs (which means they probably have a standard 32" inseam or so). But since they were tights with snug ankles, I didn't mind a little flood preparation... it looked fine (or maybe it didn't, and no one let me in on my fashion faux pas).
Anyhow, that day the temperature was just above freezing with some breezy wind, and during the race, I was completely comfortable (temperature-wise). After the race, I sat outside another 30 minutes and felt plenty warm. I experienced no chafing at all. They were ridiculously comfortable, and I just overall love them. I do not like being cold, so I was thrilled to finally just feel comfortable on a cold-weather run. You can bet I'll have them on again this weekend for Too Cold To Hold!
Just a few more details:
Weight - 7 oz.
Materials - Nylon + Polyester + Spandex
Features - Brushed stretch-fleece throughout front of legs, Anti-chafe flatlock construction, and Reflective logos and piping for night safety.
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Giveaway ends on 1/25. I will post the randomly-chosen winner on 1/26.