Cool, dry or semi-dry weather can offer the most pleasant cycling of the year. It is easy to extend your cycling range when you have the gear, and Garneau has a strong reputation for great shoulder season pieces. The Womens Solano Chamois Tights have been an essential part of their collection for quite a few years now and this model is their third evolution. The Solano 3rd gen series feature a softshell laminated fabric at the front of the legs and back of the calves protecting from oncoming wind and precipitation, as well as on back of the leg to catch kick-up spray. Two other fabrics are used to complement this Supra WindDry2 shoftshell, with Garneau's HeatMaxx tight knit fleece delivering thermal properties and wicking away moisture, and Endurexx, a chemical resistant knit which is soft to the touch, and glides over the skin. In this sub $140 tight, there is substantial fabric technology for the dollar, and that doesn't factor in the quality construction, features, and noted durability.
This standard cycling fit from Garneau is form fitting, but not race-level snug. Many serious cyclists will opt for a properly fitting bibtight, which hold a seat pad in place and have less waist pressure. Now, with the Solano 3, Garneau has improved the fit, hold and comfort with the new HiTop waistband, which also has a drawstring, which comes in two version, both with pad and and no pad options to give you the best option for you. These tights do have the women's Airzone 2 pad, an excellent choice for cold weather comfort. It features beveled edges and variable high-density, perforated memory foam. This technology eliminates any drastic drops of heights at the edge of the foam, resulting in a smooth transition, no pinching points and no chafing. Foam and fabric used for this chamois maximize moisture wicking and the fabric is treated with anti-bacterial solution. This ergonomic chamois with 4-way stretch is pre-molded for a superior fit with seamless construction.
As far as other key features, the designers added an easy-access pocket to the right thigh, to conveniently store nutrition or a needed essential like lip balm. The ankle cuffs are easy to pull over and have a stitched structure to prevent distortion. Finally, there are reflective accents front and rear for visibility.