The phrase don't compromise has long been the mantra employed by Assos for its technical cycling apparel. Sure, it sounds like a sound principle to adhere to, but it takes a detailed inspection of the product at hand to really see what the Swiss designers mean by this. Take the new LL. pompaDours5 Women's Tights, for example, as they were constructed to specifically fit, support, and protect the female body in cold winter weather riding conditions. And while many apparel manufactures claim that their products possess these same characteristics, no one but Assos is as obsessed with refining its items until absolute perfection is achieved. The platform for the LL. pompaDour comes from Assos' LL. uma that it replaces, but the pattern has been revised to mimic the LL. 716's twinDeck foiling technology. What this means is that instead of using a bulky and inflexible membrane for the thigh and knee panels, Assos employed a specific double layer construction Assos' RXQ fleece backed material provides next to skin comfort and light insulation, with a layer of its proprietary Stratagon ultralight membrane keeping you shielded from the cold, wind, and light rain. Together, this dual layer system provides total freedom of knee movement, while still providing exceptional comfort and protection from the elements. The LL. pompaDour was constructed using four panels, six different textiles, and 10 components. For the majority of the paneling, Assos' RXplus fabric was used. This is a heavier weight, refined version of the former Roubaix fabric, meaning that it provides both an increase in abrasion resistance and insulation. The real beauty of this material is that while it effectively shields and insulates the body, it still delivers that legendary, silky Assos touch to the skin. The second brand new fabric to emerge from the ASSOS Textile Lab is known as stratagonUltra. This ultrathin material was strategically placed due to its elastic properties, as its flexible compo...