Gore's Bike Wear division is just one part of its outdoor clothing business, and, if you're like us, you use its clothing in multiple sports, not just cycling. You also likely enjoy finding multiple uses for any given article of clothing, and a garment's ability to move freely between activities is a strong selling point. Gore's Element Windstopper Soft Shell Bib Tights Without a Chamois do just that, providing winter protection that fits well on the bike but without a chamois to impede use for running, skiing, or snowboarding. And when you do take them on rides, you can use your preferred summer chamois underneath. Or no chamois at all. It's totally up to you. As with all Gore clothing, the star of these tights is the fabric. They incorporate three layers in a build more akin to a 2. 5 layer construction: an outer shell, a Windstopper membrane, and a lining. In this cycling sandwich, the two pieces of bread protect the Windstopper so that it can protect you, keeping you warm, breathing to transfer moisture and prevent overheating, and fending off the elements. The back panel has a more flexible but less protective blend of materials, letting you move freely in the areas that don't need as much wind protection. The Element line's Soft Shell construction is a touch heavier than Gore's similar Active Shell fabric, owing to a difference in lining. Active Shell uses a thin, mesh like scrim for wind protection without adding undue warmth and weight while the Soft Shell incorporates a plush, soft lining that's thicker for insulation in cold weather. Given that we typically turn to tights for warmth and we have a propensity for soft things, we appreciate the Soft Shell's focus on cold weather comfort. The bibs incorporate a front zip with a chafe eliminating underflap to facilitate bio breaks and getting the tights on and off, a process that the ankle zippers help with. The back of the bibs is mesh for ventilation and reflective highlights help keep you visible in th...