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Pearl Izumi uses a new fabric that is highly resistant to pilling and is exceptionally stretchy. They adjusted the cut to make the tights more form fitting than older models. I wore a medium in Pearl Izumi pants and tights for past couple decades. In this more stretchy fabric, I can squeeze into a small though the waist is a bit tighter than ideal. Medium still fits me well enough though I may wear the small if I want firmer compression. I wish they made a size in between small and medium with the legs of the small and the waist of the medium.
The only downside is they omitted the small key pocket that is included in most other Pearl Izumi tights. Some models like the newer versions of their Amfib even includes a smartphone pocket on the left I found convenient.
I was looking for a thermal tight allowing me to ride into the cool fall weather, and these exceeded expectations. They cut wind and keep me extremely comfortable, just cozy enough. I found they also wick sweat impressively. I am a 5'10," 150 lb woman and a size medium fit perfectly. Very pleased.
I’ve been wearing Pearl for 25 years. I’ve been a size large until this pair, had to go to xl, and no i didn’t gain weight. Xl fit great, these are warm tights for 25+ degrees riding days. No complaints would recommend.
I too have been using Pearl tights in the past. So recently…after many years and miles of use it was time to replace the old pair. XL in the past, ordered XL again. I have a 38” waist, this new XL is likely intended for a 34”. Reordered a XXL; let’s see what happens.